Chronic Opioid Use, Addiction and Heroin - A Care Team Approach


Marya Albrecht, RN
Health Navigator, St. Gabriel's Health, Family Medical Center

Dr. Heather Bell, MD
Family Medicine Physician, St. Gabriel's Health Family Medical Center

Kurt Devine, MD
Family Medicine Physician, St. Gabriel's Health, Family Medical Center

Kimberly Moffitt
Behavioral Health Care Coordinator, St. Gabriel's Health, Family Medical Center

Theresa Sweeney, LICSW
Social Worker, St. Gabriel's Health, Family Medical Center

Session Details

Date and time: Tuesday, April 4, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Learning track: Social Determinants of Health
Learning level: Intermediate

Session Description

This session examines a patient-centric care model designed for those prescribed chronic pain medicine and patients with addictions (such as heroin) in a primary care setting. Presenters will outline the roles and significance of care team members and describe how community partnerships are integral to ongoing care management for patients prescribed chronic opioids. Unique partnership designs with behavioral health specialists applying collaborative care coordination will be reviewed. Physicians will also discuss how medication-assisted therapy via Suboxone treatment was introduced into the primary care setting. Important care-planning considerations needed for integrating these programs into other primary care clinics will be presented.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of a comprehensive care-team approach for chronic opioid use; the roles of care team members; and the importance of community partnerships.
  • Gain insights from a model implemented in primary care to treat addiction and heroin-use for patients in rural communities.
  • Describe alternative care-team models featuring collaboration with behavioral health partners for treatment and care coordination.