Innovation Funds Program Round Three Update: Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services (CARS)

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Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services (CARS) was 1 of 12 awardees from CCN’s Innovation Funds program this year for their proposal to implement a new Opioid Treatment Program and Ancillary Withdrawal Services. Funding has allowed CARS to expand their workforce, provide training to new and current staff members, and construct a new space in which to provide an on-site environment for the treatment of opioid addiction and withdrawal services for those in need.

The Innovation Funds program has provided CARS the opportunity to provide ancillary withdrawal services on an outpatient basis for the first time beginning in October. This option now provides more flexible options for those seeking opioid addiction treatment, but may not want to go into an in-patient setting or may not have the option of a detox center in their county and don’t want to go away for treatment either.

While in-patient care is suggested for more severe withdrawal symptoms, CARS is now able to treat mild to moderate symptoms on a flexible out-patient schedule. CARS is hoping these new programs will help divert people from calling an ambulance or visiting an emergency room when experience those types of symptoms, and instead using CARS as their first choice.

Year to date, CARS has already hired an outreach specialist and two primary counselors. Over the next several months, they will be looking to hire two licensed nurses, two practical nurses, and a nurse practitioner.

Source: CARS to start withdrawal service in October by Ithaca.com – August 31, 2018