PITTSBURGH, July 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an announcement today by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Gateway Rehab has been selected as an Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Center of Excellence in Pennsylvania.
"Gateway Rehab is honored to have been selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services as one of the 20 Opioid Use Disorder Centers of Excellence," said Gateway Rehab President and CEO Paul Bacharach.
"This initiative will increase the ability to coordinate care between physical, behavioral and addiction treatment providers for those seeking freedom from opioid use disorders (OUD), which should improve treatment outcomes. We think that coordination of care between providers is critical to sustaining recovery of this chronic condition.
"We are encouraged by the State of Pennsylvania on being so progressive in their approach to dealing with the opioid/heroin addiction crisis in the Commonwealth. In particular, we laud the cooperation of Governor Tom Wolf and the Legislature in making funding available for this innovative "hub and spoke" model of care. We also applaud their commitment to track quality outcomes of the program, which will help to guide improved and innovative approaches to treatment, reducing the potential for relapse and advancing the likelihood of long-term recovery."
Gateway Rehab is a private, not-for-profit organization with the mission of helping all affected by addictive diseases to become healthy in body, mind and spirit. A positive force and leading resource for effective education, prevention, research and treatment of substance use disorders, Gateway Rehab serves nearly 1,700 adults and youth daily through four divisions at locations throughout Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. For more information about Gateway Rehab, visit www.gatewayrehab.org.