Responding to the opioid crisis with H.O.U.S.E

January 11, 2018

UPDATE [July 9, 2018] // H.O.U.S.E. was vetoed by Governor LePage. With 87 in favor and 56 opposed, it was the vote of the House that the Resolve not become a law and the veto was sustained.

As the opioid crisis devastated communities across Maine, Preble Street was reversing overdoses almost every week in 2017. This catastrophic public health crisis has deadly consequences to the people Preble Street serves.

Representative Drew Gattine has submitted emergency legislation to address the crisis at the intersections of homelessness and the opioid epidemic. LD 1711, Resolve, To Save Lives by Establishing a Homeless Opioid Users Service Engagement Pilot Project (H.O.U.S.E.) will provide treatment for substance use disorders and stable housing to support recovery for opioid users who are among the most vulnerable in Maine.

Homeless individuals with substance use disorder have difficulty accessing traditional care—100% of people who overdosed at Preble Street sought treatment but there was none available.

With the proposed H.O.U.S.E. project, homeless individuals will have access to a “medication first” system of low-barrier Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and rapid housing with intensive support options to ensure paths to recovery—housing is an integral and critical component of treatment that leads to recovery. H.O.U.S.E. builds on the innovative collaboration between Maine Medical Center and the Preble Street Learning Collaborative, a partnership addressing unmet healthcare needs of homeless populations.

Find the H.O.U.S.E. information sheet here.

Find the H.O.U.S.E. bill language here.


Finding Recovery From Substance Use Disorder • 3/5/2018

Finding Recovery from Substance Use Disorder

“I always had a roof over my head and a warm place to sleep. Even having those advantages it took me years and years to find recovery.”

Battling substance use disorder, Seth overdosed multiple times before finding recovery through supportive housing and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).

Posted by Preble Street on Monday, March 5, 2018

H.O.U.S.E. Hearing Highlights • 1/19/2018

H.O.U.S.E. Public Hearing (Wednesday, January 17)

Despite the snow, dozens and dozens of people braved the roads to Augusta on Wednesday to testify before the Health and Human Services committee about the URGENT need for housing and treatment options for people in our community (FMI: preblestreet.org/updates/house). Watch just some of the many powerful testimonies. And stay tuned for next steps to victory!

Posted by Preble Street on Friday, January 19, 2018

Opioid Crisis Consequences • 1/12/2018

Opioid Crisis Consequences: Human Trafficking Survivors

The #opioidepidemic is devastating the people Preble Street serves. Here’s how this public health crisis impacts survivors of #humantrafficking.

You can change lives by calling your legislator and urging them to support H.O.U.S.E. – a proposed bill providing treatment and housing to support recovery. FMI and legislator contacts: preblestreet.org/updates/house

Posted by Preble Street on Friday, January 12, 2018

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Every 8 Days at Preble Street • 11/14/2017

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