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11192020 United Healthcare
11192020 United Healthcare
Amber talks to professionals about the toll opioid abuse has on infants

C1 3 speaker 1: we're talking health care in kentucky.

We're here with dr. kathryn newhousen from unitedhealthcare, and tiffany cole hall with volunteers of america.

We're talking an especially hard-hitting crisis in the state of kentucky, opioid abuse.

Thank you both so much for being here.

Kathryn n.: thank you.

Speaker 1: what do both of you feel is most important for everyone to know about this opioid crisis?

Kathryn n.: unitedhealthcare is really committed to partnering with community-based organizations and health care providers to address the opioid crisis through a comprehensive strategy that involves prevention, treatment, harm reduction.

One of the most important things to emphasize is that treatment works, specifically medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, which is medication and counseling, and that with evidence-based treatment, people can and do recover.

Kathryn n.: we can prevent overdoses, we can help people get their kids back, rejoin their families, get jobs, and be part of society again.

We're really committed to helping ensure people get evidence-based treatment and to partnering with wonderful organizations like volunteers of america to help some of our most vulnerable people in society, pregnant women and parenting women, get housing, which is a key determinant to help people succeed in recovery.

Speaker 1: sure.

And tiffany, volunteers of america deals a lot with helping unitedhealthcare do this.

What does your organization do?

Tiffany c.: we provide all the care that's just been discussed.

Freedom house is the program that we have that helps pregnant and post- partum and parenting moms and their kiddos.

They can come get treatment on-site, be there for up to six months.

They receive evidence-based treatment.

We have very positive outcomes.

We are about to have our 200th baby born not exposed to illicit substances.

Tiffany c.: one gap that we had, and we're so grateful for being able to partner with unitedhealthcare is long-term housing, where we have a gap there that we can provide housing and stay involved with these families for up to three years, to up to two years after they graduate, and improve the outcomes long-term for these families.

Speaker 1: sure.

And this may seem familiar to a lot of our viewers out there.

Everyone knows someone who's dealing with something maybe like this.

Are you open to anyone and everyone?

Tiffany c.: absolutely.

We can help.

We have an intake line that is answered 24 hours a day, 635-4530.

That call will be screened and will be explained to what all resources we have, because we serve men too.

We have other programs. speaker 1: sure.

All that involved.

And obviously the opioid crisis is so intensive in conversation that we can't deal with it all right here today.

If anyone were to have any other questions or want any more information, what's the best way to get that?

Kathryn n.: you can visit uhccommunityplan.

Com to learn more about united and our programs. tiffany c.: and to learn more about volunteers of america midstates, you can go to voamid.org, and then again, the intake line for anyone that needs help is 635-4530.

Speaker 1: and i'm sure all of that information is on our website, wtvq.com.

We appreciate both of you for being here and for what you're doing for

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