C4 Recovery Solutions, and its legacy organizations COB and COBB, helped to initiate seed or drive a range of endeavors, some of which benefited and still to this day benefit those who suffer from the disease of addiction. Because of the global nature of our organization, after our initial success in the United States with NJSAI, C4 Recovery Solutions sought out a range of projects across the globe where we felt we could harness the power of our professional experience, our collaborative networks and or belief in the value of outcomes based systems to drive treatment management and funding for the benefit of addiction treatment and society as a whole.
C4 in 2018 & 2019
New Services for New Constituencies: Building upon C4’s widely recognized brand in the substance use disorder/addiction space, and its history of successful programs, C4 will be expanding its current projects as well as moving into some new segments of the behavioral health field that currently are underserved. Specifically, C4 will be improving its knowledge sharing capabilities to include rigorous academic research through a new distance-learning program and academy that will provide in-depth education to policymakers, community leaders, educators, providers, executives, and other stakeholders in the field. C4 also has undertaken a major initiative to organize its various offerings to more seamlessly address the needs of the behavioral health and substance use stakeholder community.
Capacity Building: C4 is developing a plan to help the law enforcement and first responder community as they increase the availability of Pre-Arrest Diversion programs. (PAD). Pre-Arrest Diversion is a law enforcement approach that provides alternatives to arrest and incarceration related to low intensity crimes committed as a result of a substance use condition. With over 250 pilot projects already underway in the US, and similar programs in Europe, this trend is developing rapidly and represents a significant change in how communities respond to the criminogenic challenges caused by substance use disorder. While the law enforcement and criminal justice systems are aggressively developing, and implementing these kinds of programs, the substance use community has inadequate capacity to provide the necessary treatment services. In fact, the current capacity of the substance use treatment community will have to triple in size as law enforcement programs come online nationwide. This creates a tremendous demand for new treatment infrastructure, providers, innovative funding models, and protocols and methods to allow for the seamless collaboration needed to support law enforcement initiatives. C4, as a recognized provider of education and strategy, is taking a leadership position to help the behavioral health field respond.
Professional and Continuing Education
Knowledge Sharing Exchanges: C4 operates a total of five (5) “Knowledge Sharing Exchanges,” each of which is an organically developed and fully self-sustaining substance use treatment conference with a mission of improving access to high- quality, ethical, and effective treatment services for patients, their families, and society. C4 accomplishes its mission by assembling leading experts, policymakers, payers, providers, and other stakeholders at highly-regarded lecture/workshop conferences. Current conferences include two annual Symposia on Addictive Disorders -- West Coast (WCSAD) and Cape Cod (CCSAD), Clinical Overview of the Recovery Experience (CORE), Addiction Executives Industry Summit (AXIS), and The Evolution of Addiction Treatment. C4 has an aggressive development program to evaluate and implement academically rigorous education opportunities to support treatment providers, community leaders, and first-responders who must address the challenges created by substance use and addiction.
Mentor (Experiential) Training & International Professional Exchange Program (GAP-X): An individualized learning experience. GAP-X, which C4 operates in partnership with the Levenson Foundation, is a global addiction professional exchange program that fosters and funds the bi-lateral exchange of individual addiction professionals between US providers and participating partner addiction treatment programs. Each custom program is a formal collaboration with a variety of professionals and treatment providers designed to help bridge cultural, ethnic, political, international, academic, and religious gaps that inhibit the advancement of addiction treatment sciences around the world.
International Education Programs
iCAAD: C4 promotes the use of harmonized global frameworks for substance use and addiction treatment. C4 is a partner and financial supporter of iCAAD, a UK-based international platform dedicated to expanding knowledge, exchanging ideas and advancing the industry in the prevention and treatment of emotional, behavioral and mental health issues. C4 works directly with iCAAD to host European conferences and educational events focused on encouraging dialogue and education related to addiction treatment and providing support in the development of new policy. Additionally, the partnership is actively developing an online information and research repository.
Special Trainings: Actively coordinate and host semi-annual European trainings focused on trauma and violence against women and compassion fatigue. Most addiction treatment providers lack the formal training and education they need to deliver trauma-informed care. In partnership with Kathleen O’Hara, LPC, C4 has delivered trainings to over 500 professionals across Europe.
System Development & Advocacy
Turkey: Through an extensive discovery and research program, C4 partners with two separate municipalities (selected for lack of formal treatment infrastructure / resources) in Istanbul, Turkey to develop and launch two sustainable continuums of recovery services that are patient- informed, practice based and driven by proximal and long term clinical outcomes. The two systems were launched in 2014, currently employ over 30 employees and have treated over 2,000 individuals and their families since inception. C4 currently subsidizes and provides ongoing management and training support services for these treatment systems.
Advocacy: C4 is actively developing advocacy and engagement templates and support programs. For example, in Turkey, C4 works closely with local partners to help achieve municipal support for the creation of substance use treatment facilities. Absent this advocacy work, it is likely that these treatment centers would never have come into existence. In the U.S, C4 provides financial support and advisory consultation to New Jersey Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NJ NCADD) to support NJ citizens and the addiction recovery community in mobilization and advocacy for policy-related changes at a local level. Specifically, NJ provides direct support, recruitment, maintenance, education and dissemination of information in collaboration with ten (10) recovery community leaders (affiliate network) throughout New Jersey to effectively lobby on behalf of all constituents within the state.
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