Amy Becher, , MS, MSW, CNP, APRNThe Ohio State University DNP
Ms. Becher has a natural passion and devotion to working with individuals from underserved populations. She works as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Southeast Healthcare, a Federally Qualified Health Center, providing integrated primary care services to individuals from our most vulnerable communities who struggle with severe mental illness, homelessness, and addiction. She is a preferred referral source through specialty dockets including CATCH Court for human trafficking victims, addiction treatment centers, trauma providers, homeless shelters, transitional program providers, and Franklin County Jail programs. In addition to comprehensive medical care, Ms. Becher provides Medication Assisted Treatment services with Vivitrol and buprenorphine to patients with opioid use disorder. Through collaborative partnerships in the community to reach individuals struggling with addiction, Ms. Becher developed the two opioid overdose response programs in Franklin County. In 2015, she partnered with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to form the Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education (HOPE) Task Force. This program provides outreach services to individuals post-opioid overdose to engage and link them to services, as detectives investigate fatal and non-fatal overdoses. In 2016, Ms. Becher expanded this effort to a second overdose response program, the Rapid Response Emergency Addiction Crisis Team (RREACT). This program is another collaborative model providing immediate outreach response to Emergency Departments and EMS dispatch for opioid overdose and addiction crisis situations. Ms. Becher continues her mission to serve these populations as she is working towards dual certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from The Ohio State University.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Scholar – Chronic Health
Dissertation: My anticipated Capstone title is “An Integrated Primary Care Approach to Treat Opioid Use Disorder,” which will focus on providing trauma-informed integrated care to address dual diagnosis and chronic medical conditions in patients with opioid use disorder.