CODAC North Main
528 North Main St. Providence, RI 02904
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In 2014, the CEOs of CODAC Behavioral Healthcare and The Providence Center (TPC), a community mental health center, started a conversation about co-locating a CODAC opioid treatment program (OTP) on the premises of TPC’s building on North Main Street, Providence. CODAC Providence, on Huntington Avenue, and TPC had long shared referrals, CODAC providing services for TPC mental health patients, and TPC treating CODAC patients in need of mental health services. However, for this population, receiving treatment and recovery support at multiple locations can be a challenge. The referral process, as well as care coordination, continuity, and follow-up can be complicated by the need to schedule appointments at two sites, perhaps miss work hours to keep that appointment, and then have to arrange transportation to and from the referral site, can be daunting, and often not viable, for many behavioral health patients. The discussions focused on eliminating these barriers to treatment by embedding a CODAC OTP within the TPC facility on North Main St., making referral services no more than a flight of stairs or an elevator ride away.
Two years later, in August, 2016, CODAC North Main opened its doors and became CODAC’s sixth facility in Rhode Island (the second in Providence). A history of prior collaboration and inter-organizational respect between the participating agencies resulted in, what is believed to be, a first-in-the-nation OTP-Mental Health center co-location. This partnership enables both CODAC and TPC to expand access and provide enhanced treatment and recovery services to co-occurring patients. With regard to the disproportionately high percentage of mental health patients with a substance use disorder, CODAC and TPC’s hope is that this small step will become a model in engagement and retention of co-occurring patients.
In September, 2016, all six CODAC sites, including the new facility at North Main St., were named the first Centers of Excellence (CEOs) for opioid treatment in RI. As a designated COE, CODAC North Main meets or exceeds the highest standards of care (as determined by RI State agencies) for opioid treatment, provides expedited and expanded access to care and offers at least two of the three FDA-approved medications for opioid treatment (methadone, buprenorphine (SuboxoneTM, SubutexTM) and oral and depot naltrexone (VivitrolTM). CODAC is currently the only treatment provider in RI authorized to dispense all three.
In addition to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), CODAC North Main offers a wide array of services, recovery support programs and case management, including treatment for other forms of substance use disorder (General Outpatient), an Intensified Treatment Program (IOP), tobacco cessation, and problem gambling services.
CODAC clinicians receive specialized training in areas such as nutrition and addiction, trauma and PTSD, developmental disabilities, enabling CODAC to provide targeted support for patients with specific needs. In addition to individual counseling, North Main offers an array of group counseling options, including life skills; relapse prevention; early recovery; substance use disorder awareness; conflict resolution; wellness; and overdose prevention. In response to the ongoing opioid overdose crisis, CODAC North Main (as well as all other CODAC sites) has implemented an overdose education program and makes Narcan kits available to patients, family and friends.
Office and billing staff at CODAC North Main Street are trained to help individuals evaluate their personal insurance needs and to assist in identifying and accessing the most effective and the most efficient path through the system. Finding the right plan allows patients to begin their assessment, treatment and recovery process as soon as possible. CODAC Providence’s culturally diverse clinical and nursing staff includes Spanish speaking bilingual individuals; translation services are available for other languages. CODAC accepts Medicaid and Ritecare, as well as most forms of commercial insurance including: United Healthcare, Neighborhood Health Plans, Tufts and Blue Cross.
CODAC is committed to idea that addiction is a family disease—affecting everyone who cares about or is closely involved with the individual experiencing substance use disorder. 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 services with patients’ primary care or specialty providers. CODAC’s administrative, medical and clinical staff, as well as our Health Home teams, communicate directly with these providers or make referrals for treatment to address specific health needs that have not yet been addressed. Developing and maintaining working relationships with community-based practitioners for bi-directional referral and coordinated transition of care is also part of the foundation of the COE model.
CODAC is proud of its long, successful history of collaboration with state agencies and community-based providers, the criminal justice system, and state and local law enforcement. The Providence Police Department is an important and proactive partner in our efforts to help those who need it receive treatment for the chronic disease of addiction. CODAC values the many opportunities these relationships present to improve outcomes for people struggling with substance abuse and other addictive behaviors. CODAC North Main represents the next level of patient-centered, wraparound care, as two independent providers come together to reduce barriers to treatment and recovery.