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Prestera Center – Connections Corner January 2018





The opioid epidemic is hitting Region 3 particularly hard. There are regional organizations that are taking bold and innovative steps to combat overdose deaths and effectively treat and recover people with substance use disorders (SUDs).

Prestera Center has been operating in West Virginia for 50 years as a provider for adults and children with various types of behavioral health and substance use disorders (SUDs), specializing in dual diagnosis treatment of persons who have both mental health issues and SUDs.

Prestera is part of West Virginia’s efforts to curb the opioid epidemic through partnerships with law enforcement and medical care professionals to motivate individuals into treatment.

“Prestera Center is diligently working on solutions to the opioid epidemic in our region, through grants and partnerships and novel approaches to substance use disorders that will result in positive outcomes for individuals and their families.” – Kim Miller, Director of Corporate Development

  Prestera has partnered with the state in the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, where individuals are given referrals to treatment instead of arrest after an encounter with police officers.

  Prestera is also one of the BH providers that have recently initiated Quick Response Teams, a three-pronged effort to visit patients in the emergency department within 72 hours of their overdose. Teams will consist of at least three people: medial personnel from EMS and the fire department, a uniformed Huntington police officer, and a treatment center representative or peer recovery coach.

More about Prestera:

Prestera is a not-for-profit organization, which allows them to offer services to those in need, regardless of ability to pay.

With more than 55 locations and 750 staff serving 1600 adults, families, and children annually, Prestera is the largest behavioral health service provider in WV and provides services to rural areas where people often don’t have access to BH services.

Prestera provides a plethora of services that include integrated primary and BH care, homeless assistance, and crisis intervention. Addiction services include outpatient services, residential programs for women, women with children, and men, detoxification, DUI safety and treatment, MAT, a treatment campus with efficiency apartments, recovery engagement, recovery coaching, and prevention services.

“Because our state is leading the nation [in overdose deaths], we have to do something – we have to do everything.” Kim Miller, Director of Corporate Development