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Project Rescue addresses the Opioid epidemic currently plaguing the nation. ERH has secured the medical treatment to support those wanting to address treatment.
If you, or a loved one are struggling, we can treat you in our ED with medication assisted recovery for substance use disorder.
For further information, please reach out to our Emergency Department. We are here to help you and the community.
Ellenville Regional Hospital (ERH) has a leadership role in both the UCOPTF and in developing and executing innovative ways to fight the opioid crisis. ERH is having a substantial impact in the fight against opioid addiction in Ulster County. ERH is a recognized leader fighting the opioid epidemic having presented at over 20 conferences in New York and around the country.
Ellenville Regional Hospital created Project RESCUE, a treatment and recovery resource available 24/7/365 days a year, providing Medication Assisted Recovery (Buprenorphine) to those presenting to the Emergency Department in active opiate withdrawal, post overdose, or seeking help. Individuals in need get a thorough evaluation by trained and compassionate Emergency Department providers, effective management of withdrawal symptoms and linkage to a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate, which initiates a seamless transition into treatment and community-based resources. All ERH ED providers are waivered for buprenorphine. The hospital collaborates with great partners including: Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange, Sullivan and Ulster; The Institute for Family Health; Step One; the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department; the Ellenville Police Department and the Ellenville First Aid and Rescue Squad.
ERH also collaborates with the New York National Guard’s Counterdrug Task Force, assisting them in mapping real time overdose trends/patterns in Ulster County with the use of their Hudson Valley Interlink Analytic System. Additionally, ERH staff utilize the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) created by HIDTA, to receive spike alerts and monitor overdose incidents.
In partnership with Hudson Valley Community Services, and support from NYS Opioid Overdose Prevention Program, the hospital has implemented harm reduction programs such as offering Narcan trainings, providing disposal packets for disposal of unused or expired medication, providing fentanyl test strips that tests substances such as heroin for lethal fentanyl, providing safe use kits and safe sex kits, linking patients and community members to syringe exchange or access programs, providing personal sharps containers, and offering pill lockers to secure medications via a digital code. All these programs and services are offered free to patients and community members.
ERH also offers free programming on site such as Heroin Anonymous and SMART Recovery support groups.
ERH prevention, treatment, and recovery initiatives are made possible through funding from NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the BJA funded Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP).