PROACT facility to open Oct. 1

September 2, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON — The dream of creating a single point for triaging and treating substance use disorder is less than 30 days from fruition as the new PROACT facility continues to take shape at the corner of 8th Avenue and 20th Street in Huntington.

Heralded by city and medical leaders as a one-stop shop for addiction services, PROACT (Provider Response Organization for Addiction Care and Treatment) will address medical, social and behavioral issues through a variety of outpatient treatment options consolidated under one roof.

The building is expected to open Oct. 1.

“I guess I would summarize PROACT as an entry point, an assessment point, a treatment point and a referral point for people suffering with SUD (substance use disorder),” said Dr. Stephen Petrany. He is a professor and chairman for the Department of Family & Community Health and the Division of Addiction Sciences at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and a member of PROACT’s founding board of directors.

The fundamental elements of PROACT include clinical and individual needs assessment, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), group and individual therapy, social services, triage, spiritual care, peer recovery,

career development, worksite monitoring, provider education and support, outcomes research and referral services.

All these services are offered in some regard around the Tri-State by themselves, but bringing them into a coordinated effort at one location will increase the city’s capacity to treat substance use disorder tremendously, Petrany said.

“As a family physician who sees patients with SUD, I cannot wait for the formal opening of this incredible facility,” Petrany said. “It will make my work as a physician so much easier. It will at last give individuals and families with SUD who want help a place for them to turn to in order to find the help they need.”

PROACT is expected to support treatment for hundreds of individuals and significantly cut down on delay and waiting periods for those who want to seek treatment immediately as the facility will accept walk-ins as well as referrals.

Petrany said the program is modeled as a single doorway to the multiple programs available in the region, and experiences will be different based on the needs of the patient.

“For example, a young woman with young children may be referred to Project Hope for Women and Children, where she and her children can live in a nice apartment for several months, away from her own challenging environment, while continuing in therapy toward a more stable family recovery,” Petrany explained. “PROACT will make connections with the spiritual community for interested patients. PROACT will work with community businesses to find employment and training for those successfully moving toward remission.”

PROACT is a nonprofit, joint effort led by Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall Health and St. Mary’s Medical Center in partnership with Valley Health and Thomas Health System. The program is funded in part by a $332,601 grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.