Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long joined members of Delaware’s Behavioral Health Consortium and members of the Pew Charitable Trusts on July 24 to announce a partnership that will work to reshape Delaware’s behavioral health treatment system for those with addiction and mental illness.

Delaware is one of two states that will partner with Pew to assess the treatment system, work to close the gaps and create a more unified statewide continuum of care for those in need.

“We are dealing with one of the most severe public health epidemics in generations.” said Hall-Long. “We need an all hands on deck approach to fight back and save lives. This partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts will allow Delaware to leverage critical resources and experience to develop a treatment system that works for all Delawareans.”

Pew will work with the Behavioral Health Consortium, chaired by Hall-Long, in coordination with state agency leaders, elected officials and key stakeholders to identify gaps across the treatment system and develop strategic solutions and policies to tackle the opioid epidemic.

“Opioid use disorder is a public health crisis and a complex brain disease, but it can be managed effectively with evidence-based treatment,” said Pew’s Senior Director of Health Programs Allan Coukell. “Pew looks forward to partnering with Delaware’s Behavioral Health Consortium, under the leadership of Lt. Gov. Hall-Long, and the Delaware General Assembly to address opioid use disorder in the state and help get more Delaware residents the treatment they need.”