Substance Use Disorder
West Virginia Community Health Centers (CHCs) have long been at the forefront of providing high quality, cost effective care to underserved rural and urban communities across the state. Community Health Centers are leaders in integrating medical care, behavioral health, dental care, pharmacy, and other services all under one roof.
As communities across West Virginia cope with a dramatic increase in the prevalence of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid addiction, CHCs are meeting this challenge by providing much needed SUD services to their patients. As community-based providers, health centers are always ready to respond to the changing needs of their communities. This is more important than ever as the incidence of SUD has been on the rise for nearly two decades, with the age-adjusted death rate for drug overdoses more than tripling since 2000. (CDC)
Community Health Centers in the state are expanding access to behavioral health services, substance use disorder treatment service, which include Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) and group therapy. There are currently 143 behavioral health service locations throughout the state, of these, 15 sites offer MAT services.