Reaching Beyond Our Walls to Help More People Find Freedom from Addiction More than ever in its 70-year history, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's capacity to bring lifesaving addiction care to individuals, families and communities will have less to do with bricks-and-mortar expansion and more to do with collaboration, technology, education and research. Initiatives and solutions developed in close partnership with local communities represent some of the most promising ways forward. The Foundation’s growing partnership with the state of Kentucky offers a case in point. What started out in 2016 as a Hazelden Publishing contract to bring clinical training and implementation on medication-assisted treatment to St. Elizabeth's Healthcare System in northern Kentucky has developed into a multi-faceted, consultative relationship between the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and numerous public and private agencies across the state. Today, the scope of collaborative work in Kentucky includes: Staff trainings on opioid treatment at a majority of community mental health centers in the state A pilot opioid treatment and re-entry program for incarcerated men and women Training peer recovery specialists to work as coaches and advocates in health care and corrections settings A partnership with the Kentucky Primary Care Association to increase the implementation of medication-assisted treatment in more primary care clinics Development of custom training curriculum for statewide distribution A consultative role with the Kentucky State Cabinet Working With & Alongside In many instances, the initiatives across Kentucky involve working with state and local agencies responsible for delivering addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services in under-resourced communities address addiction, says Jordan Hansen, former director of ventures for Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's professional education solutions division. "By listening, learning and working in partnership with all stakeholders in a community, we can help to foster culturally relevant, hyper-local treatment services and recovery resources and support for people we haven't historically reached," Hansen explains. Steve Delisi, MD, medical director of professional education solutions for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, describes the consultation style as community-centric. "When we go into a community, we don't arrive with preconceived notions about treatment or recovery resources that might be needed," Delisi explains. "Instead, we learn about the community's distinct experiences, strengths and challenges; identify gaps in existing services or resources; and develop a plan together to address those needs." It's a consultative role that has as much to do with empowerment as expertise, Delisi adds. "Success to us means leaving a community with the ability to sustain and build on what’s been started—to empower recovery and advance recovery-oriented systems of care, so that healing and hope are truly within reach for more people." Much like care provided directly to patients at Hazelden Betty Ford treatment centers, our partnership work in communities draws from an institutional heritage of compassion, science, addiction medicine, evidence-based therapies, research and the wisdom of lived experience, observes Delisi. And, as with all things recovery, the surest way forward is together.