Pilot Program in Nassau County to Link Hospital Visits and Treatment
Nassau County in New York is expanding its medically assisted treatment programs with a new pilot program, Newsday reports.
While the article could not fully predict how many people would be helped by the program, it did go into some detail on how the program would work:
While the patients are in detox, Maryhaven employees will work with insurance companies, Medicaid and Medicare on paperwork and approvals, said Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, who was part of discussions on developing the program.
“Those in crisis are seldom equipped to navigate the insurance complexities, the voluminous paperwork, the delays for [long-term residential] beds and the simple logistics toward treatment,” she said. “We needed to close the gap between a person in crisis at the emergency room and the lifesaving treatment that they needed.”
The article went on to report:
George Tsunis, chairman of NuHealth, the public benefit corporation that runs NUMC, said the medical center will devote 22 more beds to medically assisted treatment for addiction.
There currently are 20 such beds for medical treatment and detox, said Dr. Anthony Boutin, chief medical officer at NUMC.
NUMC employees also will make available the anti-opioid-addiction medicine Vivitrol to inmates from the Nassau County Correctional Center who want it, Tsunis said.