MAT Program (Methadone Clinic)
The UHS Medication for Addiction Treatment Program (methadone clinic) offers cutting-edge medication management and psychosocial treatment to patients 18 years and older with opioid use disorders. We provide methadone or Suboxone® (buprenorphine/naloxone), individual and group counseling, and case management services such as assistance finding housing, transportation, child care, and employment to patients in Greater Binghamton and Broome County. We utilize the hub-and-spoke model of care delivery. Our innovative services include a pregnancy program and on-site hepatitis C treatment. Our professional staff serves patients with an unconditional, positive regard.
UHS uses the hub-and-spoke model for care delivery. The Medication for Addiction 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 regulation, 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 for Addiction Treatment Program (methadone clinic), please call (607) 762-2800 Monday through Friday between 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
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 disorders. 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. Pregnant patients meet with one of our addiction medicine providers throughout their pregnancy and the postpartum periods. 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.
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 offered opioid overdose prevention, recognition, and response education, and linkage to naloxone.
We are pleased to offer groups both in our clinic and in 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 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 for addiction treatment. Please ask your counselor about available groups.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I want methadone for my problem with opioids, can you help me?
A: If you are seeking admission to our Medication for Addiction Treatment Program (methadone clinic), please call (607) 762-2800 Monday through Friday between 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
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 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. On the weekends, workers are able to dose from 6:45 a.m.-7 a.m. All others may dose any time between 7 a.m. - 9 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.