1. What is the purpose of the DART Program?
2. How long has the DART Program been providing services through the Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc.?
3. What communities are served?
4. What services does the DART Program provide?
5. Who is eligible for services?
6. How can I apply for services?
What is the purpose of the DART Program?
It is the mission of the DART Program to provide direct comprehensive and integrated services to those individuals diagnosed with opiate dependency. These services are provided in a professional and humanistic treatment environment in which all clients are treated with dignity and respect and encouraged to work towards recognition and insight into their addiction as a lifelong process.
What services does the DART Program provide?
Treatment services are presented in a milieu orientation and include the administration of methadone over a period of time to reduce withdrawal symptoms, control cravings and permit normal functioning so that clients can develop a productive lifestyle. Clinical interventions are provided in both individual and group settings and relate to the biopsychosocial antecedents of addiction (ex: insight into chemical dependency, family issues, legal, health, mental health, vocation, housing). Some of these services are provided through outside agents whom the DART Program has established service agreements with.
Who is eligible for services?
A candidate must reside in Erie County, exemptions are provided to outlying counties that lack methadone services, must be at least 18 years old, must demonstrate opiate dependency based upon satisfying specific diagnostic criteria (DSM-IV), must have at least one prior formal treatment experience and must express a desire for recovery.