CODAC South County
350 Columbia St, Wakefield, RI 02879
More About CODAC South County
CODAC South County began providing treatment services in 1999, in response to a request from the Juvenile Probation and local law enforcement. In 2005, CODAC South County relocated to its current facility on Columbia St. in Wakefield. Programs include medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (SUD), intensified treatment programs, general outpatient treatment for alcohol and other substance use, behavioral healthcare services, tobacco cessation programs, and services for gambling addiction.
CODAC South County, along with all other CODAC locations, has been 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, and offer at least two of the three FDA approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder (methadone, buprenorphine (SuboxoneTM, SubutexTM) and oral and depot naltrexone (VivitrolTM). CODAC is currently the only provider in RI authorized to dispense all three of these medications.
In addition to individual counseling, CODAC South County offers a rich and comprehensive selection of group counseling opportunities, including groups for pre- and post-partum women; early recovery patients; co-occurring patients; DUI referrals; tobacco cessation and problem gambling patients; anger management referrals; and groups for adolescents. Offerings change over time to reflect shifting patient needs and interests.
Clinicians at CODAC South County receive specialized training to develop expertise in issues that may complicate recovery—e.g., mental health/co-occurring disorders, PTSD and trauma, developmental disabilities, pregnancy, health challenges across the lifespan—which gives CODAC the ability to provide targeted support for patients with specific needs. A whole person approach to care includes access to acupuncture (a promising evidence based program for substance use disorder), yoga, expressive arts and nutrition. In response to the ongoing opioid overdose crisis, all CODAC sites provide Naloxone education and make Naloxone kits available to patients and, ideally, their family and friends.
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 care 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.
The CODAC South County Health Home team, along with office and billing staff, 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 accepts Medicaid and Ritecare, as well as most forms of commercial insurance including: United Healthcare, Neighborhood Health Plans, Tufts and Blue Cross.
CODAC South County is proud of its long, successful history of collaboration with state agencies and community-based providers, including Department of Children, Youth and Family (DCYF), Drug Court, Probation, and local law enforcement. All CODAC sites have a long, successful history of collaboration with the RI Department of Corrections, providing assessment and services for incarcerated men and women, as well as re-entry programs, treatment and recovery support for those being released from the Adult Corrections Institute. We frequently partner with Gateway Health Center, Galilee Mission to Fishermen, Thundermist Health Center, local community prevention coalitions, and many others to create a comprehensive network of treatment and recovery services in the community. CODAC values the many opportunities these relationships present to enhance opportunities and improve outcomes for people struggling with substance use disorder and other addictive behaviors.
CODAC is proud of the high regard in which our professional staff is held by colleagues and other community stake-holders and of the strong collaborative relationships they have established with the criminal justice system, including Department of Children, Youth and Family, (DCYF), Drug Courts and the Probation Department, and local law enforcement. CODAC Behavioral Healthcare has worked closely with the RI Department of Corrections (DOC) from the time it was established.
CODAC South County has become an important part of the community’s health and safety infrastructure, sitting on councils, boards and task forces and participating in community events. With strong roots in the community, CODAC South County helps ensure that there is an infrastructure in place to support our patients and their families throughout recovery.