• Community Recovery Center offers telehealth services to help clients maintain sobriety

    In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Recovery Center (CRC) is using new telehealth technology to support their clients’ battle with addiction, according to Ashlee Thompson, MHA, MSEd, CASAC, director of outpatient behavioral health at Rome Memorial Hospital.

    The center is continuing to offer 29 clinical groups, as well as its full array of other support services via telehealth to provide ongoing treatment to help clients maintain sobriety. Clients can also continue to have access to medication-assisted treatments.
    “It would be impossible to offer our clinical groups through this crisis without this technology,” Thompson said. “The ability to bring people who are experiencing similar circumstances together, while keeping everyone safe from exposure to COVID-19 makes a world of difference in treatment.”


    CRC Telehealth COVID 
    Angela Sala, MSW, a chemical dependency counselor for Rome Memorial Hospital’s Community Recovery Center (CRC), gets ready to conduct a telehealth clinical group from her desk. The CRC is using technology to offer clients continued support in their battles with addiction while eliminating exposure from COVID-19. 


    Thompson adds that times of crisis can be a hurdle for many who are vulnerable and that the CRC is still able to accept new patients over the phone and via technology from the comfort of their own homes. “Times of stress, isolation and uncertainty can all trigger people to negative behaviors,” she said. “Our clients, new and old, can use this technology for everything from scheduled clinical groups to individual sessions when the need arises.”

    Staff is still on site to assist clients who can access the CRC through a cellular telephone, laptop, desktop or tablet device. “All of our staff is trained to assist our clients through the process of accessing the meetings,” Thompson noted.

    Certified by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the Community Recovery Center, 264 W. Dominick St., Rome, offers quality, comprehensive alcohol and substance abuse treatment for adolescents and adults. Open Monday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., the center participates with most major insurance programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. A sliding scale fee is available for self-pay clients.

    For more information about the Community Recovery Center, call 315.334.4701.