OT: Long acting injection for alcoholism/opiods at local clinics


SSM Health Care (St. Louis area) Long-Acting Injection Clinic at SSM Health DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, which opened just over five years ago to treat those with behavioral health disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disease and substance abuse disorder.

'The DePaul clinic went from serving 1,100 patients in its first year to 4,331 last year, while the Wentzville clinic grew from serving 340 patients in 2020 to 1,641 last year, hospital officials say."

"The symptoms of mental illness can make it difficult to stick to a daily medication regimen. The clinic allows patients to substitute daily oral medications with injections given every month, sometimes even longer.

SSM is opening additional clinics. Injections are costly. Funding might be a problem. Very successful program.

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Insurance companies are required to cover mental health care same as physical health care. So there is one hefty source of revenue. Plus the govt (city/county/state/fed), of course.

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