On March 26, the Gunnison Valley Health Behavioral Health department began
hosting a specialty clinic to treat substance use disorder with medication
assisted treatment (MAT).
Gunnison Valley Health Behavioral Health Director, Kimberly Behounek, LPC,
CAC III, ACS, said this service was identified as a healthcare gap in
the Gunnison Valley Health 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment.
“Our neighbors and loved ones deserve access to quality care in our
community. Gunnison Valley Health believes having access to MAT services
will eliminate a stressor for everyone seeking to find recovery from addiction,”
Front Range Clinic (FRC) is dedicated to low barrier/high access addiction
care, using MAT to ease withdrawal, make recovery safer and significantly
increase the likelihood of long-term recovery. The organization has a
network of over 60 clinics across the state and one in New Mexico. The
team coming to Gunnison will be operating out of the Grand Junction clinic.
FRC Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Dayna DeHerrera-Smith, MPH, said
the clinic seeks to make access to treatment as easy as possible in areas
with the greatest need.
“We are experienced in working with local organizations to deliver
treatment to rural communities. This strategic partnership with Gunnison
Valley Health allows us to serve a population that previously had to drive
up to five hours round trip for MAT services,” said DeHerrera.
Gunnison Valley Health Foundation Director, Jenny Birnie, said FRC reached
out to several Gunnison agencies, including the health system, to discuss
the startup of a MAT program in the county. Birnie connected FRC with
community leaders and spearheaded an interview of the clinic.
“We did our homework to ensure FRC is an organization that can successfully
deliver a MAT program to Gunnison and tailor its services to our residents.
We are absolutely thrilled to have this much-needed service in Gunnison
County,” said Birnie.
The MAT clinic will occur every Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gunnison
Valley Health Wellness Center, 300 E Denver Street. No referral is needed
for the MAT clinic. Schedule an appointment by calling FRC’s Grand
Junction office at 970-644-5303. For after-hours scheduling, call 1-866-MAT-STAT.