David Myers (CMS Director of Operations – pictured outside the CCG clinic location at the corner of 25th Street and Greenmount Avenue in Baltimore City) and Terri Weller RN, Clinical Director for CMS, enjoyed a visit to CCG spending some time with Tim Craig, MSW, the new Director of the Facility. We are currently supporting some staffing needs at CCG staffing several data entry specialists. We anticipate additional needs once the new Primary Care Clinic opens in early 2016 and the successful growth of the program continues.
Baltimore is known for having one of the most severe drug abuse problems in Maryland and in the nation. There continues to be a significant gap between the demand for services and current treatment resources. According to SAMHSA and the State of Maryland there are an estimated 47,000 – 53,000 individuals in Baltimore City annually who need but do not receive treatment for addiction. This number is very likely much higher as this data was gathered in polls that only contacted people with landline telephones. It is not unreasonable to think the number of addicted individuals in Baltimore, which has an overall population of about 600,000, could be double the estimate.
Concerted Care Group is making a difference in treating the opiate addiction in Baltimore. They CCG provide opportunities for individuals and communities to experience real change through a comprehensive concerted approach to caring. CCG is a partner in care. They listen and respond. Sometimes their best ideas come from their patients.
The Rules They Operate By:
- They treat their patients with compassion – they treat others how they would like to be treated.
- They offer their patients more opportunities to better their lives – in return they ask more from their patients.
- They believe in respecting one another – they believe they are stronger when they can trust one another and work together in a concerted fashion.
- They have created a model of excellence for others to follow.
What They Do Differently:
- Provide services that their patients need within the same facility – including Mental Health, Primary Health Care, Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT), and Health Home Services (Coordination of Care).
- Give their patients opportunities for jobs and housing in order to help individuals and restore communities.
- Enforce the rules of the clinic to create discipline, safety, and order for their patients and our surrounding community.
- Give patients a higher quality facility for their care – they expect to change the environment and thus the experience of their patients.