Opening a “Community Door”: South Shore Health transitions behavioral health and SUD services to a new, spacious location

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In an effort to treat and expand services to patients faced with behavioral health and substance use disorder (SUD) challenges, two programs within the Grayken Center for Treatment at South Shore Health will transition to a new, spacious location outside of South Shore Hospital.

Located at 797 Main Street, in Weymouth, Mass. the Grayken Center’s bridge program and perinatal behavioral health program will continue to help put patients on the path to long-term recovery.

“So many people are touched by substance use disorders and behavioral health challenges, and too few receive the care they deserve,” said Todd Kerensky, MD, Director of Addiction Medicine Services at South Shore Health.

“The programs offered in this new location will help patients and families faced with these challenges, allow us to expand our services, and ensure that treatment is accessible to anyone who needs it.”

Established in October 2019 and driven by a magnanimous $10 million gift – presented by John and Eilene Grayken of Cohasset - the Grayken Center for Treatment at South Shore Health has positively impacted thousands of lives.

An integrative collection of SUD and behavioral health services, it includes an outpatient bridge program which serves as a “community door” for people 18 years of age and older who want to start treatment for substance use disorder.

Currently located within South Shore Hospital, the bridge program has completed more than 3,900 appointments and treated more than 600 patients.

Additionally, the perinatal behavioral health program and its sub-program known as SHORE (Supporting: Hope, Opportunity, Resilience, Empowerment), provides critical behavioral health and SUD treatment for women who are pregnant or are post-partum. There is a tremendous need for services within this population and to date, the perinatal behavioral health program has had over 600 new patient intakes and over 3,700 follow up appointments. 

The demand for SUD and behavioral health services and programs is ever-increasing. As a result, the bridge and perinatal behavioral health programs have outgrown their existing space within South Shore Hospital.

The new facility, located across the street from South Shore Hospital and an MBTA bus stop, offers the following:

  • Twelve provider, consult and intake offices
  • Four exam rooms
  • Two multipurpose conference rooms
  • Reception area
  • On-site parking, which is a significant benefit for pregnant women and mothers with strollers and young children

In addition to the programs and services offered at 797 Main Street, The Grayken Center funds have supported the creation of an Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) program at South Shore Medical Center, which houses primary and specialty care providers. The OBAT program has completed more than 600 patient visits and allows people to receive all of their primary, specialty and SUD care at one location.

Furthermore, The Grayken Center continues to support South Shore Health as it integrates behavioral health clinicians in its ambulatory sites; establishes rapid care treatment for people with SUD; and implements its Mobile Integrated Health program which includes South Shore Hospital Emergency Department and Emergency Medical Services working alongside local police and fire agencies. Finally, the Grayken Center encourages South Shore Health’s collaboration with Aspire Health Alliance as well as its strong relationship with the Office Based Addiction Treatment program at Boston Medical Center. 

A group of South Shore Health leaders cuts the ribbon on 797 Main Street
Christine Just, RN, MSN, CNM, Executive Director, Behavioral Health, South Shore Health; Timothy Quigley, DNP, MBA, RN, Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, South Shore Health; Julie Paul, DNP, CNM, PMHNP-BC, Director, Perinatal Behavioral Health Program, South Shore Health; Todd Kerensky, MD, Director, Addiction Medicine Services, South Shore Health; Antony Sheehan, President and CEO, Aspire Health Alliance; and Allen L. Smith, MD, MS, President and CEO, South Shore Health.