As the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 unfolds, the impact on behavioral health cannot be underestimated. AHP is working with our clients and the vulnerable populations they serve to modify and adapt program offerings to maximize support and minimize impact on business operations, costs, and health outcomes. The following are some program examples.

 

Massachusetts Access to Recovery (ATR)

AHP manages the Massachusetts Access to Recovery Program (ATR) for the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS). ATR offers recovery support services to people in early recovery from substance use disorder. It is ATR’s top priority to keep participants and staff safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Until Spring 2020, all ATR services, programs, classes, and trainings took place in person. When COVID-19 hit, ATR pivoted all service provision and job training programs to an online, virtual environment. Because most ATR participants did not have access to modern technology, ATR purchased the technology (100+ Chromebooks, earphones, and Wi-Fi hotspots) for participants so they could enroll in various job training programs. Because group shopping trips are no longer possible, ATR shoppers (working from their homes) now go online to pay monthly bills or purchase critical essential items for participants. In addition, the Sober Home Pilot Project is now enrolling new referrals by telephone so they can take advantage of rental assistance for their stays in Sober Homes throughout Massachusetts.  Find out more here.
 

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) 

AHP has developed for correctional facilities a resource page about COVID-19 in relation to the RSAT program that serves inmates with substance use disorder and their reentry to their communities. The resources include protocol guidance from State Departments of Correction, the U.S. Bureaus of Prisons, as well as county jails, government agencies and professional organizations. AHP just published the new guide, Preparing People for Reentry from Jails and Prisons During the COVID-19 Epidemic, now available for download, and just recently presented a webinar on the same topic. AHP has conducted several national webinars to assist jails and prisons safeguard both inmates and staff and prepare the latter for reentry into the community. RSAT is funded through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

AHP Supports MassHealth in Protecting Patients at High Risk for COVID-19

In the process of supporting three Massachusetts MassHealth provider networks to improve health information technology capabilities, AHP recommended a more immediate use for the data to help patients during the COVID-19 crisis. Because the data aggregated information from disparate sources, such as insurance claims, case management systems, electronic medical records, and outcomes management systems, AHP was able to use the date to pinpoint patients at high risk for COVID-19. The provider is then able to work with those patients and provide guidance about prevention. These “big data” projects have potential for additional applications. Read the full story


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