Opioid Treatment Programs – Let a CARF expert explain how they work and how they are helping America’s communitiesFebruary 11, 20191 min read
Opioid addiction is gripping America. It’s destroying lives, tearing apart families and devouring resources in policing and healthcare.
As medical, mental health and addictions professionals look for solutions, often times accessible and public Opioid Treatment Programs, often known as a Methadone Clinic will open in communities.
These clinics bring relief, treatment and support – but they also bring crowds, increased traffic and concern from local residents and the community. These concerns usually find their way to the media, where the attention can quickly turn negative.
The solution to avoiding this scrutiny and making sure residents, business owners and community leaders are fully informed about the process, operation and security measures at these clinics are key to their success and integration.
Questions such as:
- How was the site selected?
- How do you plan to control traffic flow and overcrowding?
- How will you manage parking and wait times?
- What are your measures to prevent diversion?
- Who can I speak to if I have questions or concerns about operations?
CARF can speak to best practices, expectations, and requirements for when an opioid treatment program opens.
Debbi Witham, Managing Director of Public Policy and is an expert in opioid treatment programs. Debbi is available to speak with media regarding this issue – simply click on her icon to arrange an interview.
Deborah (Debbi) Witham Managing Director of Public Policy
Deborah A. Witham, M.S.W., J.D., leads CARF’s ongoing assessment of and response to developments in public policy.