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News Room: ENQUIRER: St. E offers new chemical dependency service

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St. Elizabeth Healthcare is providing a new service to people who have a chemical dependency problem.

The hospital system today announced a new Chemical Dependency Consultant Program, which will focus\ on identifying patients who might have a substance abuse problem. The patients will be offered a free consultation from a new member of the St. Elizabeth treatment team, a chemical dependency educator, said Guy Karrick, spokesman for St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

The educator will meet with the patient and give them a better understanding of the disease of addiction, Karrick said.

The service will be provided to anyone who enters a St. Elizabeth hospital, whether through the emergency department or inpatient unit, officials said. A member of the treatment team may call and request a consult and notify the patient that they will receive a visit or call from the chemical dependency educator. The educator will then visit the patient if they are an inpatient or call the patient if they have been discharged.

“We are very excited to expand our chemical dependency treatment to include this new program,” said Chuck Washburn, system director of behavioral health at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “We want to continue to make the best possible resources available to meet the ongoing needs of our patients and the community.”

Anyone who would like to request a free consult may contact the St. Elizabeth Edgewood Behavioral Health intake line at 859-301-5966. An intake coordinator will assist callers in accessing needed services, Karrick said.

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