The NH Department of Health and Human Services/Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (DHHS/BDAS) has determined that the best way to
prevent and/or decrease the damage that substance misuse causes to individuals, families, and communities is to develop a robust, effective and well-coordinated continuum of care in each region of the state, and to address barriers to awareness and access to services. Regional continuum of care development work is carried out within Regional Public Health Networks by a full time Continuum of Care Facilitator. This work is guided by and documented through the deliverables as outlined by the Regional Public Health Network contract with the BDAS. For more information go to http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bdas/continuum-of-care.htm
CONTINUUM OF CARE FACILITATOR: ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The role of the Continuum of Care Facilitator is to bridge the components of the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Continuum of Care in their respective networks, including health promotion, prevention, early identification and intervention, treatment, recovery supports and coordination with primary health and behavioral health care. The role of the COC facilitators is achieved through the following activities:
Carroll County Coalition for Public Health(C3PH) provides leadership and coordination in developing a comprehensive, effective, and well-coordinated substance misuse services Continuum of Care (CoC). The region’s vision statement for continuum of care development is as follows:
We envision that the people of Carroll County understand addiction as an illness of the mind,
body and spirit; are free from the stigma associated with addiction;
and actively support prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery.
This work includes convening subject matter experts and stakeholders to identify assets and gaps and to develop regional plans that initiate cooperative actions that increase awareness of current services, remove barriers to accessing services, increase capacity of existing services, and develop new services to fill gaps. The Carroll County region has identified Access to Comprehensive Behavioral Health Services , as well as Substance Misuse and Addiction , as two of the six health priorities in its Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)entitled Carroll County Promise 2020. Please follow the links for information specific to these priority areas.
C3PH has completed an assets and gaps scan to identify resources, gaps and barriers that impact regional capacity and can help or hinder the achievement of the region’s statement for continuum of care development. The process for identifying regional assets and gaps included one-on-one meetings, community meetings and events, focus groups, key informant interviews and staff research. There were a significant number of gaps and barriers identified, as well as some various needs related to communication and collaboration across the continuum. Assets were identified using the Carroll County Substance Misuse Treatment Program Resource Guide, Carroll County Resources Directory website, the nhtreatment.org website, and through significant community knowledge and input. For more information please refer to the Continuum of Care Development Plan. (link to plan on website under “Plans” in Resource Center tab)
Contact Catalina Kirsch, our Public Health Advisory Council Coordinator, for more information.
Carroll County Coalition for Public Health Network
Highlights of the Continuum of Care -pdf