Volume 51, Number 36

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Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, September 4, 2014

Medically-monitored Crisis Detox Center opens in Chattanooga

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities announces the opening of a medically-monitored crisis detoxification unit in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The medically-monitored crisis detoxification unit provides short-term alcohol and drug detoxification services 24-hour, seven days a week. The Chattanooga center serves residents from 23 counties including Bledsoe, Bradley, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Grundy, Hamilton, Jackson, Macon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Overton, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Sequatchie, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, and White. The unit will operate out of the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (CADAS), a nonprofit treatment center in Chattanooga.
Medically-monitored detoxification units are cost effective because they offer intensive 24-hour supervised evaluation and withdrawal management including observation, monitoring, and treatment in a less restrictive setting than a hospital or other treatment resource.
“It is important that individuals have appropriate care in the least restrictive environment possible,” stated TDMHDD Commissioner Virginia Trotter Betts. “These units are structured to stabilize individuals experiencing substance abuse issues and strengthen clients’ own coping skills while allowing them to remain in the community close to their essential support system.”
“A main goal of the medically-monitored units is to divert clients, when clinically appropriate, from psychiatric inpatient hospitalizations, emergency rooms, and unnecessary incarcerations stemming from their substance abuse,” said Bruce Emery, TDMHDD Assistant Commissioner of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. “It is important to provide the chance for a client to receive detoxification services in an appropriate alcohol and drug abuse treatment setting.”
Three additional units are operating out of community mental health and alcohol and drug agencies in Jackson, Knoxville, and Memphis. A fifth unit will open in Nashville later this year. CADAS’s medically-monitored detoxification unit is located at 207 Spears Avenue in Chattanooga and began providing services in August.
“We welcome this addition to our program here at CADAS,” said Paul Fuchcar, Executive at the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. “We hope that individuals in need of substance abuse treatment will utilize these services to their full potential in order to begin the healing process and continue a healthy life in the community.”
For more information on medically-monitored crisis detoxification units or additional mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention information, please contact TDMHDD’s Office of Communications at (615) 253-4812 or visit www.tn.gov/mental.

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