New outpatient addiction services are coming to residents in Cumberland and Gloucester counties as CompleteCare Health Network expands its program reach.
The Fresh Start program, an outpatient service for people addicted to opioids, will be offered at CompleteCare locations in Millville and Glassboro and offer outpatient medication-assisted treatment and meetings with a team of medical experts.
The program started in Cape May County in 2017, and J. Curtis Edwards, president and CEO of CompleteCare, said they have been pleased with the results for the past year.
“We have been fortunate to help a lot of individuals struggling with addiction, and we knew that as soon as we had the resources to expand to new areas, we would,” Curtis said in a statement.
Program services will be located at CompleteCare Medical and Dental Professional in Millville and CompleteCare Medical Professionals in Glassboro starting this month. Services will continue at CompleteCare’s location in Cape May Court House.
Patients interested in joining the treatment program first must go through an initial intake process where they are asked to sign on to participate in medication management meetings as well as primary care visits and visits with a licensed clinical social worker to manage mental health care needs, officials said.
“Aside from the obvious benefit of helping our patients detox from their dependence on opioids, Fresh Start was designed to help them manage their overall health as well,” Dr. Azizeh J. Salloum, chief medical officer of the health network, said in a statement.
“We want them to start to feel healthier immediately, so we are working with them on their mental health and also to control ailments like high blood pressure, diabetes and other things,” he said.
Participating patients are required to take a urine test before starting the program and random drug tests throughout the process to make sure they are following treatment.
Medicare and Medicaid coverage plans will be accepted.
The first phase of the Fresh Start program is a four-month medication management plan, which includes buprenorphine, or Suboxone. In the beginning, patients will meet with their provider and social worker weekly.
Phases two and three of the program involve scaling back to monthly meetings for medication management with regular social work meetings.
People interested in the Fresh Start program should visit CompleteCareNJ.org or call 856-451-4700.