Meeting Patients Where They Are
Access to health care can be difficult for people who struggle with transportation, who have medical, mental health or substance abuse issues, or who cannot find a health care provider they can trust. Duffy’s Outreach team offers a warm welcome along with health care services and assistance enrolling in benefits such as health insurance.
Duffy's clinical staff go where the patients are. Twice per week, a medical team goes to St. Joseph's House to provide access to services for persons who struggle in a traditional medical setting.
In collaboration with Behavioral Health Innovators, Duffy Health Center staffs the Alternative Peer Group (APG), a place where teens come together with their peers to build the tools, skills, and relationships to deal with substance use challenges under the expert guidance of a Licensed Counselor, Recovery Coach and Recovery Peer Mentors. The APG is located at the PIER Recovery Center.
In addition, Duffy staff perform outreach at various locations throughout the community, including the Barnstable County Correctional Facility, faith-based institutions that provide drop-in centers for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, campsites, motels, and other locations where individuals may meet.
Duffy staff work with law enforcement, state agencies, and other local providers to engage persons in treatment and services.
“We never quit. It may take days, weeks or months to get someone off of the street. We never know when someone will be ready. When they are, we are there.”