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UHC to close Medical Detox Unit

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Posted at 4:53 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 17:53:16-04

LAFAYETTE — After nearly six years, University Hospital & Clinics is closing their inpatient Medical Detox Unit.

According to Lafayette General Health, the 12-bed inpatient unit provided a detox setting for individuals experiencing a substance abuse disorder. The decision to close came after careful consideration, and in consultation with Compass Health.

"We have decided to close our Medical Detox Unit. The national trend within the substance abuse treatment industry, and the standard of care for detoxification, has transitioned to the outpatient setting. Because of treatment moving to the outpatient setting, the census on UHC's Medical Detox Unit has dropped over the past 18 months, admitting only about 45 patients per month," a release on the closure states.

The Unit will close on September 15, 2019.

LGH officials say that this closure will not create job loss for LGH employees as those working on the Medical Detox Unit are employees of Compass Health. LGH says that Compass Health has shared that, they will work to place patients in need of detox in other Compass Health settings.

"We will assist any future patients seeking detoxification and help them to identify appropriate outpatient programs."