Community Medical Services (CMS) operates a network of a CARF-accredited clinics that provide Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid addicts. CMS was founded in Phoenix, Arizona in 1983 and now owns additional clinics in North Dakota, Alaska and Montana. Its North Dakota clinics opened in 2016 in Minot and Fargo. The Fargo clinic provides treatment with Suboxone and methadone and the Minot clinic offers treatment with methadone only.
Treatment and Staff
Prospective clients first have a phone assessment. If they’re suitable for treatment, CMS then schedules an in-person assessment within seven days. After their assessments, clients are given a treatment plan using either methadone (or Suboxone in Fargo) with recommendations for group and individual therapy at the clinic. CMS asks clients to attend group and individual therapy at least once a week.
Physicians administer medication, and therapists and addiction counselors, including LISACs and psychologists, run the treatment groups at CMS. The foundation of treatment at CMS is Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT), and groups also incorporate CBT skills and Motivational Interviewing (MI). The treatment team may address co-occurring disorders in therapy, but clients in need of dual diagnosis support are referred to local mental health clinics. The treatment team may also recommend peer support meetings such as Celebrate Recovery, 12-step or SMART Recovery if a client would like to expand their support network.
After 90 days of successful treatment, methadone clients can begin applying for take-home doses. If a client lives a significant distance from the clinic, the treatment team may ask for an exception for an earlier start date for take-homes, if the client has been successful in treatment thus far. CMS doesn’t pressure clients to taper on any set time-line and works with each individual to create a customized plan should they desire to end their medication.
North Dakota provides a generous voucher system to residents seeking treatment. It subsidizes treatment and pays residents to attend therapy, thereby incentivizing clients to participate in therapy as often as they’re able.
The clinical directors at the North Dakota locations provide a variety of educational outreach workshops and presentations in each community to let residents know that there is low-cost treatment available for those suffering from the state’s opioid epidemic.
Community Medical Services’ North Dakota clinics in Minot and Fargo encourage residents to take advantage of its therapeutic services and the state’s incentive programs to attend therapy and cultivate the resilience and motivation to succeed in recovery. Through numerous outreach activities, its qualified treatment teams are engaged in an aggressive effort to educate the community about North Dakota’s growing opioid addiction epidemic.
Community Medical Services North Dakota
300 30th Ave NW
Minot, ND 58703
901 28th St South
Fargo, ND 58103
Community Medical Services Cost: Accepts insurance and state subsidies; self-pay: $85 per week. Reach Community Medical Services by phone at (855) 203-6352. Find Community Medical Services on Facebook and YouTube
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