Withdrawal Management and Abstinence Services (3.a.iv)

Project Objective

To develop withdrawal management services for substance use disorders (SUD) (ambulatory detoxification) within community-based addiction treatment programs that provide medical supervision and allow simultaneous or rapid transfer of stabilized patients into the associated SUD services, and to provide/link with care management services that will assist the stabilizing patient to address the life disruption related prior to the substance abuse.

Project Details

The majority of patients seeking inpatient detoxification services do not require the intensive monitoring and medication management available in the inpatient setting. These patients can be monitored in an outpatient program until stability is assured and then rapidly integrated into a co-located outpatient SUD program with a PCP integrated team. Additionally, patients will be provided with care management services that will assist the stabilizing patient to organize medical, educational, legal, financial, social, family and childcare services in support of abstinence and improved function within the community. Care management can be provided as part of the SUD program or through a Health Home strongly linked to the SUD program if qualified for Health Home Services. Such programs can address alcohol, sedative and opioid dependency as well as provide access to ongoing medication management treatment.

Patient Population

Any individual in need of withdrawal management services.


    • North Country Heroin Forum Video

The Mountain Lake Journal PBS, which reports on stories affecting the North Country, created a video addressing the heroin crisis in our region and how communities are fighting back. The heroin crisis has escalated at an alarming rate, resulting in addiction and deaths in our region. The video spotlights our region’s specific challenges as communities grapple with a drug that has affected health, social, and economic welfare.
Watch the Video: Mountain Lake Journal: Special Heroin Forum. The first 11 minutes exemplifies why AHI PPS partners chose Ambulatory Detox as a DSRIP initiative.

    • Detox Center coming to North Country

Champlain Valley Family Center, Plattsburgh, has secured funding to operate a Schuyler Falls withdrawal management (ambulatory detox) facility that will be open 24/7. The facility will provide detox and outpatient substance-use-disorder services, via and inpatient 8-10 bed respite, and an outpatient satellite.
Read the Press Republican article: Detox Center Coming to North Country, Feb 12, 2016