Columbia Pacific CCO is proud to be working with CODA to open an opioid treatment program (OTP) in Seaside later this year. Portland-based drug treatment provider, CODA, will be able to prescribe and administer medication-assisted treatment for those with opioid use disorders.
The new center, located in South Seaside on Roosevelt Road, will be licensed to dispense any medication needed to treat substance use disorders, including suboxone, buprenorphine, naltrexone and methadone, as appropriate to the patient’s needs.
“The goal of an OTP is to be as minimally-invasive as possible,” said Alison Noice, executive director of CODA. “Treating patients with addictions has been one of the most interesting, rewarding experience of my career. It’s a life-changing event when you see patients become successful through medication-assisted treatment. We are fortunate to be able to develop long-term relationships with our patients in a welcoming, flexible treatment environment that helps them to become successful.”
“We have found a location that is allowing us to ability to design the clinic.” Noice continued. “With this location, we are able to intentionally design the layout to create the optimal patient experience. Construction is likely to be done by the end of October and then we go through a series of credentialing and licensing certifications, including Oregon Health Authority, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Joint Commission, before we can open.”
The new clinic will be staffed by a physician or nurse practitioner who can assess each patient and develop a multifaceted plan of treatment. The center also includes a full counseling team of case managers, individual counselors and group sessions. The clinic will also provide observed collection of samples for toxicology testing.
Initially, patients often visit the clinic daily and may eventually taper to visits once a week or month. The clinic will be open six days a week, typically at 5:30 a.m. to see patients before they need to go to the rest of their day. Most days, the clinic will be closed by noon.
“Treating opioid use disorders with medications allows patients to ease withdrawal symptoms, so we can work on changing behavior.” Noice said.
“There’s a lot of people spending a lot of time and money to go to Portland for something they should be getting here,” said Leslie Ford, behavioral health clinical integration coordinator for Columbia Pacific CCO. “Our region has some of the highest rates of emergency overdoses and deaths in the state. Having a local option for treatment will reduce the cost of treatment -- it only makes sense to treat people closer to home.”