CMMC receives grant to combat substance abuse

Saturday, September 29, 2018
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Michele Stanton, CMMC’s lead care coordinator in Behavioral Health, holds informational brochures related to substance abuse.

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Prater

On behalf of nine North Central Montana Hospital Alliance critical access hospitals, Central Montana Medical Center has received a one-year planning grant through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning. The purpose of the grant is to support treatment for, and prevention of, substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in rural counties at high risk for substance use disorder.

The three elements of the planning grant to be covered are prevention, treatment, and recovery. The funding provides a year of planning, including extensive training for healthcare employees to work toward integrating substance use disorder into the primary care setting.

The training will include implementation of researchbased screening tools, education of community and state resources currently available, recruitment of additional resources, and collaboration within team members of the healthcare organization.

CMMC grant writer Doris Barta and care coordination staff have solicited a skilled team of professionals from across the state to work together to create a sustainable program. Michele Stanton will serve as the program director and Dr. Bennett as the medical director for this grant-funded program.

Only two other recipients were awarded an RCORPplanning grant, both located on or near reservation areas of Hardin and Fort Belknap. This is a huge opportunity for Lewistown and the partnering communities within the NMHA network to begin working toward filling the gaps of substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and education.

The CMMC Care Coordination department and the grant consultants are looking forward to having a year to plan for sustainable substance use programs in primary care settings. The grant is funded from Sept. 30, 2018 through Sept. 29, 2019.

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