CMDS operates an Intensive Outpatient Program in Baltimore City providing counseling to adult patients with substance abuse disorders. The program offers outpatient treatment to adults who require services for more than 9 hours per week. CMDS serves male and female adults from unprivileged areas of Baltimore City, especially East Baltimore. This population is characterized by low-income, co-occurring conditions, and low levels of education. The majority of the patients CMDS serves are unemployed and rely on Social Security and food stamp benefits. They are mainly Afro-American adults with a long history of drug addiction and mental health disorders and are insured by Medicaid.
CMDS IOP program operates Monday through Saturday from 5am to 5pm for scheduled individual counseling sessions, according to patient's needs, and from 9am to 2:30pm for regular group meetings at 1850 North Milton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213. The program site is situated in a very favorable region of Baltimore; public transport runs hourly on Bel Air Rd and North Ave, which are only one block away from the program’s site. Furthermore, the neighborhood where the program operates is located in a Medically Underserved Area/Population according to the Health Resources and Services Administration. This classification by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency demonstrates that the program site is located in an area lacking healthcare resources and therefore we anticipate that most patients seeking services will be locals to that community. Services are provided directly by CMDS staff, although referrals from outside providers are accepted. Aside from accepting patients insured by Medicaid and Medicare patients, those without insurance coverage can be considered for admission and pay privately. Fee schedules for all patients are reviewed annually to ensure they are reasonable and consistent with similar programs in the service area. Specifics regarding fees and patient responsibility will be provided to each individual during the screening process and are available for others upon request.
Located in an underserved area of Baltimore City, CMDS ’s program has the unique capability to serve low-income users in their own community. Moreover, having a caring staff with valuable experience in the field allows us to develop a strong relationship with patients. CMDS ’s goals are to provide support for individuals in their addiction recovery; to enhance patients’ relationship with their families; and to assist the integration of patients in the community. CMDS achieves its goals by providing individualized treatment, family and community engagement and a strong referral program. Moreover, CMDS is committed to furnishing patients with qualified healthcare providers and constructive counseling in order to meet the individual’s goals set up in every patient’s treatment plan. The services provided in our outpatient program encourage patients’ recovery efforts and aid their rehabilitative process. The specific objectives CMDS will pursue are as follows:
1. Support patient's addiction recovery efforts through individual and group counseling
2. Increase insight about mental health illness and substance addiction
3. Build confidence and support through group meetings
The immediate outcomes expected are listed below:
1. Improve overall quality of life in the community
2. Lower drug related crimes in the neighborhood
3. Foster more stable communities
4. Support patients in becoming active members of their communities