Outpatient addiction treatment services are expanding in the midstate to address the increase in overdose deaths.
Blair County-based Pyramid Health Care is expanding services in York County, and Retreat at Lancaster County is opening a new outpatient location in Akron.
“This is directly related to the opioid epidemic, because more and more people are needing treatment at all levels,” said Catherine Briggs, the vice president of operations for Pyramid’s central region.
Pyramid, which currently operates two locations in York, has waiting lists at both.
“It’s hard for us to have wait lists for services when people need in right now,” Briggs said.
In Lancaster County, Retreat is also seeing an influx of patients. If the organization doesn’t have room at its inpatient or outpatient facilities, it helps patients find somewhere else to go.
“It’s not a waiting-list kind of disease,” said Peter Schorr, Retreat founder and CEO. “It can be very dangerous.”
Outpatient treatment in York City
Pyramid plans to open its York County outpatient treatment center in March at 18 S. George St. in York City in an 8,180-square-foot office space, according to a news release from York-based Rock Commercial Real Estate LLC.
Pyramid currently has two locations in York. One, on Davies Drive, is for individual and group addiction counseling services. The second office operates under the name Onward Behavioral Health and Rehab After Work, and offers mental health counselors and psychiatrists on-site.
Pyramid purchased Upper Merion Township-based Onward Behavior Health two years ago, according to Briggs.
By combining both services in one location, Pyramid will be able to dedicate its Davies Drive facility to becoming a methadone clinic. Methadone is a substance used to treat narcotic drug addiction.
The office that houses Onward Behavioral Health on Wyntre Brooke Road will close.
Renovations turning former diner into rehab clinic
Retreat at Lancaster County is renovating a building at 333 S. Seventh St. for outpatient drug and alcohol services.
The location operated as Akron Restaurant for a number of years, but it has been vacant since July 2010.
Retreat purchased the property for $900,000 and plans to spend another $1.75 million on renovations.
Schorr picked the location because of its proximity to Retreat’s 160-bed inpatient facility. It also operates a smaller outpatient facility in Akron, which will serve adolescents ages 13 to 17 once the renovated location opens in April.
The new facility will also offer a family education program centered on addiction.
According to Schorr, 30 million people in the U.S. suffer from addiction.
“We need to make awareness — that’s why we have a family education program,” Schorr said.