Clients are assigned to individualized therapy tracks based on the diagnosis made during their assessment. “In the different tracks, we’re using evidence-based psychotherapies that have been designed by international experts,” Katz said.
For clients with a substance use disorder in addition to an acute stress disorder or acute PTSDPost-Traumatic Stress Disorder
For clients with a substance use disorder and chronic PTSDMajor Depression
For clients with a substance use disorder and clinical depressionGrief
For clients with a substance use disorder and complicated griefBehavioral Health
For clients with one of the above diagnoses but no substance use disorder
The mission of the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is to offer treatment for successful recovery and help IAFF members return to the job. Located on a 15-acre campus in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, the facility is surrounded by a lightly wooded area and beautiful natural scenery. The campus has units for different levels of care, with 64 beds total. The campus also has outdoor picnic areas, nature trails and a sand volleyball court. “The idea is to make this a place that would feel very familiar to a fire fighter,” Katz said. “It has to be a total experience and not just about the treatment.”
The IAFF Center of Excellence is committed to providing professional care with compassion and kindness. Firefighters are also asked to commit to certain standards and comply with facility rules during their stay.
Smoking is allowed in designated smoking areas during established break times. No smoking is allowed within 25 feet of any building.
Each fire fighter will be assigned three designated phone days per week. During their designated phone time, fire fighters may use the phone for up to 20 minutes. No calls may be made during the first 72 hours of treatment.