Over the years, Duffy has been meeting the needs of not only homeless persons but others at risk of homelessness. Many of these individuals have chronic disabilities including mental health and/or substance abuse disorders; many suffer from trauma and co-occurring disorders. Others have experienced domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse, prior history of incarceration and tenuous or temporary housing situations. Many have given up hope.
When these individuals begin to address their underlying mental health conditions and/or addictions, they begin to understand the importance of attending to chronic medical conditions. For this reason, Duffy has made a concerted effort over the past three years to expand its mental health and substance abuse services as part of its integrated care model at its health center and in the community by collaborating with other agencies and community health centers in an effort to strengthen a continuum of behavioral health care. As part of a state pilot program, Duffy's Office-Based Opioid Treatment program (OBOT) now serves almost 200 individuals.