In 2011, Packard Health partnered with a treatment provider in an effort to link all residential treatment clients with primary care that would:
- deliver medical care in a recovery-informed manner that does not inadvertently increase risk of relapse,
- play a role in recovery monitoring to help prevent relapse and provide early intervention when they do occur,
- create linkages to primary care that would reduce use of medical care settings that pose a greater risk to their recovery—emergency departments and urgent care clinics, and
- communicate with treatment providers so that care can be coordinated.
These relationships have expanded to other treatment providers. The Affordable Care Act and Packard’s designation as an FQHC has made it possible to expand the scope of these linkages.