This week, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Family First Health received funding to develop a Center of Excellence for treating opioid-related substance-use disorder.
The goal of treating the whole person with a substance-use disorder falls in line with the collaborative care work already going on at Family First Health sites. The award is an infusion of resources that support our ability to work with others to have a broader community impact, versus a more narrow focus on our existing patients.
The Center of Excellence will be based in York and through existing Family First Health sites and partnerships, additional access points in key locations will be identified throughout the county.
The implementation plan is in development, but Family First Health’s vision “is to create a hub and spoke model that will build on existing resources, fill gaps where necessary and always be guided by those impacted most by dependency and addiction,” said CEO Jenny Englerth.
“Our intention is leverage best and promising practices in the treatment field to enhance the delivery system with direct services and to be a ‘go-to’ source for all of those in the community seeking to address this complex issue.”
As Family First Health grows as a Center of Excellence, it will be adding expertise and dedicated individuals to expand our reach in line with the vision of the state Department of Health.
For more information about the Centers of Excellence, visit www.dhs.pa.gov.
About Family First Health
Founded in 1970, Family First Health is a non-profit, federally qualified health center dedicated to increasing access to affordable, quality health care. With sites in York, Hannah Penn Middle School, Lewisberry, Hanover and Gettysburg, Family First Health provides a broad range of primary health, dental care and social services to insured, uninsured and underinsured patients with the goal of improving the health of our communities as a whole. For more information, visit www.familyfirsthealth.org. Se habla espańol.