Center of Excellence (COE)

What is an Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence?

Unlike a traditional rehab facility, Centers of Excellence help those in recovery reshape their lifestyle from the comfort of their own community. When individuals visit our COE clinic, they will connect with addiction and recovery specialists, social workers and medical providers. Our team provides and actively coordinates vital medical, social, behavioral and lifestyle services to help break the cycle of addiction.

Centers of Excellence serve patients who:

  • Have an opioid use disorder (OUD)
  • May have co-occurring behavioral/substance abuse and physical health conditions
  • Need help navigating the healthcare system
  • Need guidance to stay engaged in treatment in order to avoid relapse

Pennsylvania is currently experiencing an unprecedented number of heroin, opioid, and substance use deaths. As a COE, we are positioned to address the opioid epidemic and to serve over 300 patients in Northeastern PA. The Wright Center is one of 455 Opioid Use disorder centers of excellence in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania–one of four in Northeastern PA. The initiative is championed by Governor Tom Wolf and supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

How It Works

Our treatment facility is tailored to each patient and focused on whole-body wellness. We combine medical treatment, holistic care and pain management strategies to help patients take control of their lives. Currently we offer the following services:

  • Physical and Behavioral Treatment: As a Center of Excellence, we have medical doctors who have become certified and approved by the DEA to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to treat opioid addiction in those who qualify medically. We also provide outpatient physical and behavioral treatment that fits into individuals’ daily routines at our Mid-Valley Primary Care Clinic.
  • Community Engagement: Our community-based care management (CBCM) will actively work with other community agencies to ensure patients’ needs are being met. We collaborate with emergency departments, correctional facilities, primary care providers, mental health agencies and families to engage individuals with opioid use disorders. Our CBCM team also works with inpatient drug and alcohol facilities to assure individuals living with OUD will transition from that level of care to the COE for ongoing engagement in treatment when they return to the community.
  • Motivation and Support: Our team motivates and encourages individuals with OUD to stay engaged in both physical health and behavioral health treatments. We provide encouragement during moments of strength and stand by patients in moments of weakness. Our team members also facilitate recovery by helping individuals find stable housing and employment, navigating insurance barriers, and by helping them to reestablish family/community relationships. Additionally, we can link patients with support groups and addiction and mental health counseling.

Do you or someone you know need the assistance of our Center of Excellence team?
Call 570-230-0019 and visit us at 5 S. Washington Avenue, Jermyn, PA.

Additional Links and Resources:

Centers of Excellence

The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Centers of Excellence webpage includes a current list of all OUD Centers of Excellence in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Heroin Hits Home – Combatting the horror of heroin in Lackawanna County.

Heroin Hits Home is a data and resource clearinghouse maintained by the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office.

OverdoseFreePA – Pennsylvania’s town square for overdose prevention information.

Through OverdoseFreePA, Pennsylvania communities and organizations collaborate to increase community awareness and knowledge of overdose and overdose prevention strategies, as well as to support practices and initiatives that will decrease drug overdoses and deaths.

PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP)

The DDAP’s mission is to engage, coordinate and lead state efforts to prevent and reduce drug, alcohol and gambling addiction and abuse and to promote recovery.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is charged with improving the quality and availability of treatment and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and the cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses.