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Practice Innovation

Programs such as the GRACE (Gaining Recovery in Addictions for Community Elders) Project and our Project ECHO for Substance Use Disorders are examples of how we promote an integrated care model to reduce stigma and improve health outcomes in rural populations.

Project ECHO for Substance Use Disorders

A bi-weekly telementoring series which is designed to help rural healthcare teams grow in confidence and competence in identifying and treating substance use disorders. 

Bay Community Health Clinic

A fully integrated care clinic offering primary care and behavioral healthcare through a partnership between SVSU, The Bay County Health Department and Bay Arenac Behavioral Health.  This nurse-led practice serves underserved populations across the region addressing their healthcare needs in one convenient location.  

GRACE (Gaining Recovery in Addictions for Community Elders)

This innovative partnership between SVSU, Recovery Pathways LLC, and The Bay County Health Department, along with generous support from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund allowed for the expansion of intergrated substance use disorder treatment at the Bay Community Health Clinic location providing treatment, recovery support services for older adults.  Leveraging wholistic treatment thtat is inclusive of Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT), therapy, case management, occupational therapy, dietician support and peer recovery coaching has made this model innovative and effective.  This collaborative effort offers fully integrated services through evidence-based treatment that helps to improve the quality of life of older adults being treated for substance use disorders.  




Center for Rural Behavioral Health & Addiction Studies
GA225 Gilbertson Hall
(989) 964- 2883