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Denver Health’s Center for Addiction Medicine

July 13, 2019

As part of a strategic growth initiative in 2018, Denver Health committed to establishing a Center for Addiction Medicine. The vision of Denver Health’s Center for Addiction Medicine is to be a compassionate model for the prevention and treatment of substance misuse, to transform lives and to educate all. In order to do so, the Center for Addiction Medicine is committed to the following values: dignity and equity, community collaboration, passionate professionals, and innovative prevention, treatment, research, and education.

The Center offers a full continuum of care that provides the Denver Health patient access to an array of substance treatment services, through no wrong door. Regardless of whether a patient shows up in the emergency department, in the jail system, or in one of Denver Health’s community-based clinics, they will have the opportunity to access specialized substance use treatment services. The services span a wide range of areas, including prevention and education, harm reduction, formal treatment and management of substance use disorders, along with post‐treatment services, tools and resources that support ongoing recovery.

The Center for Addiction Medicine addresses unmet demand for substance use disorder treatment, across the community through active coordination of services. One of the major supports and resources connected to this work is Denver Health’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Services, which has been operating a fully licensed and accredited substance use disorder treatment center and methadone clinic on the Denver Health campus since the 1970s. This foundational work is being use to expand existing services across the Denver Health system to focus initially on opioid use disorder and will be adapted to treat any type of substance use disorder as the Center grows. Transitional recovery care programs such as these have been shown to be highly successful and The Center of Addiction Medicine is committed to utilizing evidence-based strategies to promote the health of our patients.

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