Patients referred to us must have opiate use disorder and want to voluntarily join an outpatient opiate treatment program. We encourage patients to call us themselves during business hours to schedule an intake. Please do not call after business hours as our on-call service cannot schedule patients.
If you have an urgent referral, such as a pregnant patient or someone being released from jail or the hospital, have them sign the linked ROI document, fax it to us, and then you or one of your clinic staff may call our office to arrange referral. Ideally, we would like the patient be present with you when you make the call so that we may speak with them directly.
Patients will need to be seen for an intake evaluation, which includes a thorough substance use disorder assessment, medical evaluation, drug testing and blood work prior to admission. This generally takes place over 1-2 days, and if accepted to the program, the patient will then get their first observed dose of methadone or Suboxone. Patients can expect the intake process to take a total of 4 hours.
Patients will then need to continue to come to us for observed daily dosing of medication, frequent re-evaluations, observed urine drug testing, 1:1 counseling, group counseling, and any other services that are part of their individualized treatment plan.
We are an Opiate Treatment Program and are here to help patients with opiate use disorders (addictions). We are not a pain management clinic and do not accept patients for pain management.
All patients must be enrolled as JHC patients or be receiving short-term courtesy dosing in collaboration between JHC and another Opiate Treatment Program. Community based providers are not able to write prescriptions for MOUD to be dispensed from JHC.
No, if a patient elects to continue to see their community based primary care provider or dentist, we are supportive for this, and would not prohibit them in any way from joining the JHC OTP. Patients enrolled are required to see us for the medical care related to their opiate use disorder and substance use disorder counseling (including 1:1, groups, and/or OP/IOP).
We follow 42 CFR part 2 and HIPAA rules regarding patient confidentiality. For us to discuss a patient with you, the patient must first provide us with written consent to do so. We encourage our patients to involve their outside providers in their care and treatment plans, but ultimately it is up to the patient to allow this.
No, the records of the medications we prescribe are private and not reported to the WA PDMP. We do routinely check the PDMP for all enrolled JHC patients to ensure safe prescribing practices.
Have the patient sign a two-way ROI allowing sharing of information between you as a clinician and JHC, fax it to our office, and then call us to confirm receipt of the fax. Once received, we will still need to confirm with the patient that they are allowing this communication. Because a person’s alcohol and drug treatment records are highly protected, we cannot discuss any aspect of a patient’s care without proper authorization.
In the event of a true emergency, such as EMS or ER needing talk with one of our providers for the immediate safety of one of our already enrolled patients, please call our office.
Medications for opiate use disorder have been shown to be very safe during pregnancy and not harmful to the developing fetus. Detoxification (quitting cold turkey) can be harmful to a pregnancy. Medications like methadone and buprenorphine during pregnancy have been shown to prevent miscarriage, fetal distress, and premature birth for mothers who have opiate use disorder. If a pregnant woman has an opiate use disorder, we want to see her right away to discuss treatment options.
No, we are not designated crisis responders. If an individual is in crisis, call 1-888-910-0416. For medical emergencies call 911.
JHC is an outpatient Opiate Treatment Program and does not provide any of these services. We are happy to collaborate with these organizations once a patient is deemed stable for outpatient opiate treatment, we can facilitate an intake at JHC.
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