Nurse Navigator and Recovery Specialist Outreach Program

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Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)

Substance abuse and addiction can lead to many chronic health conditions and death. To address these co-occurring needs, the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission (AIDAC) and nine partners implemented a care coordinator/manager model framework for a program designed to reduce substance abuse while preventing and treating chronic illnesses related to substance abuse. This model enlists the case management services of a peer recovery specialist and the expertise of a registered nurse (nurse navigator) to navigate the healthcare system and provide resources to clients.

The goal for the program is to improve clients’ perceptions of their overall health and wellness, improve coping strategies and symptom management, improve communication between the clients and their physicians and treatment providers, and reduce the number of emergency visits and hospitalizations. This is done through client education, provider education, and coordination between a client’s physical and behavioral health providers.