On-Site Psychiatric Services in an OTP Setting: Why and How?

  • Linda Hurley, LCDCS, CODAC, Inc., Providence, RI
  • Laura Levine, CAGS, CODAC, Inc., Providence, RI

Having mental health counselors and a psychiatrist on staff allows Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) to better coordinate care for co-occurring patients. Presenters will describe how CODAC has trained clinicians to screen for mental health disorders during intake, address co-occurring issues, and refer patients into mental health treatment. The presentation also discusses why CODAC decided to integrate mental health services into patient care and how they developed a comprehensive, sustainable program. The presenters will offer case studies and discuss the philosophy of prescribing. Data supporting CODAC’s approach will demonstrate increased compliance and show rates and, most importantly, positive patient outcomes.

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