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IU Health Foundation Receives $1.4 Million Peer Recovery Coaching Award

Health & Wellness

March 14, 2018

The Indiana University Health Foundation has secured a $1.4 million award from the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) to provide peer recovery coaching services at all Indiana University Health emergency departments statewide. The award covers onsite as well as telehealth services, so the coaches will be available 24/7.

Operating on the premise that it takes an addict to understand an addict, peer recovery coaching is a growing service within substance abuse treatment. Peer recovery coaches typically have been in recovery themselves, so they can more effectively relate to patients struggling with addiction—including those brought to the ER in the midst of an overdose.

“This is a game-changer,” said Crystal Miller, IU Health chief philanthropy officer and president of the IU Health Foundation. “With this award to IU Health, the state of Indiana is enabling our health system to significantly increase its capacity to address the opioid crisis in our communities.”

DMHA, a division of the state’s Family and Social Services Administration, works to give clients and their families access to substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery services. The award to IU Health will be used to treat patients with substance use disorder. Patients who have overdosed on an opioid will be given priority.

The award supports:

  • Peer recovery coaches
  • Training and certification for the coaches
  • Training for other emergency department team members
  • Project manager
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Medication-assisted treatment teams
  • Naloxone kits for emergency departments
  • Telehealth equipment and software for each IU Health emergency department.

Learn more about the IU Health Foundation and how you can support similar life-saving initiatives by visiting iuhealth.org/foundation.

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