Mercy, FindLocalTreatment.com launch treatment finder

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Press Staff Writer

        Finding treatment for substance use disorder is often harder than it should be.
        Which facilities can you trust? Which programs accept your insurance? Do any of these places have room to accept you?
        These are the hard-to-answer questions that can discourage people attempting to find addiction treatment.
        Mercy Health is teaming up with FindLocalTreatment.com – the first real-time treatment finder in Ohio – to remove these barriers to treatment for those in the Toledo community.
        What is FindLocalTreatment.com?
        The Mercy Health - Foundation was first to support Crosswave Health, the technology company behind FindLocalTreatment.com (FLT), a website that helps link people to addiction treatment they can trust. Treatment providers on FindLocalTreatment.com are vetted for quality before being displayed on the site.
        FindLocalTreatment.com enables individuals, hospital systems, local governments and community partners to search for accredited addiction service providers who have the capacity to accept new patients. Primary search criteria include location, substance(s) of choice, and accepted insurance.
        When someone enters an emergency room seeking help for an addiction, there’s only so much that can be done. Emergency Department staff can administer Narcan and stabilize patients in acute overdose situations, but addressing an underlying addiction requires long-term treatment outside of the health system.
        Successfully connecting patients to trustworthy treatment is a critical next step that often can be a struggle.
        “By combining Narcan availability with treatment-on-demand using FindLocalTreatment.com, we can bridge the gap between those who need treatment with treatment availability,” said Larry Graham, MD, president, Mercy Health Behavioral Health. “A comprehensive continuum of care is not possible without integration between addiction treatment providers in the community and a hospital system like Mercy Health.”
        FindLocalTreatment.com helps prevent patients with substance-use disorders from falling through the cracks after they are treated in Toledo area emergency departments.
        As a result, anyone who enters a Mercy Health Emergency Department and screens positive for a substance-use disorder will be connected to a treatment provider in real time.
        “The Foundation is proud to support an innovative and best-in-class platform like FindLocalTreatment to help our community find trusted treatment options on demand,” says Tim Koder, interim president, Mercy Health - Foundation.
        Individuals or family members needing to connect to local accredited treatment providers, can go to FindLocalTreatment.com to find a trustworthy treatment option in Toledo.
        Accredited treatment providers looking to join listing of treatment options, may visit www.FindLocalTreatment.com/for-providers

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