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The Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center is a national hub for substance use disorders resources. Through a variety of treamtent and support programs for patients of all backgrounds, at Grayken, we revolutionize addiction treatment and education, replicate best practices, and provide policy, advocacy, and thought leadership.

Patient Services

Our comprehensive treatment programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of patients of all ages and walks of life. Understanding that substance use can affect anyone, at any point in life, our substance use programs and services are available and accessible whenever needed, from pregnancy (Project RESPECT) to adolescence (CATALYST Clinic) and in times of crisis (Project ASSERT). By offering a wide array of programs, you can receive care that is suited to your specific needs and effective in ensuring the best possible outcomes. Download the Grayken Center's services.

Project TRUST

Harm reduction and street outreach

Rapid ACCESS

Connecting patients to treatment programs at BMC

Faster Paths

SUD urgent care clinic

Project ASSERT

Emergency linkage and support

OBAT

Office based addiction treatment and primary care

CATALYST

Addiction treatment for adolescents and young adults

Project RESPECT

Addiction treatment for pregnant women

SOFAR

Clinic for families affected by addiction

Addiction Consult Service

Addiction treatment for hospitalized patients

Addiction Psychiatry Treatment Program

Treatment for co-occuring SUD and mental health disorders

To schedule an appointment with an addiction specialist, please call 617.638.5500, or click on a service to learn more.

Areas of Focus

Work at the Grayken Center encompasses a wide range of topics within substance use disorder treatment, research, and advocacy, including the below focus areas.

Addiction Research

Research is a core focus area for the Grayken Center. From finding new and better treatments for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome to conducting research while caring for patients to investigating how to minimize harm from chronic opioid use for pain management, BMC research is helping to shine light on how to best care for patients with addiction.

Training and Education

When clinicians across the country are looking to educate and train their teams, they turn to BMC. BMC has developed numerous programs for hospital-based and community-based providers so that anyone who encounters a patient needing help with addiction can offer them appropriate care.

Grayken Center Clinical Programs

At Boston Medical Center, we recognize that one size doesn't fit all when it comes to addiction treatment. BMC has developed tailored treatment programs that meet patients where they are, be it in an office or on the street. All of our programs emphasize evidence-based treatments.

Policy and Advocacy

The Grayken Center's policy and advocacy leadership, guided by both harm reduction best practices and principles and our mission to ensure that treatment and support is available to every patient with substance use disorder, is critical to guiding the conversation on addiction policy in Massachusetts and beyond.

Stories of Recovery at Grayken

Stigma is most often the primary reason why people don't receive the addiction treatment they need. Grayken hopes to bring addiction out of the shadows by telling the stories of recovery and the research that goes behind what we do.

Upcoming Events

Want to get involved or hear more from Grayken's addiction experts? Check out our upcoming events to learn more!

See the full calendar of upcoming events

AUD Series: Medications for AUD: Naltrexone and Best Practices for Extended Release Naltrexone Injections

Virtual meeting

Via Zoom

Description

AUD Series: These trainings will provide an overview of alcohol use disorders, evidence-based screening tools, brief negotiated interview (BNI) for alcohol consumption, management of AUD in the primary care setting, and medications for the treatment of alcohol use disorder. 

This training will review the basic pharmacology and clinical use of naltrexone for the treatment of alcohol use disorders. Injection techniques for XR naltrexone will also be discussed. 

Intended audience

Nurses, social workers, other clinical staff, and non-clinicians.

Objectives

  • Participants will be able to compare the pros and cons of initiating naltrexone for AUD.
  • Participants will be able to identify patients that may benefit from naltrexone.
  • Participants will be able to recognize best practices for administering XR naltrexone.

Sponsored by

Boston Medical Center Grayken Center for Addiction, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (DPH/BSAS).

Accreditation information

Awaiting accreditation information

Addiction 101

Virtual meeting

Via Zoom

Description

This training is appropriate for all health care organization staff, including non-clinicians. The training covers stigma, the disease model of addiction, and provides an overview of evidence-based treatment of substance use disorders.

Please note that you must have your camera on so we can see you in order to be eligible for CEUs.

Intended audience

Nurses, social workers, other clinical staff, and non-clinicians.

Speakers

Annie Potter, MSN, MPH, NP, CARN-AP

Annie is a Nurse Practitioner at Boston Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Annie educates and supports health care providers on best practices in the treatment of substance use disorders and serves as the Medical Director for the Massachusetts Office Based Addiction Treatment ECHO. Prior to joining BMC, Annie practiced at a community health center in Baltimore, MD, where she established and served as the clinical lead for the city's first walk-in HIV treatment and prevention program. She is board-certified in addictions and holds specialty certifications for the treatment of HIV and Hepatitis C. Annie earned her Masters of Nursing and Masters of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Bloomberg School of Public Health, respectively.

