Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton recently donated $12,500 to the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MSAPC) to support programs that address the mental health and substance misuse needs of the town.
According to Caroline Kinsella, BSN, RN, RS, health director for the town and chair of the MSAPC, the donation will go towards education programs to combat youth drinking and substance misuse. The donation will also help support the Interface Referral Services program which provides information on and referrals to mental health services for town residents.
“We are extremely appreciative of the hospital’s ongoing support of the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and its various programs,” said Ms. Kinsella. “The hospital has been a very involved and generous partner of the MSAPC from the outset and has been committed to supporting program to reduce teen drinking and substance misuse in Milton.”
Rich Fernandez, president and CEO of BID-Milton, stressed the commitment the hospital has to improving the health of the Milton community. “As the community’s hospital, our mission is not to just take care of the sick or injured but to also improve the community’s overall health,” explained Mr. Fernandez. “Teen drinking and substance misuse are among the leading public health problems, not just in Milton but nationwide, and we are intent of working with our community partners to make a positive impact on this important issue.”
The donation to the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition was made through the hospital’s Community Benefits Program. This program provides healthcare services and resources for uninsured or underinsured patients, community health screenings and education as well as programs to meet public health needs. Last year, BID-Milton provided more than $200,000 in community benefits to the Town of Milton and its residents.