St. Vincent, however, is testing out a new approach by placing what it calls “peer recovery specialists” in its ED to help intervene in the cycle of substance use disorders. Now, when a patient shows up for overdose treatment, these former drug users — who are employed by the hospital and have received special education and training — intervene and steer them toward treatment, Gilberstadt says. Those specialists will be able to “speak in a language and at a level that overdose patients relate to,” he says. The hospital is now laying the groundwork for this new 12-month pilot program, with plans to launch in October. They’ve received a $1.5 million grant from the city of Jacksonville that will allow them to hire peer-recovery specialists, behavioral health counselors and statisticians to track data on the endeavor, and to purchase a supply of the overdose reversal drug Narcan.
Every summer, Brooks Rehabilitation partners with the Duval County Public School system to offer nine-week internships to students who are interested in a career in rehabilitation or therapy. High school seniors are offered an opportunity to gain knowledge and real world experience in an area of interest.
Mayo Clinic has been chosen by the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education to be part of a national initiative to modernize medical school for the 21st century.