Marinette, Wis. – More than $1 million in *grants from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) and the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Foundation will provide additional resources to address substance use disorders in Oconto, Marinette, Menominee, Shawano and Florence Counties.
The grants were recently awarded to HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, which operates Libertas Treatment Center in Marinette, to implement action plans created by the Heroin Opioid Prevention Education (HOPE) Consortium. In May 2019, Libertas Treatment Center in Marinette was awarded a $200,000 HRSA planning grant, as well as a $20,000 matching grant from the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, to lead and operate the HOPE Consortium, consisting of a team of representatives from area organizations.
“Our goal is to collectively work as a region to address the public and personal health crisis of opioid use disorder,” said Jeff Stumbras, Executive Director of Behavioral Health for HSHS in Eastern Wisconsin, Libertas Treatment Center and Prevea Health. “This funding will allow us to strengthen and expand rural opioid and substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery services. It is the NEW HOPE Consortium’s task to enhance the ability of our rural residents to access needed health care and provide a path towards recovery.”
During the past year, the HOPE Consortium has spent time assessing the current resources available in Oconto, Marinette, Menominee, Shawano and Florence Counties for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder. It has also worked to identify additional resources needed in Oconto, Marinette, Menominee, Shawano and Florence Counties for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder; and has developed a 3-year strategic plan to strengthen and sustain prevention and treatment resources in all five counties for the long-term. With the new HRSA and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Foundation grants, the HOPE Consortium will now begin to implement their 3-year strategic plan which focuses on three areas: prevention, treatment and recovery.
The following actions will be taken for prevention:
- Develop educational activities to increase community awareness and education and reduce stigma attached to substance use
- Increase knowledge and access to naloxone in the region
- Support and expand drug take back events
- Support and expand school and community-based youth prevention programming
- Increase the number of opportunities to identify and screen individuals at risk of substance use disorders and opioid use disorders
The following actions will be taken for treatment:
- Increase collaboration between county health departments, medical providers and substance use disorder providers for patients with concurrent substance use disorder and infectious disease conditions by instituting universal screening as recommended by the United States Preventive Task Force (USPSTF)
- Increase the number of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and counseling providers who collaborate with substance use disorder providers.
- Increase the number of providers in the region who can treat individuals with substance use disorder and opioid use disorder
- Create comprehensive continuum of care for substance use disorder and opioid use disorder patients
- Increase collaboration with law enforcement, fire departments and first responders
- Optimize reimbursement for treatment services
- Increase the visibility of existing substance use disorder and opioid use disorder services in the region to the community
The following actions will be taken for recovery:
- Provide the continuum of care for people in recovery
- Build a network of peer support specialists in the region
- Create a robust recovery community
*This news release is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $999,992 with 100 percent funded by HRSA/HHS and no amount or percent funded by nongovernment sources. (A separate additional grant of $15,000 to support the HRSA project work plan was committed by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Foundation.) The news release contents are those of the project authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.
About Libertas Treatment Center
Libertas Treatment Center is a private substance use disorders treatment facility in Eastern Wisconsin. With inpatient and outpatient services for adolescents and outpatient services for adults in Green Bay, and outpatient services for adolescents and adults in Marinette, Libertas is affiliated with HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, Wis. For more information, please visit: www.libertastreatment.org.