From The Desk of:
Elisabeth Kunkel, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute

  • Revolutionizing Opioid Addiction Management with Medication-Assisted Treatment

    PPI is helping to revolutionize management and treatment for patients who have opioid use disorders through its new Advancement in Recovery (AIR) Program / Opioid Treatment Program. The program recognizes medication-assisted treatment as the gold standard of care and provides a way to fast-track people who have an opioid use disorder into treatment. In addition, PPI is one of four Pennsylvania providers that has received a $1 million PA State grant to establish an innovative “hub-and-spoke” model of care to improve access to treatment for patients who have opioid use disorders and for providers who provide services to these patients.

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  • First 100 Days: Leading the Region with Excellent Behavioral Healthcare

    At the end of March 2017, I became Chief Medical Officer for the Pennsylvania Psychiatric institute (PPI), a joint partnership between Penn State Health, the Department of Psychiatry at Penn State University College of Medicine and UPMC Pinnacle.  After spending 28 years at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where I served as Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs 2002-2017, I saw an opportunity to help PPI grow in its clinical services and partnerships to improve access to care and meet the behavioral health care needs of Central Pennsylvania with evidence-based, targeted programming.

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