County Offering Medication-Assisted Treatment At Behavioral Health Clinics

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene continues to offer medication-assisted treatment at its two behavioral health clinics to help those struggling with opioid dependency.

The Chautauqua County Behavioral Health Clinics’ mission is to provide a patient centered approach to those in the community who are seeking counseling and other treatments for substance use disorders. This patient-centered approach includes both counseling and medication-assisted treatment for the treatment of opioid dependency.

Medication-assisted treatment consists of two primary treatment options available at the clinics. The first is Suboxone (buprenorphine), which is approved by the FDA for medication-assisted treatment of opioid and heroin use disorders. Vivitrol (naltrexone) is another option to treat heroin and opioid use disorder, in addition to alcohol use disorder. Vivitrol is used to block the opioid receptor and help with cravings for alcohol and opioids.

Dr. Scott Cunningham has been working at the Chautauqua County Behavioral Health Clinics in both Jamestown and Dunkirk since July 2017 and continues to supervise medication-assisted treatment at each of the behavioral health clinics. Cunningham has been working in the field of addiction medicine for the last 10 years. Prior to specialization in addiction medicine, he worked in both family practice and urgent care settings over his 20 years of experience as a physician.

“Growing up, I often spent summers with my family on vacation in Chautauqua County,” Cunningham said. “I feel very thankful to be a part of the wonderful team at Chautauqua County Behavioral Health Clinics.”

Those in the community who would like information on medication-assisted treatment can call either of the Chautauqua County Behavioral Health Clinics to make an appointment for an assessment or in an emergency, stop in for open access services. The clinics are open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Jamestown Clinic can be reached at 661-8330 and the Dunkirk Clinic can be reached at 363-3550. Contact the clinics for more information about services available to the community and scheduling an appointment.

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