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Marie Szaniszlo

 

At 7:30 one recent morning, an hour before her clinic at St. Anthony Shrine opened, Andrea Caputo went looking for one of her patients on the streets of Boston.

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Safe Spaces
Jennifer Fallon

 

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And some believe that includes using tax dollars to care for people while they inject illegal drugs.

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Health Affairs Blog

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record. Most of these deaths—78 every day—involved an opioid. Closer to home in Boston, deaths from opioid overdoses increased by 50 percent from 2014 to 2015 (Note 1). In our practice, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), based on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Albany Street (the epicenter of Boston’s drug activity), opioid overdoses have become the leading cause of death among our patients.

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STAT News

One of the earliest electronic health record (EHR) systems was designed for the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program in 1994 by engineers at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Laboratory of Computer Science. Before such systems were widely available, this one allowed multiple providers caring for the homeless — in one case, as many as 50 unique providers — to access a single patient’s record.

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Behavioral Healthcare

A Boston not-for-profit turned heads in April when it opened a safe room where drug users can ride out highs under medical supervision. The Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment, operated under the Boston Health Care for the Homeless program, specifically notes it is not a safe injection facility, therefore, drug-use activity is not permitted on the property.

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Billie Starks for The Boston Globe

I hope that our community will continue to turn attention to and exhibit bravery over the gravity of trauma and addiction.

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The Boston Globe

The argument against using drugs like methadone and Suboxone to kick heroin usually gets whittled to a cliched, and inaccurate, phrase: It’s trading one addiction for another. But ask Dr. Jessie Gaeta about some of the clients she treats in the heart of Boston’s so-called Methadone Mile and she’ll describe regimens that are about trading despair for hope

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WBUR

The patients Stacy Kirkpatrick treated at Boston’s Health Care for the Homeless Program didn’t always hold onto appointment cards, or medications, or sobriety. But Stacy held onto them, with a light touch and an unwavering grip.

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The Boston Globe

The headquarters of Boston Health Care for the Homeless, a 30-year-old program dedicated to the city’s most vulnerable patients, occupies part of the building next to Woods-Mullen.

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Notre Dame Magazine

On a Thursday morning, I squeeze into a tiny examination room at Massachusetts General Hospital in downtown Boston alongside Dr. James O’Connell ’70, a specialist in treating the chronically homeless. O’Connell is 68 years old, with silver-white hair, blue eyes and a disarmingly amiable manner. Already in the room are two psychiatrists, two nurses, a nurse practitioner and a case worker, all full-time staff of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s street team.

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