Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services Launches a New Addiction Medicine Training Program

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Pine Grove launches a new Addiction Medicine Training program in partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Chaz Richardson, MD

Chaz Richardson, MD

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, one of the nation’s most comprehensive treatment campuses is partnering with the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Psychiatry Program, to provide the department’s fourth year residents with Addiction Medicine training.

The program launched in September of 2016 and the month long training rotation gives residents the opportunity to enhance their ability to assess and treat patients with addictions. Dr. Chaz Richardson of Hattiesburg, who is familiar with Pine Grove’s reputation as a leader in the behavioral health care and addiction field, is the first of six residents to participate in the partnership this year. He said, “I plan to take in as much as possible.” After completing his residency training, Dr. Richardson wants to practice in Mississippi where there is a disparity between the numbers of practicing Psychiatrists compared to the patient population in need of mental health care. It’s a sentiment echoed by Debbie Sanford, Forrest General Hospital’s Chief Behavioral Health & Addiction Services Officer. Sanford said, “Pine Grove recognizes that within Mississippi and nationally there is a severe shortage of Psychiatrists, and we are committed to provide addiction medicine training to prepare the next generation of Psychiatrists and help close this gap, while ensuring patients receive the highest quality behavioral health care.”

During their Pine Grove rotation, residents will receive training at the organization’s Next Step program, which treats men with chemical addictions; the Women’s Center, where women with substance use issues and co-occurring eating disorders are treated; Legacy, one of a few programs nationally that treats adults age 55 plus with chemical dependency, and Pine Grove’s Family Program. The Family Program is part of the treatment curriculum for patients receiving residential care at Pine Grove. Additionally, the program includes a rotation with Pine Grove’s Intensive Outpatient Program for adults with drug and alcohol issues, along with the Professional Enhancement Program for individuals with behavioral problems, interpersonal difficulties and addiction disorders.

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services is an extension of Forrest General Hospital, located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Pine Grove’s world renowned programs treat gender specific chemical addiction including a specialized track for co-occurring eating disorders. Additionally, Pine Grove offers a substance abuse healing program for adults age 55 and over. Other Pine Grove specialty programs include a dedicated professional’s treatment curriculum and a comprehensive evaluation center. Pine Grove also features a gender focused program for patients with sexual addiction. Inpatient Services including an Adult Psychiatric Unit, along with a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, and Outpatient Services are other components. Pine Grove was established in 1984 and has provided nationally and internationally recognized health care for over 30 years.

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