North Carolina, ECU & Birches Health join forces for metrics-based clinical treatment

North Carolina, ECU & Birches Health join forces for metrics-based clinical treatment

North Carolina, ECU & Birches Health join forces for metrics-based clinical treatment

July 8, 2024

July 8, 2024

July 8, 2024

Birches Health is proud to partner with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ (NCDHHS) Problem Gambling Program and ECU’s Gambling Research and Policy Initiative (“GRPI”) to offer metrics-based gambling disorder treatment and resources to all individuals reaching out to the North Carolina Gambling Hotline.

North Carolina residents seeking help for gambling-related behavioral health problems will receive care from Birches Health. Specialized virtual therapy from licensed clinical providers will be available as part of an integrated clinical program. Funding for non-insured and underinsured individuals is being provided by the NCDHHS Problem Gambling Program to ensure there are no financial barriers to services. The GRPI intends to conduct research exploring how specialized counseling services should be adjusted for different identities and comorbid issues individuals may be facing in addition to gambling-related harms, such as depression, substance abuse, and/or PTSD.

The full announcement can be found below:

GREENVILLE, N.C., July 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ (NCDHHS) Problem Gambling Program, ECU’s Gambling Research and Policy Initiative (“GRPI”), and Birches Health announced today a pioneering initiative to offer metrics-based gambling disorder treatment and resources to all individuals reaching out to the North Carolina Gambling Hotline.

Through this new partnership, North Carolina residents seeking help for gambling-related behavioral health problems will receive care from Birches Health, a leading national clinical provider of gambling disorder treatment, in partnership with the Gambling Research & Policy Initiative (GRPI) and the NCDHHS Problem Gambling Program. Specialized virtual therapy from licensed clinical providers will be available as part of an integrated clinical program. Funding for non-insured and underinsured individuals is being provided by the NCDHHS Problem Gambling Program to ensure there are no financial barriers to services.

The GRPI intends to conduct research exploring how specialized counseling services should be adjusted for different identities and comorbid issues individuals may be facing in addition to gambling-related harms, such as depression, substance abuse, and/or PTSD. According to Dr. Michelle L. Malkin, Director of the GRPI, “the more providers can identify the types of support different clients need based on a whole person approach, the better results we can have to getting clients to stay in recovery and reduce potential negative outcomes, such as the high suicide rate among those with gambling disorder.” By measuring outcomes with scientific rigor and regularly updated screenings of gambling behavior and comorbidities, individuals will be able to receive the most appropriate forms and types of treatment.

“We are excited to support our partners at the GRPI and Birches Health in their work launching a first-of-its-kind problem gambling metrics-based telehealth treatment pilot program,” says Amanda Winters, Problem Gambling Administrator for NCDHHS. “These initiatives are crucial to ensuring that North Carolina residents have access to the highest quality treatment and services.”

Elliott Rapaport, Founder and CEO of Birches Health, added, “We are proud to support the groundbreaking research done by the GRPI in direct partnership with NC Department of Health and Human Services Problem Gambling Program. We believe this initiative will inform best-in-class gambling disorder treatment and help steer clinical outcomes for programs nationally to ensure the reduction of gambling-related harms.”

About the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Problem Gambling Program
The North Carolina Problem Gambling Program (NCPGP) provides and supports effective problem gambling prevention, education, outreach and treatment services throughout North Carolina. For more information, visit www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/mental-health-developmental-disabilities-and-substance-use-services/nc-problem-gambling-program

About Eastern Carolina University’s Gambling Research and Policy Initiative
ECU’s Gambling Research & Policy Initiative (GRPI) conducts research on gambling awareness, behavior, risk, and gambling-related harms, including – North Carolina gambling behavior and risk prevalence studies, state/national/international studies focused on marginalized groups, and other studies aimed at filling research gaps.  For more information, visit https://criminal-justice.ecu.edu/grpi/

About Birches Health
Birches Health is a leading national clinical provider of specialized treatment for gambling disorder covered by insurance and state funding. Birches Health’s mission is to provide convenient, comprehensive care and resources to individuals facing challenges related to problem gambling and other behavioral addictions. For more information, visit www.bircheshealth.com

Birches Health is proud to partner with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ (NCDHHS) Problem Gambling Program and ECU’s Gambling Research and Policy Initiative (“GRPI”) to offer metrics-based gambling disorder treatment and resources to all individuals reaching out to the North Carolina Gambling Hotline.

