State Grant Expands Regional Opioid Addiction Treatment

WEST READING PA – A more than $469,000 grant from Pennsylvania’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has been awarded to regional medical services provider Tower Health to offer medication-assisted treatment for individuals with an opioid use disorder, it said. The funding includes covering the cost of treatment and medication for uninsured individuals, the company added.

Tower reported Reading Hospital, which it owns, and its Tower Health Medical Group Addiction Medicine unit would serve as an anchor at the center of a hub-and-spoke treatment model. It will coordinate with outlying community physician practices, the so-called “spokes,” to supply “a full range of treatment services” for those suffering from opioid addiction.

With the grant, Tower expects to assess, evaluate, enroll, and stabilize individuals in treatment. It also will connect patients with peer recovery specialists in their communities, case managers, and physicians’ practices to continue and integrate opioid medication and treatment with primary health, prenatal care, and pain management.

Desha Dickson, Reading Hospital associate vice president of community wellness, encouraged local physicians to consider registering their office with the program to expand treatment options and locations. She also urged those interested in learning more about opioid treatment options to call 484-628-5858 for information.

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