BOSTON – Yesterday the Massachusetts Senate passed a budget amendment sponsored by state Senator Eileen Donoghue that awards $200,000 to expand addiction treatment programs at the Lowell Community Health Center.
The funding will allow the health center to increase its capacity to provide medication-assisted treatment and peer-to-peer recovery coaching. Right now the health center cannot meet the high demand for these programs, largely because it does not have enough staff members who are trained to participate in them.
Medical professionals must go through expensive, time-consuming training in order to administer medication-assisted treatment programs involving methadone, Suboxone, or Vivitrol, and peer recovery coaches require intensive education before they begin working with patients. The health center will use the new funding to train additional prescribers and recovery coaches, which will enable it to treat more patients.
“The Lowell Community Health Center is on the front lines of the fight against opioid addiction, and its medication-assisted treatment and peer-to-peer support programs have been among its most successful,” said Donoghue. “This funding will save lives by helping people get the medical treatment they need.”