Uninsured people who want to shake addiction can get services at new Milford office

Milford. The Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission is the single county authority working with the community to ensure that uninsured or under-insured clients have access to the full array of drug and alcohol services to meet their recovery goals. Pike County’s previous drug and alcohol support services provider, Catholic Social Services, left late last year due to a lack of funding.

12 Feb 2020 | 12:07

The Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission Inc. opened its Pike County office in early January at 10 Buist Road, Suite 201, in Milford.

Services offered at this location include drug and alcohol assessments, case management, outpatient and intensive outpatient services, individual and group counseling services, Court Reporting Network Evaluations, and the Alcohol Highway Safety Program.

The office is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The commission is the single county authority working with the local community and stakeholders to ensure that uninsured or under-insured clients are able to access the full continuum of drug and alcohol services to meet their recovery goals.

There is a 24/7 hotline (866-824-3578) through which clients can access treatment and speak to a case manager.

Pike County’s previous drug and alcohol support services provider, Catholic Social Services, left in late 2019 due to a lack of funding.

'Care they can trust'

The Pike County Commissioners worked with state elected officials to ensure a seamless transition to the local drug and alcohol commission.

“We’re very proud of the expedient cooperative effort that allowed these important services to continue to be available locally,” said Pike County Commissioners Chair Matthew Osterberg.

“It is important that we work together to help our community members that are struggling with addiction," said the commission’s Milford outpatient supervisor, Shannon Wisniewski. "They need to feel like their needs can be met here in the community and that they will be able to receive quality client-centered care that they can trust.”

The commission also offers outpatient services at the Pike County Correctional Facility to incarcerated county residents to ensure that inmates have access to services, and to connect them to the full continuum of care upon release.

Inmates work on Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), a type of behavioral therapy geared toward decreasing the likelihood of returning to drug or alcohol abuse. They can continue with this evidence-based practice upon release.

“When someone has their ‘ah-ha’ moment and decides that they want to get help, we want to be part of the support system that shows how recovery is possible,” said Wisniewski.

The Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission currently chairs the Pike County Opioid Task Force and regularly attends meetings of the Pike County Reentry Coalition.

More information is available at cmpda.cog.pa.us or by calling 570-296-1054.

“When someone has their ‘ah-ha’ moment and decides that they want to get help, we want to be part of the support system that shows how recovery is possible." --Shannon Wisniewski