PROACT facility begins operations as treatment hub

October 11, 2018
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Valley Health Administrator Behavioral Health Operations Rachel Merino, left, and PROACT Director Michael Haney speak to officials with the Cabell County Drug Court during a tour of the facility on Tuesday in Hunington.

HUNTINGTON — Some boxes still need to be unpacked, but the doors have quietly opened on what medical leaders have heralded as a one-stop shop for triaging and treating substance use disorder in Huntington.

The new PROACT (Provider Response Organization for Addiction Care and Treatment) facility had its soft opening this week at the corner of 8th Avenue and 20th Street, in the former CVS Pharmacy building.

Created as a single point for referral and treatment, PROACT addresses medical, social and behavioral issues through a

variety of outpatient treatment options consolidated under one roof.

Designed to be simple enough to accept any walk-in from the street, the program prides itself on being able to provide sameday service in immediately referring patients to further treatment, PROACT Director Michael Haney said.

PROACT is a nonprofit, joint effort led by Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall Health and St. Mary’s Medical Center in partnership with Valley Health and Thomas Health System — a virtually unheard-of level of cohesion among health systems toward a common goal, he added.

“Once everyone agreed there was a problem that needed to be solved immediately, there were no turf battles or complaining about somebody taking their business,” Haney said. “There was this agreement that we have to do something, and we meant we.”

The fundamental elements of PROACT include clinical and individual needs assessment, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) providing Suboxone and Vivitrol, group and individual therapy, social services, triage, spiritual care, peer recovery, career development, worksite monitoring, provider education and support, outcomes research and referral services.

PROACT utilizes what each specific partner can best provide, Haney said. Cabell Huntington, for example, provides its lab services to the facility. St. Mary’s offers its faith-based elements and staffs a chaplain on site. Valley Health handles MAT, while Marshall staff handle case management and peer coaching duties. Recovery Point of Huntington also provides recovery coaches to meet with patients.

All these services are offered in some regard around the Tri-State by themselves, but PROACT provides them under the same, unified effort at one location. If PROACT can’t provide patients the path best for them, Haney said they can refer them to another nearby partner.

“A lot of people will throw lip service behind ‘a community response,’ but this has truly been a community response,” Haney said.

Officials from Cabell County’s Drug Court were on hand touring the facility Tuesday afternoon. Circuit Judge Greg Howard, who presides over drug court, said he felt optimistic about PROACT for the many options it can offer referrals.

“I think we’ll be able to send them here,” Howard said. “And we as a team are hoping that this will become that one-stop shop where this facility can triage our participants and determine what they need most to help them in recovery.”

Howard also noted PROACT’s willingness to work with patients with or without insurance, as many in drug court aren’t yet financially stable.

PROACT will host a grand opening ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at the facility, located at 800 20th St. in Huntington.

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