In 2017, Family First Health (FFH) received a Center of Excellence (COE) grant for treatment of opioid-use disorders from the state government. At the time, the grant required recipients to treat 300 patients in the 2017 calendar year in a program that included Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). Family First Health chose to base its program on the Boston Medical Center Office-Based Addiction Treatment model. It began prescribing buprenorphine and naltrexone to patients in October of 2016. It partnered with healthcare innovation consultancy Benjamin & Bond to observe, formalize and document the model and its development throughout 2017.

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Family First Health

Family First Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) servicing York, Adams and Lancaster counties. The organization was started in 1970 to address the roots of illness among underserved communities in the region. Today, FFH offers medical, dental and social services at six locations across central Pennsylvania.

The Model

The Family First Health Model is a team-based approach to substance use disorder treatment focused on augmenting the efficacy of MAT with consistent touchpoints for all patients. Scientific literature suggests that MAT is the most effective method of treating opioid-use disorders. The FFH Model is a harm-reduction program, based in primary care. The model is different than traditional abstinence-based programs in that it supports the biological, psychological and social needs of patients.

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