First, I love that it’s a Minnesota-based (Center City) treatment center that is doing this. Second, I think we all have a little list of things we’re going to do while distanced. I’m going to walk 10 miles a day (made 3 out of 4 so far!). My kid’s going to learn guitar. What an amazing time to take steps toward addiction cessation and better mental health. Third, we need to recognize that these services are only available where there is sufficient broadband.
Southern Minn has the details…
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is bringing addiction treatment to people wherever they may be—including to those currently at home due to the coronavirus—with its RecoveryGo™ telehealth solutions, which expanded this month with the launch of insurance-covered group therapy—connecting patients and their counselor in real-time via personal computers and mobile devices.
“At the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, we are dealing with two very serious illnesses: Coronavirus Disease, which we need to keep out of our doors; and addiction, which we need to help our patients overcome. Virtual addiction treatment services help on both fronts,” said Hazelden Betty Ford President and CEO Mark Mishek. “After several months of piloting and planning a major launch of virtual outpatient addiction treatment services, we were able to quickly accelerate and expand our plans to help more people.”
Here’s how it works…
The new virtual outpatient services were designed to replicate Hazelden Betty Ford’s face-to-face patient care experience, combining group therapy and individual counseling sessions via legally compliant technology, with wraparound telehealth services as well. Because of the COVID-19 emergency, many states have taken steps to make implementation of such solutions easier.
And other services available…
In addition to virtual outpatient care, Hazelden Betty Ford’s RecoveryGo telehealth solutions include:
- Mental healthcare: More often than not, substance use disorders are accompanied by co-occurring mental health conditions. Treating these disorders at the same time improves recovery outcomes.
- Online health portal: My Recovery Compass includes access to MORE (My Ongoing Recovery Experience), a web- and phone-based system of recovery support provided by licensed clinicians. It also includes brief, research-based questionnaires to help clinicians better understand a patient’s progress so they can guide the course of care—also known as Feedback-Informed Treatment (FIT).
- Family services: Connection™ for Families supports the health and wellbeing of family members who are also affected by addiction.
- Recovery support services: Hazelden Betty Ford’s Connection™ program provides clinical support in early recovery to improve long-term outcomes, and its mobile apps and online recovery communities support people throughout the recovery journey.
- Training and consultation: Hazelden Betty Ford works alongside other treatment providers and community organizations to help them integrate virtual service offerings to reach more people.