Kristin Wason, MSN, NP-C, CARN

Kristin is a Nurse Practitioner at Boston Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Kristin has been working in addiction medicine since 2009 — initially practicing as a Registered Nurse within BMC's multidisciplinary OBAT clinic, managing a large caseload of patients with substance addiction, and now as a Primary Care Provider with a full DATA2000 X-waiver. In addition to her clinical practice, Kristin advises and supports community health centers on integration of best practices for treating substance use disorders into institutions across Massachusetts and nationwide. Kristin earned her MSN, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, degree from Salem State University. She is board certified in addictions nursing through the Addictions Nursing Certification Board.

Objectives

After attending this training, participants will:

  • Describe the prevalence of substance use disorders in the US.
  • Define substance use disorders as chronic medical conditions.
  • Identify at least 3 evidence-based treatment strategies for substance use disorders.
  • Recognize and respond to an opioid overdose.

Sponsored by

Boston Medical Center Grayken Center for Addiction, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (DPH/BSAS).

Accreditation information

Boston Medical Center grants 1.00 hours to all nurses who attend and complete the evaluation. Boston Medical Center is approved as a provider of continuing professional development by American Nurses Association, Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Boston University School of Social Work which is authorized through the MA state board of Social Work to provide 1.00 CE Credit Hours.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA) grants 1.00 LMHC CE Credits to LMHCs that attend this activity.

X-Waiver Training

Virtual meeting

Via Zoom

Description

This eight-hour course prepares physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder in their office. The curriculum includes the science of addiction as a brain disorder, the pharmacology of buprenorphine, and the regulatory requirements around prescribing this medication. Attendees will learn to screen patients for treatment with buprenorphine and to manage the medication along with the patient's other medical needs in an office setting such as a primary care clinic. The course fulfills 8 hours of the training needed to obtain a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to over 30 patients for Physicians. Advanced Practice Providers must complete 24 hours of specialized training to prescribe buprenorphine to over 30 patients.

Intended audience

Physicians (MD, DO), Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA), and Physician Assistants

Objectives

  • Screen and identify patients with OUD and define evidence-based treatments.
  • Discuss the pharmacology of opioids as it relates to treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) patients.
  • Describe the fundamentals of office-based opioid treatment including the treatment of the co-morbid patient.
  • Explain the process of buprenorphine induction as well as stabilization and maintenance.
  • Discuss all FDA approved antagonist and agonist medications to treat OUD.
  • Discuss basic office protocols including medical record documentation and confidentially.
  • Utilize evidence-based resources to ensure providers have the confidence to prescribe buprenorphine for patients with OUD.
  • Recognize the importance of obtaining a waiver to begin treating patients with OUD.

Sponsored by

Boston Medical Center Grayken Center for Addiction, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (DPH/BSAS). 


American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) is the DATA 2000 sponsor for this waiver training.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

NA Group - Rising Above

Thursday 12:00-1:00pm

NA Group - Rising Above

Rapid ACCESS 774 Albany Street 2nd fl (check-in at the front desk)

  • Open discussion
  • Beginners group
  • Topic meeting

Our Experts

The Grayken Center for Addiction is a multidisciplinary team of physicians, social workers, patient navigators, nurse practitioners, project managers, researchers, nurses, recovery coaches, and more who all work together to support patients with substance use disorders.

OBAT Nursing Competencies

Nursing is a critical component of addiction treatment. Nurses are often the frontline provider for patients admitted to the hospital with addiction, and one of the first people a patient sees at an outpatient appointment. However, comprehensive addiction education is rarely provided in nursing schools, leaving a gap between what nurses are taught and who they treat. The OBAT TTA program at BMC is one program that leads the charge to educate nurses, and other treatment team members, about addiction and treatment. As part of this mission, members of THE OBAT team developed a toolkit called the Addiction Nursing Competencies to support nurses, as well as their managers, to provide and evaluate addiction treatment in their practice.

Read more on HealthCity
Check out the Toolkit here

Residency and Fellowship Information

BMC has a number of unique opportunities for residents and fellows to train in caring for patients with addiction, including an addiction medicine fellowship program, addiction psychiatry fellowship program, and addiction training in the general psychiatry residency. These programs all train clinicians in different stages of their career in the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of substance use disorders in a variety of settings.

Learn more about Residency and Fellowship Information

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To get an appointment or talk with someone about addiction services at Boston Medical Center, call 617.638.5500. Or click here to learn more about our programs.