Health Department expands addiction treatment program at community health centers

8/2/2018, 10:34 a.m.
As part of HealingNYC, the Health Department announced the expansion of the Buprenorphine Nurse Care Manager Initiative, which provides buprenorphine ...
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“As chair of the City Council’s Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction, I am pleased to learn the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is expanding their Nurse Care Manager Initiative throughout community health centers,” said Council Member Diana Ayala. “Buprenorphine is an effective way to treat opioid addiction, but drug users who are uninsured or underinsured often encounter trouble accessing it. The expansion of the Nurse Care Manager Initiative will mitigate this and ensure people have more options in choosing addiction treatment,”

“Seeing the difference buprenorphine makes in our patients’ lives is exciting,” said Kate Kozeniewski, RN, Buprenorphine Nurse Coordinator, Brightpoint Health. “Their physical and mental health improves. Patients tell me that they feel better because they are repairing and growing relationships with friends, family and community.”

The first 14 health centers that are part of the Buprenorphine Nurse Care Manager Initiative all have appointments available for new patients seeking buprenorphine:

Brightpoint Health

Bay Street Health Center (Stapleton–St. George, Staten Island)

Sterling Health Center (Bedford-Stuyvesant–Crown Heights, Brooklyn)

Sutphin Health Center (Jamaica, Queens)

Community Health Care Network

Community Healthcare Network, South Bronx (Hunts Point–Mott Haven, Bronx)

Community Healthcare Network, Williamsburg (Williamsburg–Bushwick, Brooklyn)

Health Care Choices

HealthCare Choices (Borough Park, Brooklyn)

HealthCare Choices at East New York (East New York, Brooklyn)

Acacia Network

Claremont Family Health Center (Crotona–Tremont, Bronx)

Clay Family Health Center (Crotona–Tremont, Bronx)

Park Avenue Family Health Center (Crotona–Tremont, Bronx)

Montefiore/Bronx Community Health Network

Comprehensive Family Care Center (Pelham–Throgs Neck, Bronx)

Family Care Center (Fordham–Bronx Park, Bronx)

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health

Sydenham Health Center (Central Harlem–Morningside Heights, Manhattan)

Gouverneur Health Center (Lower East Side, Manhattan)

The newly funded health centers are introducing buprenorphine treatment services for patients beginning in late 2018:

Center for Comprehensive Health Practice

Center for Comprehensive Health Practice (East Harlem, Manhattan)

Community Healthcare Network

Community Healthcare Network, Sutphin Boulevard (Jamaica, Queens)

Community Healthcare Network, Long Island City (Long Island City, Queens)

Family Health Centers at NYU Langone Health

Flatbush Family Health Center (East Flatbush–Flatbush, Brooklyn)

Park Ridge Family Health Center (Sunset Park, Brooklyn)

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Internal Medicine Associates (East Harlem, Manhattan)

Interfaith Medical Center

Bishop Orris G. Walker Jr. Health Center (Bedford-Stuyvesant–Crown Heights, Brooklyn)

Montefiore/Bronx Community Health Network

Family Health Center (Northeast Bronx, Bronx)

Williamsbridge Family Practice Center (Fordham–Bronx Park, Bronx)

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health

Vanderbilt Health Center (Stapleton–St. George, Staten Island)

William F. Ryan Community Health Network

Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center (Chelsea–Clinton, Manhattan

William F. Ryan Community Health Center (Upper West Side, Manhattan)

Treatment with buprenorphine or methadone is highly effective and can reduce the risk of overdose and death. Individuals seeking support or treatment for substance use issues for themselves or their loved ones can contact NYC Well by calling 1-888-NYC-WELL, texting “WELL” to 65173 or going to Free, confidential support is available at any hour of the day in more than 200 languages.

If you witness an overdose, call 911 immediately.