On March 4, 2019, WVU Medicine launched its new facility the WVU Medicine Center for Hope and Healing, a medically managed withdrawal stabilization and residential treatment center for individuals affected by substance use disorders (SUD).
WVU Medicine and the WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry already offer a comprehensive menu of outpatient services for people with SUD, and the addition of withdrawal management and 28-day rehabilitation completes the in-house continuum of care for these disorders. The Center is a 29,305 square-foot addiction treatment facility that offers 12 beds for subacute medically managed withdrawal residential care and 30 beds for residential care up to 28 days.
Ascension Recovery Services was honored to work with WVU Medicine, WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry to help develop this program.Read on to learn more about the residential treatment center, and how Ascension helped.
WVU MEDICINE CENTER FOR HOPE AND HEALING
WVU Medicine and the WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry already offer robust SUD outpatient treatment services. With the addition of the Center for Hope and Healing, West Virginians will have access to the full continuum of care in our region.
Services that the Center provides include:
- Trauma-informed Care
- Mindfulness-based practices
- Family therapy/support services
- Residential treatment
- Individual treatment plans
- Group therapy
- Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
- And, specialized programming for recent overdose survivors and pregnant women
To learn more about the Center, click here.
HOW DID ASCENSION RECOVERY SERVICES HELP?
Douglas M. Leech, CEO and founder of Ascension, has had a long-standing relationship with WVU Medicine beginning when he was in college and began to struggle with depression. Doug’s dad, Douglas J. Leech, had a long-time relationship with then Chair of WVU’s Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, Dr. Jim Stevenson, who assisted Doug and his family coordinate care through the years. Eventually, Doug’s dad and Jim Stevenson selected Hazelden in Center City, Minnesota when Doug needed treatment for his addiction. While in long-term recovery, WVU Medicine’s Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry began to support Doug with his development of his own sober living home, Morgantown Sober Living dba West Virginia Sober Living (WVSL). WVU Medicine had always been there for Doug and his family when they needed help, so it was quite an honor to be able to assist with the development of this new first-class treatment center in Morgantown, West Virginia.
WVU Medicine, as mentioned, already offered outpatient addiction treatment services, and after Doug opened his own sober living home, Morgantown had recovery housing. Still, there was something missing: medically managed withdrawal and residential treatment.
Doug was then approached by the WVU Medicine Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry to assist WVU Medicine in developing a:
- Feasibility Study & Market Analysis to determine the best location for the center, the best type of program, target patients, competition and regulations and accreditation standards that needs to be followed.
- Business Plan to determine the exact treatment model, clinical programming, staffing model, funding and external research strategies.
- Financial Analysis that includes a staffing model and salaries, revenue stream projection and reimbursement rates, operational expenses, property lease vs buy analysis or public-private partnership and analysis on census needed to meet financial goals.
- Licensure by developing required policies and procedures and applying for behavioral health license.
- EPIC Buildout which includes the electronic health record of the patient and enables staff to document patient progression efficiently and effectively.
- Trainings on treatment center operations and clinical best practices provided by former Clinical Director of Hazelden Betty Ford in Naples, Bill Coleman.
- Marketing Support which includes assistance in developing various outreach materials including brochures, website, and video materials.
- Grand Opening which includes assistance in developing various outreach materials including brochures, website, and video materials.
- On-going Operational Excellence by continuing to provide consultation and support.
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