North Carolina Emergency Department Peer Support Pilot Project

The North Carolina Healthcare Association is pleased to announce The North Carolina Emergency Department Peer Support Program for Improving Response to Opioid Overdose. On May 9, NCHA joined the NC Department of Health and Human Services at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to announce the six hospitals receiving grant awards as part of a pilot program to combat the opioid crisis facing our state. The awards are part of a $1.37 million grant, funded through DHHS, that will enable participating NC hospitals to embed certified peer support specialists in their emergency departments to connect patients presenting with opioid overdose to treatment, recovery, and harm reduction supports.

Sites were selected based on applications and include: Carolinas Healthcare System Northeast (part of Atrium Health), Cone Health, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Southeastern Regional Medical Center, UNC Hospital, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

See the event news release here

See photos from the event here

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