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At Its "Center of Excellence" in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, CleanSlate Expands Addiction Treatment Capacity with New, Larger Location

by Joan Erwin | Dec 12, 2018

image002-5 (1)Wilkes-Barre, PA - CleanSlate Centers, a national leader in outpatient addiction medicine, has expanded its busy treatment center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, by relocating to a larger location, at 100 North Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Suite 103. The move is a response to the high demand for medication-assisted treatment services by CleanSlate, which has been a fixture in Wilkes-Barre for the past three years.

CleanSlate’s Wilkes-Barre center, which was declared by Governor Wolf to be a Pennsylvania Center of Excellence, is the second busiest of CleanSlate’s 52 outpatient treatment centers throughout the country. With more than 800 patients under its care and 2000 patient visits each month, CleanSlate Wilkes-Barre was bursting at the seams of its former location.

image005 (1)(Pictured: CleanSlate staff enjoy the new location for the Wilkes-Barre center.)

“The new site is beautiful and doubles our square footage,” said Jonathan Candee, an Expansion Business Partner for CleanSlate. “We now have the room  to bring on many new providers and increase our capacity to treat patients and save lives.”

CleanSlate has treated more than 35,000 patients over the past decade, with 11,000 patients currently in treatment across the country in 10 states and Washington, D.C. The company’s program of care includes appropriate medication-assisted treatment (MAT) prescribed by licensed medical providers, as well as clear accountability, supportive counseling and care coordination. CleanSlate is actively growing its footprint to expand much-needed access to outpatient medication treatment for addiction.

As one of three of CleanSlate’s Centers of Excellence in Pennsylvania, the Wilkes-Barre center was amongst 45 centers in the state that were honored as providers of premium opioid addiction care.

Centers of Excellence help ensure that people with opioid-related substance use disorder stay in treatment to receive follow-up care and are supported within their communities. The centers coordinate care for people with Medicaid and treatment is team-based and “whole person” focused, with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care.

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The honor was accompanied by a special grant that expanded CleanSlate’s ability to bring on Certified Recovery Specialists (CRSs) to support its patients.  

“CRSs offer invaluable peer-level support to patients out in the community,” said Kelly Ormando, Center Manager for CleanSlate Wilkes-Barre, “whether that means advocating on behalf of our patients to judges, accompanying patients to talk directly to welfare agents, or even visiting them in jail to offer moral support and advice. Our patient retention and recovery rates are significantly improved when they have a CRS working with them.

Pennsylvania is one of the few states where CRS’s are a reimbursable drug and alcohol service through Medicaid. CleanSlate Wilkes-Barre currently employs five CRSs and is preparing to add seven more through 2019.

“We have had CRSs who have helped patients secure housing, and even regain custody of their children,” said Kara Capozzi, COE Program Manager. “CRSs offer a hands-on intensive service that we have found truly benefits patients, especially in the first 6 months in their recovery. Every day we are giving people hope, and that is what keeps us going."

Aside from Wilkes-Barre, CleanSlate also has Pennsylvania centers in Altoona, S. Philadelphia and in the Port Richmond area of Philadelphia, PittsburghScranton and Williamsport

To find out more details about CleanSlate’s center in Wilkes-Barre, click here. To make an appointment, call 570-846-2720.

About CleanSlate

A pioneer and leader in outpatient addiction medicine, CleanSlate is a rapidly expanding national medical group that provides treatment for the chronic disease of addiction, primarily opioid and alcohol use disorders. Founded in 2009 in response to the country’s growing opioid epidemic, CleanSlate’s physician-led offices utilize medication treatment and related therapies to treat patients who suffer from addiction and associated disorders, adhering to the highest quality, evidence-based practices.

Learn more about CleanSlate at www.cleanslatecenters.com, and sign up for our newsletter to receive regular insights about addiction and the opioid epidemic. To schedule an appointment at any CleanSlate center, please visit http://www.cleanslatecenters.com to find the center nearest you. All CleanSlate centers accept walk-ins.

For media inquiries, please contact Amy Brunson at abrunson@cleanslatecenters.com

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Joan Erwin

Joan Erwin is the Senior VP of Expansion Operations at CleanSlate, a leading national medical group that provides office-based outpatient medication treatment for the chronic disease of addiction, primarily alcohol and opioid use disorders.

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