Hamilton drug detox in unique spot: It has room to help more people

An outpatient and inpatient medical drug-detox center in Hamilton finds itself in an unusual situation for such facilities: It has room to help more people, and can accept them almost immediately.

The Modern Psychiatry & Wellness LLC operation at 621 S. Erie Blvd. plans to expand and include the Genesis Center of Excellence operation to not only wean people off of heroin, other opioids, alcohol and other drugs, but also eventually to provide them a range of on-site services to help rebuild their lives.

The facility started providing recovery housing services in early 2016 and began offering outpatient care around the start of this year, moving its operations from its F Street location, and expanding outpatient care.

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There’s room to help more people, during the brief periods when they are prepared for it, said Dr. Quinton Moss, with specialties in family medicine and psychiatry, who owns Modern Psychiatry and is creating the not-for-profit Genesis center.

Already, the operation has a staff of 49, only about five of them part-time employees.

“The biggest impact that we’ve seen has been trying to find folks in need at the time that they’re ready to make that change,” Moss said. “When people suffer from the disease of addiction, there’s a window in which they may have some clarity of motivation to try to make a change, to make an improvement.”

“For most people,” he added, “that may last anywhere from 12 to 72 hours,” he said. “So we’ve opened up our walk-in assessments, and Monday through Friday, from 8 to 11 (a.m.), people can come in, and they can get started with the intake process, to start receiving treatment.”

For most people, the facility is usually able to start detox for them within 24 hours.

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After the detox, the facility can help them with other care, including medication-assisted therapy, individual counseling and group counseling. Even with all the assistance, the fall-back rate is high, as with most programs.

The facility generally has taken in seven to 16 people per week, with about five to 12 who enter detox. Some drop out even before beginning, despite the short timeline. The Christian-based organization helps people using Suboxone and other medications.

Patients can also have access to Vivitrol, an opiate blocker that prevents the effects of the drugs and reduces drug and alcohol cravings.

The facility also offers recovery housing for clients that can last 90 days, sometimes longer. There is a capacity for 40 beds, but during the past two months, the number being used at a given time has been 26 to 32.

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The program can accept anyone from the state of Ohio, and has taken patients from as far as the Cleveland area.

“Without the medication-assisted treatment portion, folks don’t do nearly as well,” Moss said.

Since receiving $400,000 in state capital money, “There’s been a lot of growth in programming in what we offer to the community here through the building,” Moss said.

The organization has not yet drawn on the state money, because, “We are in the process of lease-to-purchase, which we hope to accomplish by the end of the year,” he said. “And we would like to have it in the program’s possession before we start using those capital funds” to upgrade the building.

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Pastor Josh Willis of Grace Chapel of Praise currently owns the building.

“We need the capital funds for sure,” Moss said, “but we’ve been blessed with a pretty strong team, folks who believe in the mission of what we’re trying to do, and we’ve been able to put forth some great programming to help folks in the community.”

Susanna Lozano, executive director there, has worked in the addiction and mental-health field for two decades, said, “This is my favorite job, because the company is small enough and new enough that we can make it whatever we want it to be.”

“It is a place of choice for people to be employed, and it’s a very positive environment, and supportive,” Lozano said. “We understand the trials and tribulations of the people we work with. We’re doing good work.”

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