‘Lives are on the line’ CAT kicks off $5.7M campaign to triple addiction treatment

Cincinnati Vice Mayor David Mann

Cincinnati Vice Mayor David Mann

The Center for Addiction Treatment has launched a $5.7 million capital campaign that would triple the number of people who can get the treatment they need.  

The campaign was announced to a standing-room-only crowd at CAT’s annual pancake breakfast.

“Greater Cincinnati is at the forefront of a well-documented and unprecedented drug epidemic,” said Sandi Kuehn, CAT president and CEO. “Lives are on the line. It is essential that we put recovery within reach for those needing help.”

The new funds would add treatment capacity by:

  • Constructing a 17,000-square-foot building for outpatient services and a new primary healthcare clinic.
  • Retrofitting the existing building to expand detox and residential services.

Kuehn called lack of capacity “the single biggest barrier” to obtaining treatment. “This plan helps with that,” she said. “No one wanting help should have to be put on a waiting list.”

CAT serves more than 1,700 patients annually. The added capacity would increase that number to 6,000.

The campaign has reached 58 percent of its goal, thanks to several large gifts received before the public launch.

Gifts to the campaign include:

  • The Spaulding Foundation: $500,000.
  • Deaconess Health Associations Foundation: $300,000.
  • City of Cincinnati: $125,000.

Additionally, Bethesda Inc. has granted $150,000 to enhance the center’s staffing and training of its primary healthcare clinic.

“The training and staffing model that CAT is exploring … is unique and could have a lasting impact on the way healthcare is delivered to vulnerable populations,” said Jill Miller, executive director or Bethesda Inc., who “believes fueling this project will equip primary care physicians to better treat patients battling addiction, and in turn support the community.”

Though CAT currently offers an array of programs for addicted individuals and their families, expanding the medical detox, short-term residential and MAT programs is considered key to breaking the cycle of addiction.

“I am inspired by the vision and leadership that CAT is demonstrating through the inclusion of a primary health care clinic,” said Tony Woods, president of the Deaconess Health Associations Foundation, whose $300,000 grant will help fund the primary health care component. “Providing a place where patients can come and be treated for their underlying problems – which many times are masked or compounded by their addiction issues – is very significant for our community.”

Construction should be completed in 10 to 12 months.

 

 

About CAT

The Center for Addiction Treatment provides treatment for patients with addiction to drugs, alcohol or gambling. As the only non-hospital-based medically monitored detox facility in the region, CAT provides individualized care through short-term residential and intensive outpatient services, medication-assisted treatment, counseling, a continuing care program and a comprehensive family education program.

The campaign: catsober.org/lead-the-change-capital-campaign/

Addiction services: catsober.org

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