Barre Family Health Center recognized for opioid addiction treatment in primary care

Family medicine and rural health training site receives SAMHSA Science and Service Award

May 31, 2013

The Barre Family Health Center (BFHC), a family medicine residency and rural health scholars training site for UMass Medical School, has received the 2013 Science and Service Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the field of opioid addiction treatment. “SAMHSA applauds your work in improving patient outcomes using evidence-based practices. Your innovative practice represents quality and excellence in patient care,” the agency wrote in the award notification.

Under the leadership of Stephen Martin, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, in collaboration with Daniel Mullin, PsyD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health and post-doctoral fellow David Trotter, PhD, the BFHC team of faculty, residents, medical assistants and nurses has integrated behavioral treatments into services for patients working toward recovery. Those services include group therapy for patients receiving suboxone treatment, and motivational interviewing to support patients’ positive behavioral changes.

As a result of these efforts, this year BFHC will graduate its first class of residents with the knowledge and skills required to provide primary care treatment of opioid dependence.

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