Behavioral Health initiatives
To address the mental health crisis that is tied to Substance Use Disorder, Cape Cod Healthcare is continuing to develop and expand our Behavioral Health Services. By continuous education and development of guidelines for medical professionals, we can improve Emergency Department assessment services for patients who overdose or otherwise request mental health assessment.
For Emergency Department patients heading toward outpatient treatment, ED Navigators will assist in the transition. Increased options for community case management services and improved coordination among providers and agencies are included in the plan.
Expanded Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) and outpatient care in community outpatient settings and recovery support for patients, post-intervention, are aimed at improving outcomes for patients.
Cape Cod Healthcare:
- Provides addiction consultations to medical/surgical/maternity patients
- Provides recovery navigators for patients within our Emergency Departments
- Provides continued education and guideline development for medical professionals
- Increased options for community case management services
- Provides recovery support for patients, post-intervention
Cape Cod Healthcare is strengthening the regional care for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. These initiatives were implemented to align our goals with the community’s needs.
Hepatitis C is nearly 10 times more transmittable than HIV and is spread quickly among users of intravenous drugs.
Barnstable County experienced a significant rise in the incidence rate per 100,000 persons of Hepatitis C virus from 2009 (63) to 2013 (144). This appears to be an all-time high for Barnstable County and is significantly higher than the rate in MA (119) overall.
A public awareness campaign about Hepatitis C is among the initiatives outlined in the 2017-2019 Community Health Needs Assessment [pdf].
Support during pregnancy
In addition to pregnancy support groups for those with substance use disorders, community resources are available through Moms Do Care, a project funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.