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Treatment center partners with Lake View Hospital
Photo: Julie Seitz
The Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment (CADT) has expanded to a new location in Two Harbors, opening its doors on Aug. Based out of Lake View Memorial Hospital, a unit of St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, CADT operates as a tenant offering outpatient treatment services for substance abuse and chemical dependency. This new outpatient treatment is aimed at helping people recover from alcohol and drug abuse while maintaining their community obligations.
Based in Duluth since 1961, the Two Harbors expansion breaks new ground for the non-profit group. Picking up where Lake View’s own program left off last winter, CADT is offering a wider range of services and more staff than previously available. Lake View’s treatment program employed only one practitioner, and when that person retired, hospital officials had to reconsider their options. It was decided CADT could meet the area’s substance abuse recovery needs most efficiently and effectively.
Lake View President and CEO Jo Ann Hoag believes the arrangement is working out very well, both for the hospital and the community.
“They have more staff and resources than what we were able to offer,” said Hoag, adding that utilizing the space at the hospital for substance abuse treatment services was a natural solution for the region. “We had the space available with a private entrance for confidentiality, and the convenience of transportation to a central location.”
The start-up has gone smoothly, with referrals coming in from outside agencies, county probation offices, and human services, said Julie Seitz, clinical director for CADT. Licensed as a Rule 31 Chemical Dependency treatment facility, Seitz said CADT was approached by St. Luke’s because of its experience and expertise with this type of licensing. Assured that a great working relationship has already been established with Lake View hospital, Seitz said CADT is a good fit for working with the hospital because of its long history in the field strength at integrating services into a community.
That clinical and business strength has evolved, Seitz said, out of the historical evolution of treatment philosophy in general. The center’s treatment philosophy is based on the feedback-informed treatment model that relies on direct response from clients. This approach allows them to form collaborative efforts with clients, referral agencies, and communities, giving everyone involved a real stake in a successful outcome.
The Two Harbors program offers outpatient treatment, differentiating it from intensive outpatient treatment because of its slightly stepped-down intervention approach. Outpatient substance abuse and addiction programming in Two Harbors is intended to allow clients to keep their commitments at work and with family while receiving support and help with chemical dependency.
Independent substance abuse assessments, individual counseling and twice-a-week group therapy comprise the primary services being offered at the Lake View site. A counselor will be available to meet with clients into late evening hours three days a week, giving greater flexibility in scheduling for people working daytime hours.
Assessment services for substance abuse and addiction will not necessarily lead to more new CADT clients.
“This is not an automatic self-feeding program,” stressed Seitz. “We will refer patients to where their needs will be met, and where they want to go” to receive help.
Relying on word of mouth for referral and growth has worked well for CADT, and funding streams for client services will come from reliable sources – private funds, consolidated chemical dependency treatment funding, federal and state funds, and commercial and Minnesota insurance plans.
“Our business plan for Two Harbors is simple: That there is a community need is apparent, and where there is a need (for chemical dependency recovery) we try to make it work,” Seitz said.Previous BusinessNorth Exclusives Articles:
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