The Jeffco Addiction Assessment Clinic (JAAC) opens June 1, 2009
The Jeffco Addiction Assessment Clinic (JAAC) opens at
Many Jefferson County residents, like their families as well as law enforcement officers and other first responders, the courts and human services, have requested more options than going to jail, detoxification, or the emergency department (or doing nothing) when an assessment for a substance use disorder is indicated. These other services and modalities are crucial to this community. However, they are time consuming, expensive and potentially unsafe and dangerous when not clinically, medically or legally necessary or appropriate. Many consumers would not be seen in an emergency department, taken to jail, or admitted to detox, except for a shortage of viable alternative resources.
An estimated 300 persons are seen for a behavioral health assessment per month in the emergency department at the only health care facility currently in
Approximately 600 persons are admitted to the only non-hospital residential detoxification unit in
More than 750 people are arrested in
The National Surveys on Drug Use and Health estimates that 110,000
JAAC will charge less than one tenth the minimum cost for a substance use disorder assessment in an emergency department.
JAAC will connect or match the client, hook them up, and make the link based on the assessment of needs after a detailed and thorough assessment. JAAC counselors are aware of formal and informal resources, how to network, and how to gain access for their clients. All JAAC clients will leave their assessment visit with a discharge plan that has the next step(s) listed. If clients are denied access to the agencies deemed clinically and financially appropriate by JAAC, JAAC assumes the responsibility of advocacy until the client is accepted, admitted or enrolled in the program(s) best suited for them. Follow-up monitoring (one free visit within 30 calendar days of initial contact) is also offered to all clients. If additional case management services of linking, advocacy, or even reassessment and planning update and review, are indicated, there is no charge for such care.
JAAC is centrally located in Jefferson County (1 block south east of W. 6th Ave. and Wadsworth Blvd.) with easy access by W. 6th Ave. as well as public buses that run north and south regularly on Wadsworth Blvd. from: Arvada, Bow Mar, Conifer, Edgewater, Evergreen, Golden, Indian Hills, Lakeside, Lakewood, Littleton, Morrison, Mountain View, Superior, Westminster and Wheat Ridge. Non residents of