1052 Park Ave, Cranston, RI 02910
More About CODAC Cranston
CODAC Cranston began its life in 1971 as a telephone hotline for drug and alcohol information, and soon become the city’s coordinator of drug and alcohol services. Recognizing service gaps in Cranston and the state, by 1973 CODAC began to provide general outpatient, IOP and day treatment services for the city of Cranston. That same year, CODAC, in collaboration with Cranston General Hospital, inaugurated Rhode Island’s first outpatient opioid detoxification program.
During its first decades, CODAC Cranston offered and hosted hundreds of public speaking events, trainings and seminars, including substance use prevention and education, programs to schools, parents, service organizations and the community, as well as training and practicum opportunities for graduate and post-graduate students from the University of Rhode Island psychology program. CODAC’s commitment to providing education, training and experiential opportunities to state universities and colleges, health care providers, and other community stakeholders remains central to our mission.
In 1985, after more than a decade of collaboration with the RI Board of Education and the Cranston School Department, CODAC introduced Rhode Island’s first Student Assistance Program at Cranston High School West. This evidence-based, model program was subsequently replicated in schools throughout the state.
Over more than 45 years, CODAC Cranston has witnessed the evolution and growth of an organization that is now Rhode Island’s oldest and largest nonprofit provider of opioid treatment services. CODAC Cranston has continued to provide general outpatient, services for individuals referred by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections and the Department of Children, Youth and Family (DCYF), as well as Intensified Treatment Options (IOPs) for patients requiring more frequent counseling and other supports. A Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program using buprenorphine was implemented at the beginning of 2011. The MAT program was expanded in 2016 to include all three FDA medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder: methadone, buprenorphine (e.g., SuboxoneTM, SubutexTM), oral naltrexone and depot naltrexone (VivitrolTM).
In 2016, CODAC Cranston, along with CODAC’s six other locations, was awarded the designation of Center of Excellence (COE) for the treatment of opioid use disorder. As a designated COE, they have met or exceeded the highest standards of care (as determined by RI state agencies), are able to provide expedited access to treatment (within 24 hours of first contact), and offer at least two of the three FDA approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder. CODAC sites are currently the only providers in RI authorized to dispense all three. Essential to the COE model is developing and maintaining a working relationship with community-based practitioners for bi-directional referral and coordinated transition of care.
In addition to individual counseling, CODAC Cranston offers comprehensive group counseling options, including DUI groups, anger management groups, a life skills group, groups addressing relapse prevention, early recovery, and substance use disorder awareness. Offerings change from time to time to reflect shifting patient needs and interests. Clinical groups focusing on nutrition and addiction, combat-related PTSD, developmental disabilities, pregnancy and addiction, to name a few—give CODAC the ability to provide targeted support for patients with specific needs. In response to the ongoing opioid overdose crisis, CODAC Cranston, along with CODAC’s other sites, has implemented a naloxone education program and makes NarcanTM kits available to patients, families and friends.
CODAC Cranston has participated in the provision of on-site substance abuse services at the Department of Corrections and the Adult Correctional Institutions since the late 1970s. CODAC currently provides an expanded MAT program at the ACI, as well as pre-release services designed to help ease the process of re-entry by anticipating needs and challenges, and by creating a reentry plan that identifies wraparound services to support recovery post-incarceration.
CODAC is committed to idea that substance use disorder (SUD) is a family disease—affecting everyone who cares about or is closely involved with the individual experiencing substance dependence. CODAC further believes that the support of family and friends are critical elements in successful long-term recovery. However, loved ones are often uncertain about how to provide that support. CODAC offers education and support programs for families and close friends, helping them understand some of the things to expect and why these things may be happening. More importantly, we are able to provide resources to help loved ones through the recovery process. These programs are available to patients and their families along the recovery continuum, for as long as they 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 specialty providers. CODAC Newport’s administrative, medical and clinical staff, as well as our Health Home teams serving Medicaid patients, communicate directly with these providers, or make referrals for treatment to address specific health needs that have not yet been addressed.
CODAC Cranston’s office and billing staff, are trained to assist in identifying and accessing the insurance opportunity that is the best match for each patient. CODAC is able to expedite the process of navigating the complex insurance system so that patients may begin the treatment and recovery process as soon as possible. CODAC accepts Medicaid and Ritecare, as well as most forms of commercial insurance including: United Healthcare, Neighborhood Health Plans, Tufts and Blue Cross.
CODAC has a long history of collaboration with state and municipal institutions, as well as other community based providers. CODAC Cranston has worked with the RI Department of Corrections for more than 40 years, providing assessment and services for incarcerated men and women, re-entry programs, and treatment and recovery support for those being released from incarceration. A frequent referral site for court-mandated general outpatient (GO) programs, CODAC Cranston works closely with the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), and Drug Court and Probation to coordinate services. CODAC Cranston also partners with other community stakeholders to create a solid infrastructure for long term recovery.