The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has announced the launch of a knowledge-sharing initiative to arm providers with a variety of tools designed to improve treatment outcomes.
The Patient Care Network, which Hazelden Betty Ford says is the first of its kind in the addiction treatment industry, gives member organizations access to professional learning materials that include fact sheets, webinars, a mobile app for clinicians, updates from the foundation’s Butler Center for Research and a subscription to the foundation’s “Living in Balance” on-demand learning curriculum. Patient Care Network organizations are also given the opportunity to send up to three leaders to observe and explore best practices in three key areas of interest at a one-day visit to a Hazelden Betty Ford facility.
Bob Poznanovich, the foundation’s executive director of national outreach and business development, says the network model was patterned after models used by larger healthcare organizations that are not specific to addiction treatment or behavioral healthcare.
“We took the best of what we saw out there and made it apply to what we were doing,” Poznanovich says. “We wanted to create a process where we were able to collaborate with organizations along three lines: organizational and operational needs, development of their professional staff, and resources and tools for patients and communities. Hazelden has a long history of being a source of hope and knowledge to a lot of communities and professionals. This was a way for us to more formally identify that process.”
Avera Health of South Dakota was announced as the first Patient Care Network member organization. Poznanovich says Hazelden Betty Ford aims to have 10 organizations in the fold by the end of the year, with an additional 15 next year and a total of 50 by 2020.
“A lot of organizations are looking for help to complement what they’re doing, but they don’t have the time to invest in creating a curriculum and processes,” Poznanovich says. “It will be interesting to see how much we’re able to help communities we wouldn’t have otherwise served through this process and also how these members help other members.”
In addition to knowledge sharing, the network will also allow Hazelden Betty Ford patients to connect with other care providers after concluding treatment in one of the foundation’s programs, which Poznanovich says should help in facilitating patients’ long-term engagement in recovery.