Substance use disorder has received increased public attention due to rising rates of opioid-related overdose deaths and misuse of prescription opioids. While opioid use disorder is an important issue, alcohol use disorder can also be a significant contributor to individuals’ complex health and social needs, due in no small part to alcohol’s legal status, social acceptance, and wide availability. Individuals who accrue the highest medical expenditures are more likely to use or be dependent on alcohol. This type of substance use disorder can impact one’s ability to find and maintain housing and employment, manage chronic conditions, and maintain interpersonal relationships. Alcohol also has far greater secondary harm to others than other addictions.
For this Office Hours session, we welcome Fred Rotgers, psychologist, Dede de Percin, Executive Director of the Mile High Health Alliance (MHHA), and Marti Schulte, doctor of internal medicine and former Chair of the High Needs Patients Workgroup of MHHA to discuss alcohol use disorder in individuals with complex needs. Fred will describe national and international approaches on the issue; Dede will then provide an overview of the Mile High Health Alliance followed by Marti who will present the High Needs Patients Workgroup of MHHA, describe the group’s case study of alcohol use, and potential next steps. The majority of the session will consist of a peer discussion and an open call for participants’ insights. Attendees are encouraged to come prepared to share about their respective programs and approaches to alcohol use disorder in individuals with complex needs.
- Fred Rotgers, psychologist
- Dede de Percin, Executive Director, Mile High Health Alliance
- Marti Schulte, doctor of internal medicine and former Chair of the High Needs Patients Workgroup of MHHA
Office Hours for Complex Care are designed to be interactive discussions with experts in complex care from across the country, and offer a deeper dive into the topic introduced during the preceding month’s webinar. Office Hours are generally capped at 30-40 participants in order to ensure valuable small group discussion.