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Our mission at the Holyoke Health Center is to "Improve the health of our patients through affordable, quality health care and comprehensive community-based programs to create a healthy community."

Holyoke, MA: The Holyoke Health Center (HHC) celebrates National Recovery Month with the grand opening of our newly constructed Center for Recovery & Support. The 6,000 sq. ft. expansion to our health center facility will allow further growth of substance use treatment and support, HIV/AIDS care, STI counseling and testing services, and overall the capacity to accept new patients into all of these programs. We are especially pleased to announce our Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program with Buprenorphine/naloxone or Naltrexone, otherwise known as Suboxone™ and Vivitrol ™ is now open to members of the community who are not currently our medical patients. On Wednesday, September 25th, HHC celebrated the grand opening with an official ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Center for Recovery & Support is a nurse-led department dedicated to the needs of people living in recovery, living with HIV/AIDS, and seeking treatment for sexually transmitted infections. HHC was awarded a federal Substance Use Disorder grant that allowed for the construction of the new 6,000 sq. ft. expansion and the hiring of new providers and support staff to expand patient capacity.

According to the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS), overall data shows a decrease in opioid related deaths in the state, however, the city of Holyoke continues to show an ongoing rise in the opioid epidemic. HHC's Center for Recovery & Support currently serves over 250 patients in our MAT program for substance use disorder, and the opening of our new facility will allow a 30% growth of the program over the next year. Our treatment program provides a holistic approach to recovery including MAT, weekly visits with a provider, recovery coaching and mental health referrals. CEO, Jay Breines says "HHC is committed to serving the needs of our patients and community members who are in recovery and those seeking treatment, our holistic approach to recovery provides a greater opportunity for treatment success."

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