New Collaboration to Strengthen Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services in Maine

Date: 03/05/2020

Northern Light Acadia Hospital has joined the Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network, a partnership that will strengthen substance use disorder treatment services for individuals and families in Maine.

Hazelden Betty Ford is the national leader in prevention and recovery solutions for youth and adults suffering from substance use disorders. This partnership will provide Northern Light Health members and their communities with access to the latest educational tools, evidenced-based practices, and research. Bangor-based Acadia Hospital is the first collaborative member in New England in the Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network.

“Hazelden Betty Ford is the gold standard of care for substance use disorders,” says Scott Oxley, senior vice president of Northern Light Health and president of Acadia Hospital. “With their expertise, we plan to build a strategic and more comprehensive approach to patient care for those with mental health and substance abuse disorders.”

Scott adds that the tools and knowledge that will be gained from this partnership will directly benefit many patients whose lives are affected by substance use disorders. While this partnership will benefit patients under Acadia Hospital’s care who are diagnosed with both mental health and substance use disorders, it will also help patients in Northern Light Health general medical settings. Research indicates that approximately 36% of patients seen in primary care have a substance use disorder, and nearly half of all emergency department visits are related to substance use.

“This patient care network will give our healthcare providers continuous training in the most up-to-date, evidence-based clinical practices,” says John Campbell, MD, Northern Light Acadia Hospital senior physician executive. “We’ll have access to proven tools that will help providers and patients alike; not only at Acadia Hospital, but throughout Northern Light Health’s statewide network.”
In addition to its patient care network, Hazelden Betty Ford operates 17 substance use disorder treatment sites across the United States.

“We have a rich culture of partnership and knowledge sharing with leading organizations like Acadia Hospital,” says Bob Poznanovich, executive director of Business Development for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. “We want to ensure our patients continue their care with quality providers like Acadia Hospital and also believe that we can learn from their expertise.”

In addition to being the nation's leader in advocacy and policy for treatment and recovery, Hazelden Betty Ford’s resources include the nation’s largest recovery publishing house, a fully accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, an education arm for medical professionals, and a unique children's program.

 
About Hazelden Betty Ford
Hazelden Betty Ford is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is the nation's leading nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. Learn more at HazeldenBettyFord.org.
 
About Northern Light Acadia Hospital
Northern Light Acadia Hospital is a non-profit, acute care hospital and community mental health agency located in Bangor, Maine. Acadia Hospital is committed to providing a safe and positive environment for children, adolescents, and adults with mental health and chemical dependency problems and to advocating for their mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Both of Acadia’s hospital-based and community-based mental health and substance use disorder treatment services work toward a unified mission: empowering people to improve their lives.