North Carolina residents seeking help for gambling-related behavioral health problems will receive care from Birches Health. Specialized virtual therapy from licensed clinical providers will be available as part of an integrated clinical program. Funding for non-insured and underinsured individuals is being provided by the NCDHHS Problem Gambling Program to ensure there are no financial barriers to services. The GRPI intends to conduct research exploring how specialized counseling services should be adjusted for different identities and comorbid issues individuals may be facing in addition to gambling-related harms, such as depression, substance abuse, and/or PTSD.

The full announcement can be found below:

GREENVILLE, N.C., July 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ (NCDHHS) Problem Gambling Program, ECU’s Gambling Research and Policy Initiative (“GRPI”), and Birches Health announced today a pioneering initiative to offer metrics-based gambling disorder treatment and resources to all individuals reaching out to the North Carolina Gambling Hotline.

Through this new partnership, North Carolina residents seeking help for gambling-related behavioral health problems will receive care from Birches Health, a leading national clinical provider of gambling disorder treatment, in partnership with the Gambling Research & Policy Initiative (GRPI) and the NCDHHS Problem Gambling Program. Specialized virtual therapy from licensed clinical providers will be available as part of an integrated clinical program. Funding for non-insured and underinsured individuals is being provided by the NCDHHS Problem Gambling Program to ensure there are no financial barriers to services.

The GRPI intends to conduct research exploring how specialized counseling services should be adjusted for different identities and comorbid issues individuals may be facing in addition to gambling-related harms, such as depression, substance abuse, and/or PTSD. According to Dr. Michelle L. Malkin, Director of the GRPI, “the more providers can identify the types of support different clients need based on a whole person approach, the better results we can have to getting clients to stay in recovery and reduce potential negative outcomes, such as the high suicide rate among those with gambling disorder.” By measuring outcomes with scientific rigor and regularly updated screenings of gambling behavior and comorbidities, individuals will be able to receive the most appropriate forms and types of treatment.

“We are excited to support our partners at the GRPI and Birches Health in their work launching a first-of-its-kind problem gambling metrics-based telehealth treatment pilot program,” says Amanda Winters, Problem Gambling Administrator for NCDHHS. “These initiatives are crucial to ensuring that North Carolina residents have access to the highest quality treatment and services.”

Elliott Rapaport, Founder and CEO of Birches Health, added, “We are proud to support the groundbreaking research done by the GRPI in direct partnership with NC Department of Health and Human Services Problem Gambling Program. We believe this initiative will inform best-in-class gambling disorder treatment and help steer clinical outcomes for programs nationally to ensure the reduction of gambling-related harms.”

About the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Problem Gambling Program
The North Carolina Problem Gambling Program (NCPGP) provides and supports effective problem gambling prevention, education, outreach and treatment services throughout North Carolina. For more information, visit www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/mental-health-developmental-disabilities-and-substance-use-services/nc-problem-gambling-program

About Eastern Carolina University’s Gambling Research and Policy Initiative
ECU’s Gambling Research & Policy Initiative (GRPI) conducts research on gambling awareness, behavior, risk, and gambling-related harms, including – North Carolina gambling behavior and risk prevalence studies, state/national/international studies focused on marginalized groups, and other studies aimed at filling research gaps.  For more information, visit https://criminal-justice.ecu.edu/grpi/

About Birches Health
Birches Health is a leading national clinical provider of specialized treatment for gambling disorder covered by insurance and state funding. Birches Health’s mission is to provide convenient, comprehensive care and resources to individuals facing challenges related to problem gambling and other behavioral addictions. For more information, visit www.bircheshealth.com

Birches Health is proud to partner with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ (NCDHHS) Problem Gambling Program and ECU’s Gambling Research and Policy Initiative (“GRPI”) to offer metrics-based gambling disorder treatment and resources to all individuals reaching out to the North Carolina Gambling Hotline.

