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Fayette Regional Awarded Grant from Indiana State Department of Health

Posted by: Steve Krider  | August 22, 2017

Fayette Regional Health System has been awarded nearly $10 million in federal grant money from the Indiana State Department of Health through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program - Part B.* The grant will allow Fayette Regional to create an all-inclusive 4.0 detoxification unit and programs with special attention to those diagnosed with HIV.

Fayette Regional hospital and its ancillary service locations are in the very heart of the opioid epidemic in Indiana. Fayette Regional is the number one hospital (per capita) in Indiana for saving lives of overdose patients. Within the last year, Fayette County has noted a 40% increase in drug/alcohol deaths with the highest drug poisoning death rate (per capita) of any county in the state of Indiana. Rates in surrounding counties are staggering as well. Fayette Regional currently works with several local agencies to advocate for change and share resources in the fight against drug and alcohol addiction, and worked closely with the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration for the past several months.

"We're very pleased to have been awarded this funding from the Indiana State Department of Health,” said Randy White, FRHS President and CEO. “We are grateful and cannot thank the ISDH enough for working with us to make it possible to develop a compassionate and effective program to address this community crisis.”

Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration played a vital role as FSSA Secretary Jennifer Walthall, M.D., M.P.H., personally served as an advisor throughout the grant process, beginning last year during her tenure at ISDH as the state’s deputy health commissioner.

“Since meeting Dr. Walthall in the summer of 2016 when she was deputy state health commissioner, I have been absolutely impressed with her drive and determination to help all Hoosiers, both urban and rural,” White said.

“There certainly could not be a more active, responsive, and dedicated Secretary of FSSA than Dr. Walthall.”

The 46-bed unit will be located on the hospital’s third floor, and is planned to be ready by mid-2018. The unit will be licensed to handle medical/surgical patients in a psychiatric-safe environment with priority given to patients who are HIV positive. The program will be a comprehensive continuum of services designed to promote recovery and allow individuals to fully integrate into society, assist with setting goals, maintaining long-term sobriety, accessing needed social services, transition to the next level of care, avoiding gaps in service and rapid response to threats of relapse.

The average length of stay will be 5-8 days. The program will allow treatment for patients suffering from substance-related and mental health disorders, such as a severely suicidal patient who also is in need of medical detox management. The program will also promote the treatment of severe intoxication or withdrawal problems that occur simultaneously with more stabilized mental health problems. Due to the short duration of Level 4.0 treatment, patients will benefit from coordination of care by case management to ensure a smooth transition in treatment to another level of care. Length of stay may increase in cases until appropriate rehabilitation placement can be found.

A major element of the program will be based on prevention, intervention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. We plan to establish a working relationship with the Indiana State Department of Health HIV/STD Division to incorporate education for all staff directly involved with patient care. The staff will have necessary training and education to promote awareness of needs for patients diagnosed with HIV and struggling with substance abuse. Staff will be taught an efficient process on testing, relaying results to patients and educating patients to prevent the spread of these diseases. Fayette Regional is prepared to initiate routine HIV testing for all patients that frequent their emergency department along with testing pregnant women that visit Fayette Regional obstetricians.

In the event an HIV patient is admitted to the substance abuse program, FRHS will be fully prepared to continue the care continuum with HIV treatment. Fayette Regional will assist with care coordination and linking patients with health care navigators to facilitate the screening and application process of insurance coverage. Partnerships with the Fayette County Health Department and surrounding county agencies will be advantageous in our joint venture with the State on reducing the spread of HIV.

The program will be adequately staffed with qualified substance abuse and mental health professionals and support staff. Fayette Regional has determined that this unit will have a significant impact with the creation of over 100 new jobs for the community. The creation of jobs will assist with infusing the community with an increased tax base, decreased unemployment rates and sustainability for the hospital itself. There will also be an increased collaboration leading to increase volumes for local agencies.

FRHS is adherent to the fact that substance abuse is a disease that deserves to be treated like any other debilitating condition. As a hospital that is committed to serving all that comes for treatment, we will establish a caring and healing atmosphere.

“While some states still struggle to simply start addressing issues regarding insurance coverage, opioids, and access to care, our Indiana State Department of Health is addressing the issues in full force,” added White.

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program – Part B
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides a comprehensive system of care that includes primary medical care and essential support services for people living with HIV who are uninsured or underinsured. The Program works with cities, states, and local community-based organizations to provide HIV care and treatment services to more than half a million people each year. The Program reaches approximately 52% of all people diagnosed with HIV in the United States.

The majority of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds support primary medical care and essential support services. A smaller but equally critical portion is used to fund technical assistance, clinical training, and the development of innovative models of care. The Program serves as an important source of ongoing access to HIV medication that can enable people living with HIV to live close to normal lifespans.

August 18, 2015, marked the 25th anniversary of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, the legislation that created the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. First authorized in 1990, the Program is funded at $2.32 billion in fiscal year 2016. The Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB).

Part B provides grant funding to states and territories to improve the quality, availability, and organization of HIV health care and support services. Grant recipients include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the 5 U.S. Pacific Territories. In addition, Part B also includes grants for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).

Fayette Regional Health System
Since its founding in 1913, Fayette Regional Health System has been dedicated to the health of our community, and the quality of life of the residents of the Whitewater Valley.

Fayette Regional is headquartered in Connersville, Indiana. Our main facility, Fayette Regional Hospital, contains Surgical Care; Cancer Care; the Center for Facial Plastics; Diagnostic Imaging, with the area’s largest and fastest MRI; the Women's Center; the Heart Care Center that is coordinated with the St. Vincent Heart Care Center of Indiana; Emergency Care and more.

Connersville is also the location of many other FRHS services and facilities: The Primary Care Center; the Pediatrics Care Group; Healthy Women OB/GYN; the Fayette Regional Care Pavilion with the newly added Geri-Psych Services unit; and the Women and Children's Center, which includes Healthworks, our fitness and wellness center.

Fayette Regional emphasizes excellent quality and service provided by a highly skilled team of professionals with state-of-the art equipment and facilities. Serving Fayette, Franklin, and Union Counties, as well as the entire Whitewater Valley.

*This program is funded in whole or in part by state and federal allocations through the Indiana State Department of Health.

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