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Downeast Treatment Center Will Open April 16 in Ellsworth

AMHC is pleased to announce the opening of the Downeast Treatment Center, a collaborative service based in Ellsworth that will provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders. The Downeast Treatment Center is ready to take referrals immediately through the AMHC Access Center: 1-800-244-6431. We will begin seeing patients on Monday, April 16, 2018, at 406 State Street, Suite 2, Ellsworth.

The Downeast Treatment Center (DTC) is part of a broader “Hub and Spoke” model of care developed by the Downeast Substance Treatment Network partners. The DTC serves as the “Hub,” providing intensive MAT services during the induction and stabilization phases of treatment. Clients typically begin treatment at the “Hub” by attending three group sessions per week and receiving a two or three-day prescription for Suboxone. As recovery progresses, the medication and group sessions transition to a weekly and then a monthly occurrence.

When the treatment team determines that an individual is stabilized, the patient will graduate from the “Hub” to a “Spoke,” consisting of a primary care provider and a substance use counselor of the client’s choice. The primary care provider will continue treatment and administration of medication, and the counselor will provide therapy services as part of the continued MAT protocol.

As recovery continues to progress, the patient will be supported in gradually tapering off of the medications. Conversely, if the patient needs a higher level of care than the “Spoke” primary care provider can give, then the client can return to the “Hub” for MAT services. 

The Downeast Substance Treatment Network has been working closely with the local primary care community to develop and support a robust network of primary care providers who are willing to accept patients referred from the “Hub” once stabilized.

Referrals to the DTC are welcome from all area healthcare providers, as are self-referrals. Treatment is open to all individuals in need, including those who are uninsured or underinsured. 

No medications or drugs will be kept on site.

Partners in the Downeast Substance Treatment Network include Healthy Acadia, Aroostook Mental Health Center, MDI Hospital, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, along with Bucksport Regional Health Center, Washington and Hancock county medical and substance treatment providers, and others who will serve as part of the system of “Spokes.” Additional partners who have made this collaboration possible include Health Equity Alliance, Opiate Free Island Partnership, recovery community representatives, local law enforcement, state and federal representatives, drug court, and others.