CODAC Behavioral Healthcare – An Overview
Founded in 1971, CODAC Behavioral Healthcare is Rhode Island’s oldest and largest non-profit, outpatient provider of treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).
With seven community-based locations, as well as programming at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RI DOC), CODAC is well-positioned to deliver services wherever they are needed across the state.
For more than 45 years, CODAC has worked with individuals, families and communities in RI to provide comprehensive outpatient and community-based resources to those living and struggling with the challenges of substance use disorder and behavioral healthcare issues. CODAC programs are designed to promote and support recovery, and to help participants acquire the skills necessary to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
In 2013, CODAC became the first Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) in the United States to be officially recognized as a CMS Health Home. In 2016, all CODAC locations were named the first Centers of Excellence (COEs) for opioid treatment in Rhode Island, a designation awarded by the Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to providers that meet or exceed performance and service standards.
CODAC has been a leader in implementing programming which reﬂects emergent needs in opioid treatment and recovery, and integrates evidence-based and best practice standards into service delivery. As part of our commitment to providing whole person care, CODAC has added onsite psychiatric and mental health services, trauma-informed care, specialized counseling groups for specific patient populations (e.g., pregnant/postpartum women, individuals involved with the criminal justice system, and patients coping with PTSD). Our wellness programs include tobacco cessation, nutrition, yoga, and expressive arts.
In 2017, CODAC introduced an exciting new initiative under our Center of Excellence program. Pain Solutions offers alternative and complementary therapies including acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and biofeedback, which are utilized concurrently with Medication Assisted Treatment, to help manage chronic pain.
CODAC’s programming is sensitive to shifting national and local trends. In response to the opioid overdose crisis, we have introduced Narcan overdose prevention education and direct access to Narcan kits for patients, families and the community. A recently launched fentanyl education program has provided important resources to inform patients and the community about this developing and devastating trend.
CODAC clinicians receive intensive training in specialized areas (e.g., trauma and PTSD, methadone and pregnancy), enabling CODAC to provide targeted support for patients with specific needs. In addition to individual counseling, CODAC offers an array of group counseling programs, including life skills, relapse prevention, early recovery; wellness; and overdose prevention.
Because loved ones are often uncertain about how to provide that support. CODAC offers education and other resources for families and close friends, helping them understand the process of recovery from opioid addiction and offering information on ways they can help. These resources are available throughout the treatment/recovery continuum, for as long as patients and their families need them.
CODAC’s approach to treatment and recovery emphasizes provision of care that acknowledges “whole person” health and wellness. This often means the coordination of care with patients’ primary care or other specialty providers, for or referrals for needs that have not yet been addressed.
Collectively, CODAC’s staff of more than 160 skilled clinical, medical and administrative professionals serve more than 2600 patients at any given point in time. Using Motivational Interviewing (MI) and other best practice disciplines to provide the most current, competent and compassionate care–becoming partners in achieving goals in treatment and recovery.
CODAC’s ongoing accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF. includes specialized accreditations for MAT, General Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient, Adolescent and Family services, and Criminal Justice referrals. CODAC is proud to have received special commendations from CARF for maintaining the highest standards of care and for national leadership in tobacco cessation. A long history of strong community partnerships, provider collaborations, and agency affiliations has allowed CODAC to establish a seamless support system of wraparound services for our patients. We work closely with state and federal institutions to coordinate opioid treatment policy. Our Health Home and COE initiatives depend on developing and maintaining strong working relationships with community-based practitioners for bi-directional referral and coordinated transition of care. CODAC’s medical, clinical and counseling staff are available to provide training, education and consultation to other providers in the community.
CODAC services include:
- Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder, utilizing all three FDA approved medications
- Expedited access to care, with initiation of the assessment/treatment process within 24 hours of first contact
- Psychiatric services, offering both on-site psychological and mental health evaluation and treatment, as well as assessment for outside referral
- Counseling and education for partners and family members affected by the substance use of someone they love
- Pain management programs and alternative approaches to treating pain
- Overdose prevention education and access to Naloxone
- Peer recovery support programs, including Peer Support Specialist training opportunities for individuals already in recovery
- Tobacco cessation treatment and training services provided by ATTUD-certified, master level Tobacco Treatment Specialists
- Programs for gambling disorder
- Rapid Hepatitis C testing, with, on-site treatment available
- Off-site services in nursing homes and in residential care facilities
- Special services for pregnant women and new mothers
- Counseling for DUI and other criminal justice referrals, including: Probation and Parole; Drug Court, Juvenile and Family Court referrals
- Evaluations and treatment required for Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF-involved families)
- Treatment/reentry services, and recovery support for Department of Corrections referrals
- Assessment, medication assisted treatment—utilizing all three FDA approved medications for the treatment of opioid addiction—and detoxification services for incarcerated individuals at the ACI
- Access to enhanced care utilizing wellness-based or promising models: acupuncture, therapeutic journaling, yoga
CODAC accepts Medicaid and Ritecare, as well as most forms of commercial insurance including: United Healthcare, Neighborhood Health Plans, Tufts and Blue Cross.