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An addiction support group is partnering with a Florida treatment center to open a new opioid detox and treatment facility in Maumee — one of three potentially new detox centers in Lucas County.
Team Recovery will work with Hollywood, Fla.,-based Recovery in the Light to open the center at Arrowhead Park. Using the business names Midwest Detox Center and Midwest Recovery Center, the new facility will have 22 beds for detox and 38 for treatment and recovery for those addicted to opiates, said Matt Bell, co-founder of Team Recovery. It will have medical directors, clinical directors, a 24-hour nursing staff, psychiatrists, and counselors. About 75 percent of staff will be in recovery themselves, as is Mr. Bell.
“They were able to walk out the other end, so they can relate to the client and the clients will be better able to relate to them,” he said.
During detox, patients will receive Suboxone, a drug that eases withdrawal symptoms. But after detox, patients will not be given drugs such as methadone, because those are also addictive.
“It does not make sense to us to use one drug to get you off another,” Mr. Bell said.
Sixteen detox beds are at the Zepf Center and 37 beds at the Arrowhead Behavioral Health facility, said Scott Syak, executive director of the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County. Unison Behavioral Health Group announced in December plans to open a 16-bed facility on Cherry Street, and the Lima Urban Minority Drug and Outreach Program has plans to open a 16-bed facility in the Spencer-Sharples area.
There’s a history of people in recovery starting treatment programs and facilities, Mr. Syak said. “The alcohol and drug field in particular is rooted in people in recovery that have went on and got licensed,” he said. “There’s a natural progression.”
The Team Recovery facility will need to be licensed by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. A department spokesman said no permit has been requested yet for the facility, though Mr. Bell said Recovery in the Light will soon begin that process.
The Medicaid institutions for mental diseases exclusion prohibits facilities such as the Team Recovery one from using Medicaid funding if the facility has more than 16 beds.
But Midwest won’t turn away patients on Medicaid or without insurance, Mr. Bell said. Instead, about 15 percent of beds will be dedicated for those patients, who will be admitted free of charge.
“If someone comes in we are going to get them in here or somewhere else, wherever we can get them into,” he said.
To complete the treatment program successfully at the Team Recovery facility, patients would stay 90 to 120 days. Mr. Bell expects the facility to open in the spring.
Written by Nolan Rosenkrans
Original article in The Toledo Blade