Duffy Health Center Launches New MAT Program for Teens

Sandwich State Representative Randy Hunt speaks while Duffy CEO Heidi Nelson listens during an open house event on Tuesday.

Sandwich State Representative Randy Hunt speaks while Duffy CEO Heidi Nelson listens during an open house event on Tuesday.

HYANNIS – Duffy Health Center held an open house on Tuesday to introduce their new Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program for teens.

The new program serves to help those aged 16-24, with up to 20 treated in the first year that the program is open.

The program currently has 18 participants between the ages of 18-24.

The program is targeted at the developmental needs of teens and is separate from Duffy’s adult program.

“It’s really important for us to really be addressing this issue with much younger teens before they do enough damage to their systems,” said Duffy CEO Heidi Nelson.

In addition to a family practice physician and family nurse practitioner for primary care needs, the care teams include a child psychiatrist, a counselor and a recovery support navigator.

The program began on September 19 and Duffy has opened up the third floor of their facility on Main Street in Hyannis to serve as a break room for their teen participants.

“It’s a separate space for them, it’s a more homey space, more welcoming, so that we can kind of keep them separated from our adult population and have a more homey environment here,” said Nelson.

Sandwich State Representative Randy Hunt and U.S. Congressman William Keating attended the event.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter