Connecticut Rehab Guide
Overdose deaths for 2018 numbered 1,069 in Connecticut and the mortality rate was 30.7, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To help reverse this trend, American Addiction Centers continues to focus on its mission to help people find treatment regardless of whether or not it is at one of our facilities.
This page is a comprehensive resource of information about addiction treatment in Connecticut. We detail the different types of rehab in Connecticut, how to pay for private rehab, how to find state-funded resources, and where to look for accreditation information.
Types of Rehab Available in Connecticut
There are three different types of treatment for those seeking help with substance abuse: detox, inpatient care, and outpatient care.
People struggling with addiction are vulnerable to the dangers associated with withdrawal. Detox is often the first step before moving to longer-term treatment options. Detox includes medical support and guidance for an individual who is in withdrawal so they can physically stabilize before engaging in long-term, therapy-based treatment.
Inpatient care involves a residential setting where patients receive around-the-clock care. Outpatient care is for those who have already completed inpatient care or for people who may not be able to take time away from work obligations or family responsibilities.
The table below showcases the number of rehab facilities in Connecticut that offer each level of care:
|Type of Care, by number and percent|
|Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization||18||8.18%|
|Methadone/buprenorphine maintenance or naltrexone treatment||990||40.91%|
The majority of care facilities in Connecticut (82 percent) are outpatient. Among outpatient facilities, the majority are regular (72 percent), followed by intensive (53 percent) and methadone/buprenorphine (41 percent). Residential facilities outside of a hospital represent 22 percent of facilities; 15 percent are long-term, while 12 percent are short-term, which gives people almost equal options about where is best for them to stay.
Paying for Treatment in Connecticut
The expense of paying for individual treatment can be daunting for people seeking enrollment in an addiction treatment program, especially for those who do not have health insurance coverage. Most people in Connecticut attending treatment either use private or state insurance plans.
Addiction treatment can be costly and people need relief. In January 202, the governor signed two executive orders that addressed the rising costs of healthcare in the stat. The first order created annual cost growth benchmarks by December 2020 and established targets of increased primary case spending to reach 10 percent of total healthcare spending by 2025. The second executive order creates an advisory board to study efforts to control Medicaid costs, which account for more than 20 percent of state spending.
How much treatment costs depends on several factors: the type of care required, whether it is inpatient or outpatient, the type of facility, the amenities, and more. Costs also depend on the type of treatment centers you choose, either state-funded or privately-funded.
The Difference Between State-Funded and Private Treatment in Connecticut
Private treatment is the best option for people with private insurance coverage through an employer. Those with independent financial security may also choose the private treatment as well. Among the two options, private treatment is ideal considering the challenges that often arise seeking government-run addiction treatment programs.
The following table breaks down the number of facilities in Connecticut by whether they are private non-profit, private for-profit, locally funded, state-funded, or federally funded.
|Facility Operation, by number and percent|
|Private for Profit||20||9.09%|
|Local, county, or community government||1||0.45%|
Almost all (885 percent) of the number of treatment centers in Connecticut are private non-profit while just 9 percent are private for-profit, which could create a challenge for those seeking affordable options.
While 189 of the total 220 treatment facilities in Connecticut accept private insurance, 204 also accept cash or self-payment. Almost all (196) accept Medicaid but just over half (122) cover Medicare. So while most facilities are private, you can see that there are many state or federal options available as well.
Treatment in Connecticut by Payment Option
While 189 of the total 220 treatment facilities in Connecticut accept private insurance, 204 also accept cash or self-payment. Almost all (196) accept Medicaid but just over half (122) cover Medicare. In Connecticut, five percent of people without health insurance. While not having a private insurance plan might limit your options, always remember that there are several treatment facilities that will serve your needs regardless.
The table below breaks down the typical payment methods used and how many facilities in Connecticut accept each payment type.
|Facility Payment Options, by Number and percent|
|Cash or self-payment||204||92.73%|
|Private Health Insurance||189||85.91%|
|State-financed Health insurance||151||68.64%|
|Federal military insurance||94||42.73%|
|No payment accepted (free treatment for all clients)||1||0.45%|
|IHS/Tribal/Union (ITU) funds||16||7.27%|
|Sliding fee scale||164||74.55%|
|Treatment at no charge or minimal payment for clients who can’t pay||109||49.55%|
As the table shows, if you don’t have insurance, there are still options. Cash represents the majority (93 percent) of payment options in Connecticut followed by Medicaid (89 percent) and private health insurance (86 percent). For clients who struggle with their finances, three-fourths of facilities (75 percent) accept patients on a sliding fee scale, and half (50 percent) provide treatment at no charge or for minimal payment.
Treatment Center Accreditations in Connecticut
Now that you understand the types of care available, the differences in facility types, and how to pay for treatment, the last thing you’ll want to consider about a facility is its accreditation.
Connecticut has two certifications: a certified substance abuse counselor and a licensed level. The two titles are the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). The LADC level requires a Master’s degree in behavioral science and supervised experience.
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredits operators worldwide at the request of health and human service providers and can be a good reference point when looking for accredited drug and alcohol treatment facilities. The Joint Commission Accreditation for Addiction Treatment Providers (often referred to simply as the Joint Commission) also provides accreditation to service providers.
Below is a table outlining the typical types of accreditations or licenses so you can understand what number of facilities have these and how common they are.
|Facility Licensing, Certification, or Accreditation, by number and percent|
|Any listed agency/organization||210||94.45%|
|State substance abuse agency||139||63.18%|
|State mental health department||143||65.00%|
|State department of health||195||88.64%|
|Hospital licensing authority||19||8.64%|
|The Joint Commission||86||39.09%|
|Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)||59||26.82%|
|National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)||8||3.64%|
|Council on Accreditation (COA)||21||9.55%|
|Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP)||1||0.45%|
|Other national organization or federal, state or local agency||12||5.45%|
The good news is that there are a number of reputable providers with accreditations serving the state of Connecticut. Almost all agencies (95 percent) have some kind of accreditation while 89 percent have accreditation from the state’s department of health. You can rest assured there are many reputable options available no matter your individual circumstance
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