Synergy works with law enforcement, emergency departments, criminal justice agencies, addiction treatment facilities, primary care, and public health organizations, to help cross-sector teams identify opportunities for increasing access and improving existing SUD treatment and pain care. View examples of projects below:
Opioid Crisis Response Plan
A unified response to overdose intervention.
In 2019, Synergy was contracted by the Oregon Health Authority to create and pilot an Opioid Crisis Response Plan (OCR) that would provide strategies and actions to counties and tribal nations in need of opioid addiction service integration to address opioid prevention and treatment needs in southern Oregon. In order to tailor strategies and actions of the OCR to meet the unique needs of counties within Southwestern Oregon, Synergy met with medical and municipal stakeholders to gain an understanding of the population being served, services that are already established, and barriers counties would like to address.
Clackamas Community Health Centers
Taking Quality Improvement Efforts in
Pain Management to Uncharted Heights!
Medical Director, Dr. Andrew Suchocki, and Behavioral Health Director, Egan Dehany, have partnered to take their safe opioid prescribing and effective treatment of chronic pain work to new heights with the aim of ensuring that all behavioral health, mental health, case management and primary care providers across all CCHC sites have a shared knowledge-base about contemporary pain science, fibromyalgia, effective strategies for pain management, shared access and familiarity with resources for patients, and improved work-flow between specialty mental health, behavioral health and primary care to ensure optimized care for patients living with chronic pain.
Tillamook County Community Health Centers
An Innovative and Collaborative Model for Increasing
Psychiatric Access in Rural Oregon
Synergy supported TCCHC in developing a full spectrum, stepped-care, behavioral health program. Integration components included, but were not limited to, the Psychiatric Access to Treatment and Health (PATHways) program, a primary care behavioral health service that included Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT), and primary care bi-directional integration services with their local community mental health provider. Through a community facilitation process, Synergy supported TCCHC in offering psychiatric consultation outside the walls of their health center to several Tillamook County organizations and their clients.
Yamhill County Health and Human Services
A System-Wide Commitment to Culture Change:
Addressing Stigma Through Understanding Addiction and Trauma
Synergy was first brought into Yamhill County HHS to offer clinical consultation and program development support to their nascent Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) program in 2019. While this work continues and is ever evolving, HHS leadership and members of the multi-disciplinary MAT treatment team identified that mental health, behavioral health, and SUD treatment providers across HHS teams had differing philosophies about the use of medication for treating addiction and that this was creating a barrier to optimizing access and engagement in the program. To support Yamhill HHS in moving towards reducing stigma and increasing philosophical alignment about use of medication in treatment of addiction, Synergy provided listening sessions, educational outreach, and training.