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Substance Abuse Projects
ICH collaborates with a variety of partners on substance abuse projects. Some of our projects include the following:
SUSTAIN Communities Evaluation
ICH is the evaluator for the SUSTAIN Communities, an initiative funded by the GE Foundation with support from Partners HealthCare. SUSTAIN Communities provides grants and technical assistance to community health centers to build capacity for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for patients with opioid use disorder. Thus far, SUSTAIN Communities has awarded grants to a cohort of 10 community health centers, with a second round of grants to be awarded in early 2018. Grantee CHCs receive trainings, executive coaching, and physician-led mentoring and technical assistance.
ICH is doing a mixed-methods evaluation to assess the impact of the program on staff and organizational capacity to provide MAT services. ICH has completed baseline data collection for the first grantee cohort and is currently collecting follow-up data. Data collected through the evaluation have helped individual health centers identify gaps and areas of focus to optimize their programs, and have helped the grant managers and funder identify areas of highest need for training and technical assistance offerings in the future.
JRI Adolescent Treatment Evaluation
The purpose of the Justice Resource Institute’s (JRI) Greater Boston Integrated Adolescent Treatment Project is to fill a gap in family-centered substance abuse treatment for youth ages 12-17 who have co-occurring substance abuse, mental health, trauma, violence, or homelessness concerns, as well as stigma associated with sexual minority status. ICH serves as the evaluator for this project.
MassCall2 Opioid Overdose Prevention – Impact Quincy & Cambridge OPEN
Through a 2008 federal grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) identified fatal and non-fatal opioid-related overdoses as one of the substance abuse issues of greatest concern in the state of Massachusetts.
In an effort to help local stakeholders understand and address the opioid overdose problem in their communities, BSAS awarded MassCALL II grants to 15 high-incidence communities across the state. Impact Quincy, a program of Bay State Community Services (BSCS), as well as Cambridge OPEN (the Cambridge Opioid Prevention Education Network), a program of the Cambridge Prevention Coalition (CPC), both received MassCALL II funds. Throughout this project, both programs have worked in collaboration with multiple community stakeholders to reduce the number of fatal and non-fatal overdoses in their communities. ICH works with both groups to provide evaluation support.