North Carolina residents seeking help for gambling-related behavioral health problems will receive care from Birches Health. Specialized virtual therapy from licensed clinical providers will be available as part of an integrated clinical program. Funding for non-insured and underinsured individuals is being provided by the NCDHHS Problem Gambling Program to ensure there are no financial barriers to services. The GRPI intends to conduct research exploring how specialized counseling services should be adjusted for different identities and comorbid issues individuals may be facing in addition to gambling-related harms, such as depression, substance abuse, and/or PTSD.

The full announcement can be found below:

GREENVILLE, N.C., July 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ (NCDHHS) Problem Gambling Program, ECU’s Gambling Research and Policy Initiative (“GRPI”), and Birches Health announced today a pioneering initiative to offer metrics-based gambling disorder treatment and resources to all individuals reaching out to the North Carolina Gambling Hotline.

Through this new partnership, North Carolina residents seeking help for gambling-related behavioral health problems will receive care from Birches Health, a leading national clinical provider of gambling disorder treatment, in partnership with the Gambling Research & Policy Initiative (GRPI) and the NCDHHS Problem Gambling Program. Specialized virtual therapy from licensed clinical providers will be available as part of an integrated clinical program. Funding for non-insured and underinsured individuals is being provided by the NCDHHS Problem Gambling Program to ensure there are no financial barriers to services.

The GRPI intends to conduct research exploring how specialized counseling services should be adjusted for different identities and comorbid issues individuals may be facing in addition to gambling-related harms, such as depression, substance abuse, and/or PTSD. According to Dr. Michelle L. Malkin, Director of the GRPI, “the more providers can identify the types of support different clients need based on a whole person approach, the better results we can have to getting clients to stay in recovery and reduce potential negative outcomes, such as the high suicide rate among those with gambling disorder.” By measuring outcomes with scientific rigor and regularly updated screenings of gambling behavior and comorbidities, individuals will be able to receive the most appropriate forms and types of treatment.

“We are excited to support our partners at the GRPI and Birches Health in their work launching a first-of-its-kind problem gambling metrics-based telehealth treatment pilot program,” says Amanda Winters, Problem Gambling Administrator for NCDHHS. “These initiatives are crucial to ensuring that North Carolina residents have access to the highest quality treatment and services.”

Elliott Rapaport, Founder and CEO of Birches Health, added, “We are proud to support the groundbreaking research done by the GRPI in direct partnership with NC Department of Health and Human Services Problem Gambling Program. We believe this initiative will inform best-in-class gambling disorder treatment and help steer clinical outcomes for programs nationally to ensure the reduction of gambling-related harms.”

About the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Problem Gambling Program
The North Carolina Problem Gambling Program (NCPGP) provides and supports effective problem gambling prevention, education, outreach and treatment services throughout North Carolina. For more information, visit www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/mental-health-developmental-disabilities-and-substance-use-services/nc-problem-gambling-program

About Eastern Carolina University’s Gambling Research and Policy Initiative
ECU’s Gambling Research & Policy Initiative (GRPI) conducts research on gambling awareness, behavior, risk, and gambling-related harms, including – North Carolina gambling behavior and risk prevalence studies, state/national/international studies focused on marginalized groups, and other studies aimed at filling research gaps.  For more information, visit https://criminal-justice.ecu.edu/grpi/

About Birches Health
Birches Health is a leading national clinical provider of specialized treatment for gambling disorder covered by insurance and state funding. Birches Health’s mission is to provide convenient, comprehensive care and resources to individuals facing challenges related to problem gambling and other behavioral addictions. For more information, visit www.bircheshealth.com