Our goal at San Diego Comprehensive Treatment Centers is to provide efficient admissions and intake procedures that will help new patients start treatment as quickly as possible. With that said, in order to ensure that all patients have a successful treatment experience, there is a considerable amount of important information that must be discussed and confirmed prior to receiving care. Please review the following information to prepare for your intake appointment.
The first step in the admissions process is verifying that you are eligible to receive treatment at one of our five centers. All patients at San Diego Comprehensive Treatment Centers must meet the following three criteria:
- All patients must be age 18 or older
- All patients must have been dependent on opioids for at least one year
- All patients must be in a state of withdrawal for at least 20 to 24 hours, unless they are pregnant or are transferring from detox or another program
Once we have confirmed that you are eligible for our services, we will schedule your intake appointment. All patients are required to bring the following to their intake appointment:
- Valid identification — We will accept a state-issued ID card, a driver’s license, or a passport.
- Payment for intake fees – Regardless of whether or not you intend to pay for treatment with insurance, you must pay your intake fees during this initial appointment. We will accept cash, money orders, or credit cards issued in your name. We cannot accept personal checks or payment by phone.
Please plan to be at our center for two to four hours on the day of your intake appointment. During this time, you will complete the following:
- Pay your intake fees
- Complete paperwork to document your personal, treatment, psychiatric, and medical history
- Inform us of any other medications that you are currently taking
- If transferring from another program or treatment provider, provide treatment records and all other appropriate documentation
- Complete a physical examination with one of our physicians
- Provide a urine sample for a drug screen
- Take a TB test, unless you can provide proof of having taken one in the past two years
- If you are female, you will be required to take a pregnancy test
- If you are pregnant, you must provide written consent from your OB/GYN to document that you are approved to receive medication assisted treatment. If you are not currently seeing an OB/GYN, you can consult with one of our staff members to get referrals for prenatal care.
Please note that we cannot guarantee that you will receive medication on your first day. All medications are prescribed by one of our medical staff members, who will determine appropriateness on a case-by-case basis.
If you have any questions about admissions criteria, intake procedures, or any other aspects of receiving care at San Diego Treatment Centers, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.