MAT Program (Methadone Clinic)
The UHS Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program offers cutting-edge medication management and psychosocial treatment to patients 18 years and older with opioid use disorder. We are here to help you. We provide Binghamton with methadone for withdrawal treatment or Suboxone® (buprenorphine/naloxone), individual and group counseling, and case management services such as assistance finding housing, transportation, child care, and employment. We utilize the hub-and-spoke model of care delivery. Our innovative Binghamton methadone withdrawal and opioid rehab services include a comprehensive pregnancy program and both an on-site women's health clinic and hepatitis C clinic. Our professional staff serves patients with an unconditional, positive regard.
Information included on this page
- Our Model: Hub and Spoke
- How Can I Get Help?
- Special Programming
- Our Groups
- Frequently Asked Questions
UHS uses the hub-and-spoke model for opioid rehabilitation and methadone withdrawal treatment. Our Binghamton Medication-Assisted Treatment Program (methadone clinic) is the hub, where we treat opioid use disorder complicated by other use disorders and/or medical and/or mental health problems. Per federal regulations, patients on methadone must stay at the hub for treatment. Patients on Suboxone® (buprenorphine/naloxone), however, may be transferred to their primary care providers (the spokes) for medication management once they are stable. Conversely, the spokes can refer patients on Suboxone® (buprenorphine/naloxone) to the hub for stabilization. This model allows us to enhance access to medication and treatment while effectively using our clinical team’s expertise.
If you are seeking admission to our Medication-Assisted Treatment Program (methadone clinic), you will need to get an assessment first. We are pleased to offer open access for substance use disorder assessments. Come to 10 Mitchell Avenue, Binghamton, NY 13903 for your assessment. You can drop in anytime between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. No appointment is necessary but we do ask that you call 607-762-2901 to pre-register. If you have questions about open access times, please call 607-762-2901. Please bring a picture ID and insurance card.
Our team of licensed social workers and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors will meet with you to determine if you have an opioid use disorder and if our Medication-Assisted Treatment Program (methadone clinic) is appropriate for you. If you do not meet admission criteria, we will develop an alternative plan to address your needs.
If you are enrolled in another methadone clinic and would like to guest dose at our clinic, please fax a completed guest dosing form and Title 42 release to 607-762-2028. After receiving your request, our clinic staff will contact your program to discuss your case and coordinate guest dosing, if appropriate.
Transferring From Another Clinic
If you are already enrolled in a methadone clinic but would like to transfer to ours, please have your home clinic fax a completed Title 42 release with the referral paperwork to 607-762-2028. To help speed up the transfer, please have your home clinic include the following in the referral paperwork: your substance use disorder assessment; recent drug screens; intake history and physical, EKG, and labs; PPD result; and demographic and insurance information. After receiving this paperwork, our clinic staff will contact your program to discuss your case.
We accept most forms of insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare.
Comprehensive Pregnancy Program
We are pleased to offer specialized programming for pregnant and postpartum patients with opioid use disorder. A weekly group, co-facilitated by a Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network community health worker, teaches patients about pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Patients also learn hands-on parenting skills, including how to care for an infant with neonatal abstinence syndrome. A weekly postpartum group, for patients up to one year postpartum, offers evidence-based parenting education, provides ongoing support, and focuses on recovery skills. Generous grant funding from the UHS Foundation allows us to run a contingency management program and reward pregnant patients with gift cards for negative drug screens. Regular multidisciplinary team meetings between clinicians in the UHS OB/GYN, addiction medicine, neonatology, and pediatrics departments allow us to work together to improve care quality and health outcomes for patients in the program.
Women’s Health Clinic
The UHS addiction medicine and OB/GYN departments partnered to offer women a more convenient way to access healthcare. Once a month, an OB/GYN provider offers on-site birth control counseling and placement, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, menopause and perimenopause counseling, and prevention services such as breast exams and Pap smears.
Hepatitis C Clinic
We are proud to offer both screening and treatment for hepatitis C and vaccination against hepatitis A and B in our clinic. Appointments are available during dosing times and all clinic patients are eligible for treatment. Our goal is to protect our patients against hepatitis A and B infections and eliminate hepatitis C from our clinic.
Upon admission, all patients are given opioid overdose prevention, recognition, and response education, and are linked to naloxone.
We are pleased to offer groups both in our clinic and our outpatient program. Our trained clinicians use a variety of counseling tools including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectal behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and person-centered and strengths-based approaches to help you achieve your unique recovery goals. We have a variety of groups including groups for people in early or sustained recovery and gender-specific groups. Group topics include understanding the connection between thoughts, feelings, and substance use; managing negative emotions; improving self-esteem; stress reduction techniques; codependency; building healthy relationships; parenting in recovery; the relapse process; how to handle triggers, cravings, and cues; creating sober support networks; and myths, misinformation, and realities about medication-assisted treatment. Please ask your counselor about available groups.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I want to take medication for my problem with opioids, can you help me?
A: If you are interested in medication for addiction treatment with methadone or Suboxone® (buprenorphine/naloxone), you will need an assessment. Come to 10 Mitchell Avenue, Binghamton, NY 13903 for your assessment. You can drop in anytime between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. No appointment is necessary but we do ask that you call 607-762-2901 to pre-register. If you have questions about open access times, please call 607-762-2901. Please bring a picture ID and insurance card.
A licensed social worker or Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor will determine if you meet criteria for our Suboxone® (buprenorphine/naloxone) Program or our Medication-Assisted Treatment Program (methadone clinic). Once that determination is made, they will discuss the next steps in the admission process with you.
Q: What are the dosing hours?
A: Each patient is assigned a dosing time Monday-Friday. Dosing times during the week are 6:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. On the weekends, workers are able to dose from 06:45 a.m.-7:00 a.m. All others may dose any time between 7:00a.m - 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Q: I’m worried about paying for treatment. Is there someone that can help me with that?
A: We accept most forms of insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. In addition, UHS has a financial advocate who can help you sign up for health insurance. An appointment can be made by calling 607-762-2550.
Q: Do you offer transportation?
A: No. If you are on Medicaid, you may be eligible for transportation assistance. Please contact your local Medicaid office for more information.
Q: Can you help with family members?
A: Yes. In addition to the Family Program, your counselor can offer a family session to improve family communication, explain the disease of addiction and its treatment, and provide information about community resources for patients and their families.