Gov. Gina Raimondo lauded the new program, supported by federal grants at Butler Hospital and Continuum Behavioral Health, which offers 24/7 treatment for six months or more at locations in Providence and North Kingstown.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A new 24/7 Center of Excellence opioid addiction treatment program has opened with the help of federal grant funding at Butler Hospital and Continuum Behavioral Health.
The outpatient Recovery Stabilization Program, which provides six months or more of treatment, launched in October with the help of a $242,224 federal grant secured by Butler’s parent organization, Care New England. Hospital officials joined with elected leaders at Butler Hospital on Thursday to announce the program.
Since 2009, at least 1,534 people have died from opioid overdoses, according to data from the state Department of Health. Officials say they believe the actual numbers are higher, since not every overdose is reported.
Gov. Gina Raimondo lauded the opening of the new program Thursday and called for reducing the stigma around opioid addiction treatment. The health crisis, she said, has personally touched her; in the last two weeks she has attended funerals for two overdose victims, the children of friends.
The governor then turned attention to President Donald Trump’s administration, saying the federal government should be providing funding to aid recovery efforts. She cited comments Trump made last month calling opioid addiction a national public health emergency.
“That was good rhetoric, but we need federal funds. He acknowledged the crisis, but we need the federal government to come to states like Rhode Island so we can treat people,” Raimondo said, adding that the Trump administration’s threats to cut Medicaid funding would devastate addiction-recovery efforts.
“If he cuts Medicaid, people are going to lose their lives,” Raimondo said.
The new program is offered at Butler and Continuum…