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Caring for Our Community | UPMC Community Benefits Report

Offering Care and Hope to Those Who Need It Most

Caring for Our Neediest Neighbors

UPMC provides more care to the region’s vulnerable populations than any other hospital system. By responding with comprehensive services customized to local needs, we overcome geographic barriers and deliver the right care to individuals in the right ways.

Responding to Those Who Need Our Help Now

Smart Choices: Having the Talks That Save Lives

Substance abuse is one of the country’s most critical health challenges. But most efforts to treat it focus on adults who are already battling addiction — not children who could become addicted.

UPMC is taking a different approach. The Screening Motivational Interviewing and Referral to Treatment (SMART) Choices program identifies at-risk kids between the ages of 11 and 18 during annual well-child visits to UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics (CCP) offices.

If the doctor sees a problem developing, a conversation takes place about how to avoid getting in trouble with substances or how to stop using them.

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Behavioral health conditions are ranked by local community leaders as the most important health need.

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital provides care through a network of more than 55 unique locations and links individuals and agencies across Pennsylvania with experts in Pittsburgh through virtual care visits.

Helping Rural Areas Address Opioid Addiction

Serving as a major resource in tackling the opioid epidemic, UPMC is working in concert with county substance use agencies and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to bring evidence-based treatment to local communities — increasing access to potentially life-saving care. In Erie, Blair, Lycoming, and Clinton counties, UPMC is supporting the development of a hub-and-spoke model to help providers deliver Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) to residents battling opioid use disorders, using an award from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.