The Division of Public Health Programs provides integrated medical and psychiatric treatment and consultation for patients with substance use disorders in outpatient and inpatient settings. Faculty provide education and conduct research on topics related to substance use issues including: studying the integrated care model, epidemiology and treatment of Hepatitis C infection in drug users, and understanding immunity in opioid users. The division's faculty and staff offer clinical care including treatment of PTSD in returning Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans, healthcare workforce mental health treatment and referral, medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid users, and alcohol and substance use treatment to a wide range of patients in different settings employing a number of modalities.
Patient care is provided by the Division of Public Health Programs at several centers of excellence, that encompass a wide range of expertise:
The Midtown Center for Treatment and Research
The Midtown Center for Treatment and Research is an outpatient program that treats the full spectrum of patients with alcohol and chemical dependency problems. Ann B. Beeder, M.D., Chief of the Division of Public Health Programs, serves as Medical Director of this center. The center offers:
- Outpatient alcohol and drug treatment
- Group and individual counseling
- Psychiatric treatment
- Medication assisted treatment program with integrated medical and psychiatric services
- A Suboxone Treatment Program
PTSD Program for Combat Veterans
The Headstrong Project at Weill Cornell Medical College provides evidence-based treatment for combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. Leading experts in their fields at Weill Cornell Medical Center provide free and confidential treatment for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in NYC and the tri-state area.
Vincent P. Dole Institute for Treatment and Research
The Vincent P. Dole Institute for Treatment and Research belongs to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Ambulatory Care Network. The Vincent P. Dole Treatment and Research Institute provides:
- Comprehensive and Individualized methadone maintenance treatment
- A monthly maintenance track
- A detoxification and aftercare track
- A buprenorphine track
- Integrated medical, prevention and psychiatric services
- Counseling, psychosocial and vocational recovery services
- Ongoing continuing educational programs for staff and patients
Both the Midtown Center and the Vincent P. Dole Institute serve as sites for the study of the prevention and treatment of dependency diseases, as well as outreach, evaluation and treatment of patients with Hepatitis C.
Employee Assistance Program Consortium (EAPC)
The Employee Assistance Program, directed by Gerard Ilaria, L.C.S.W., serves the approximately 36,000 employees of Weill Cornell Medical College, Rockefeller University, Hospital for Special Surgery, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The program provides free and confidential evaluation, crisis intervention, and referrals for a wide range of problems affecting employees. The EAPC also offers free group sessions on topics such as stress reduction, caring for elderly parents, and a variety of mental health topics as suggested by its members.