For over 45 years, the Center for Addiction Treatment (CAT) has been the regional leader in addiction treatment. Today, CAT is once again taking the lead to change the future of addiction in Cincinnati.
To respond to the increasing opioid crisis, CAT has a shovel-ready expansion plan. The $5.7 million Lead the Change Campaign is a direct response to the recommendations set forth by the Hamilton County Coalition's position paper "Reversing the Tide."
Though CAT has a cadre of programs that provide support for individuals and their families, expanding the medical detox, short-term residential, and medication-assisted treatment programs are key to breaking the cycle of addiction.
Construction is planned to begin in May of 2016, with the project being completed in 10-12 months, weather permitting. At completion of Lead the Change, CAT projects to increase the number of patients seen from 1,700 in FY15 to 6,000 a year, or a approximately triple the number of patients served. The increased availability of treatment will not only save lives, but save families and provide hope in the Greater Cincinnati region.
In addition to the expected growth in impact of the three core programs, this project also allows for CAT to create a new auxiliary program offering primary health care services tailored to the unique needs of those overcoming addiction.
The inclusion of a primary health care wrap-around program will allow comprehensive, on-site treatment. By treating the individual with a more holistic approach, other health indicators, including acute and chronic comorbidities (like depression, anxiety, hepatitis C, and dental issues), can be addressed. Often, patients struggling with addiction do not get the primary health care they need in a way that supports their efforts to rebuild their lives. In the first year of this new primary health care program, we expect more than 2,800 people to be served.