Eskenazi to Lead One of Three New Drug Treatment Networks

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Eskenazi to Lead One of Three New Drug Treatment Networks

New coordinated approach seeks to get patients to most appropriate care, generate better data on treatment success

(INDIANAPOLIS) -  Indiana Is setting up a more coordinated approach to drug treatment.

Indy's Eskenazi Hospital, Regional Health Systems in Merrillville, and Community Mental Health Center in Lawrenceburg will spearhead regional networks of local treatment providers. The goal is to put patients in the treatment protocol that's right for them, no matter what treatment center they go to first.

Indiana drug czar Jim McClelland says connecting treatment centers will also ensure patients don't fall through the cracks when it's time to transition to a new phase of their recovery, whether from inpatient to outpatient care, or into a recovery halfway house. And he says coordinating multiple centers will generate better data for the state to assess how well different treatment strategies work.

Legislators unanimously approved three-million dollars in grants this year to set up six treatment networks. McClelland says the other three will be awarded next spring. 

George Hurd with Community Health, part of Eskenazi's Indianapolis network, says the money will allow the hospitals and treatment centers to hire more staff, and conduct training to make sure everyone is speaking the same language. He says the networks should be up and running early next year.

Drug czar Jim McClelland (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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