CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and Cabin Creek Health Systems said Thursday a partnership clinic will not offer medication-assisted treatment until discussions with local officials are held.
The joint statement came after concerns from government bodies and residents about the possibility of such program.
The health department and Cabin Creek Health Systems offer primary care services at the Sunnyside Clinic located at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department building in Charleston.
Cabin Creek CEO Craig Robin discussed at a board meeting last week plans of providing suboxone treatment at the clinic.
“It is important for the citizens of Kanawha County to fully understand and be educated on what the program entails, have the ability to ask questions and to also have the backing of leadership at both the state and local levels,” a health department statement said.
“No MAT services will be offered until county officials, city officials and stakeholders are comfortable with providing the service.”
The Kanawha County Commission said medication-assisted treatment programs have not been discussed with the commission.
“The press release issued by the Health Department was in complete response to my inquiry into their proposal of this new program,” Commission President Kent Carper said. “Ample scrutiny of this program is required due to the Health Department’s track record with prior proposals.”
Charleston Mayor Amy Goodwin said the health department also did not reach out to her office.
“The mission and vision of the Mayor’s Office is to provide public safety and public health resources to all members of our community. Their input is a critical and valuable part of that mission,” she said. “I look forward to working with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, along with the Kanawha County Commission, to ensure a more transparent process moving forward.”
The health department said it is planning to hold meetings with stakeholders on the matter.