The non-profit Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation expanded its RecoveryGo™ telehealth addiction treatment and aftercare solution into Missouri. The RecoveryGo program provides addiction treatment, as well as recovery, family and educational services. The services are offered via CoxHealth in Springfield and Centerpointe Hospital in St. Louis—both of which are members of the Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network. Previously, to access Hazelden Betty Ford’s treatment, Missouri residents had to travel to a facility in another state. Now, they can access it right from their homes.
RecoveryGo was designed to replicate Hazelden Betty Ford’s on-site patient care experience. The virtual services combine group therapy and individual counseling sessions via legally compliant video technology encrypted for security. Other RecoveryGo™ resources and services now available in Missouri and nationwide include a free one-day virtual Family Program, available in English and Spanish; a virtual Children’s Program; and numerous digital recovery support tools, such as mobile apps, podcasts and an online peer community. In addition, Hazelden Betty Ford’s prevention experts are looking to grow their support for Missouri school systems by expanding into higher grade-level student services; and its professional education consultants are available to collaborate with treatment centers, hospitals, health systems and recovery organizations as well as Missouri public health leaders who are interested in implementing virtual care and other evidence-based behavioral health solutions. Hazelden Betty Ford recently was approved to provide insurance-eligible virtual intensive outpatient (IOP) addiction treatment services to individuals and families throughout Missouri.
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a large non-profit organization that provides addiction treatment, co-occurring mental health care, recovery resources and related prevention and education services. It has 17 sites across the country, telehealth solutions, and a growing network of collaborators throughout health care. At the start of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, Hazelden Betty Ford transitioned all of its “outpatients” nationwide to a robust virtual platform that includes an effective system for virtual drug testing and other best practices to ensure the highest levels of confidentiality, safety and quality. A year later, Hazelden Betty Ford has now provided virtual outpatient care to thousands of people throughout the United States.
Early outcomes from the Butler Research Center show Hazelden Betty Ford’s virtual intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment is working well, with patients discharging “against medical advice” (AMA) at a significantly lower rate compared to the AMA discharge rate of people in on-site IOP programs. According to preliminary 1- and 3-month outcomes, Hazelden Betty Ford also has observed little to no difference between on-site and virtual IOP patients when it comes to: reported cravings, mental health symptoms, sobriety, confidence in staying sober, support group attendance, and quality of life.
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation was founded in 1949. The organization merged with the Betty Ford Center, which was founded in 1982. The Foundation today also encompasses a graduate school of addiction studies, a publishing division, an addiction research center, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical education programs, school-based prevention resources and a specialized program for children who grow up in families with addiction.
This was reported by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation on March 16, 2021.
Contact information: Jeremiah Gardner, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Post Office Box 11, Center City, Minnesota 55012-2011, 877-464-2193; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.RecoveryGo.org