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Addiction treatment center designated a COE by state

Williamsport Family Medical Center recently was designated a Center of Excellence by the state Department of Human Services, announced the center’s parent company, Pinnacle Treatment Centers.

Located at 2062 Lycoming Creek Road, Suite 8, Williamsport Family Medical Center is one of Pinnacle’s 13 opioid addiction treatment centers in the state. Pinnacle’s other 12 programs also are COEs.

Three of Pinnacle’s centers in Pennsylvania–Alliance Medical Services of Johnstown (Cambria County), Miners Medical (Luzerne County) and Mt. Pocono Medical (Monroe County) are part of the initial 45 COEs chosen by Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration in response to the rapidly escalating opioid overdose death epidemic. But in July 2020, it was announced that additional Medicaid providers could apply for this designation.

Pinnacle’s remaining 10 programs in Pennsylvania, including Williamsport Family Medical Center, applied and were recently approved as COEs to begin providing services utilizing case managers and certified recovery specialists.

The goal of the COE program is to increase patient engagement and retention through better coordination of care with community services as well as ongoing addiction treatment.

“We stand ready to continue to partner with the Wolf administration on fighting the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, particularly during this pandemic when overdose rates are higher than ever and lives have never been more fragile,” said Joe Pritchard, CEO, Pinnacle Treatment Centers.

“This designation for our centers means additional resources and support, and enhanced provider collaboration within the communities we serve,” he said. “This will allow all our patients to receive the wrap-around services they need and have access to comprehensive care to get on a path of total healing. This approach is all-embracing and it works.”

The COE initiative increases access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT); coordinates physical and behavioral healthcare; and keeps individuals engaged in the recovery process along the full continuum of care through community-based care management.

MAT is considered the gold standard of treatment for opioid addiction, and includes a combination of medication–methadone, buprenorphine (Suboxone), Vivitrol–and counseling.

All of Pinnacle’s programs in Pennsylvania provide all three FDA-approved medications, individual and group counseling, and specialized services such as programs for pregnant women, prison systems, and more.

For questions about Williamsport Family Medical Center or for a free confidential assessment, individuals can call 570-505-1123. The center accepts Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and most major commercial insurance. Reasonable self-pay rates also are available.

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