Throughout our work we emphasize three core elements:
Low barrier initiation of treatment.
Our model is based on a harm reduction perspective that emphasizes rapid, patient-centered care. We eliminate medically unnecessary tests and do not require patients to abstain from other substances or commitment to sobriety to begin treatment. We streamline the process to make it work in the real world of busy hospital emergency rooms.
Our focus on connection includes a strong relationship with community treatment providers who will accept patients referred from the hospital within 72 hours with minimal barriers. It also includes outreach and communication with community institutions, such as jails, homeless camps, or drug houses, to make treatment available to vulnerable populations.
We promote a hospital culture that respects people who use drugs and opposes discrimination. We strive to foster human connections that recognize people who use drugs as whole persons with complex strengths, challenges, and life situations, like all other patients. We use a harm reduction framework that moves past judgment of a person’s drug use to achieve any positive changes that reduce the negative consequences of substance use disorders.