CleanSlate Centers, a national leader in outpatient addiction medicine, opened its doors to patients in Warsaw, Indiana today with a new outpatient medication-assisted treatment center. Located at 2936 Frontage Road, the physician-led center continues CleanSlate’s push to expand resources for addiction treatment in Indiana, including rural and underserved communities.
Between 2016 and 2017, Indiana experienced a 22.5% increase in overdose deaths, the sharpest rise of any state in the country, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Despite the tremendous need for high-quality, affordable addiction treatment in smaller communities like Warsaw, we have found that many providers are being pulled towards more populous areas in Indiana,” said Rachael Thompson, CleanSlate’s Regional Managing Director. “We at CleanSlate are eager to fill the treatment gaps in Warsaw and join this community’s battle to save lives that hang in the balance.”
(Photo: Marisa Nyikos, Center Manager, CleanSlate Warsaw)
Marisa Nyikos, the Center Manager of CleanSlate’s centers in Elkhart, Indiana and now Warsaw, believes that CleanSlate’s new center will address the debilitating challenge of access for patients.
“As with other rural areas of Indiana, too many people in Warsaw have been forced to drive punishingly long distances to receive treatment for their disease,” she said. “We know that proximity plays a key role in whether patients seek out and stay in treatment. I think that our Warsaw center will make a significant difference for locals who are in need.”
This marks CleanSlate’s fifteenth center in Indiana and its fifty-fifth across the country. 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 participates in-network with most Medicaid and commercial providers in the state of Indiana so that patients can be treated with minimal or no financial burden.
A community fighting back
Leaders in Warsaw have organized several “Opioid Crisis Community Call Out” gatherings in the last couple of years to engage the community in responses to the emergency. At a meeting in May, officials noted that while the overdose-reversing drug Narcan has helped, the benefits of its wider distribution have been offset by the increased availability of synthetic opioids. Narcan can’t always counteract the effects of powerful drugs like fentanyl, and combating those types of opioids requires higher doses of Narcan.
Officials have recognized that a coordinated effort with every community stakeholder is essential to address the complex aspects of the opioid epidemic. As part of this united effort, Mayor Joseph Thallemer has stated that local treatment resources must be expanded for everyone who needs it, regardless of economic circumstance.
“CleanSlate agrees with Mayor Thallemer that anyone who wants treatment deserves care,” said Thompson. “That’s why we work closely with insurance providers and Medicaid, to help eliminate or greatly reduce the financial hurdles of treatment.”
A model of successful care
CleanSlate is actively growing its footprint to expand much-needed access to outpatient medication treatment for addiction. Over the past decade, the company has treated more than 35,000 patients, with 12,000 patients currently being treated in 10 states.
In Indiana alone, CleanSlate currently cares for more than 2,000 patients and has plans to open additional centers in the state during 2019. Aside from Warsaw, the company also has Indiana centers in New Albany, Alexandria, Anderson, Bloomington, Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Kokomo, E. Indianapolis, N. Indianapolis, Plainfield, Lafayette, Merrillville and Muncie.
“Our services are life-saving and life-changing,” said Nyikos. “I see it every day. So many of our patients are able to reclaim not just their physical health but their reason for living. It’s inspiring when I see patients returning to who they used to be before drugs robbed them of everything. I can’t wait to see those transformations in Warsaw.”
To make an appointment at CleanSlate’s Warsaw center, please call 833-505-4673, or walk into our center at 2936 Frontage Road. To find out more details about this center, click here.
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.
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