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Posted 03/28/21

Congratulations to Senior Executive Director Josh Vigderman and his entire team at Merakey Parkside Recovery sites in Philadelphia for recently being named as Opioid Centers of Excellence (COE) by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services!

What is an Opioid Center of Excellence?

In 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf introduced the Centers of Excellence for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) as one solution to the growing overdose crisis within the state, as well as a solution to the barrier of engaging and retaining clients with OUD in treatment.

The COEs were designed to engage the community to identify all persons with OUD and make sure every person with OUD achieves optimal health. This means COEs take care of the whole person, including OUD treatment, physical health treatment and mental health treatment.

The COE graphic below has been added to the Merakey website to show that Merakey provides real solutions to save lives and helps people get the treatment they need to live long, productive lives.

Merakey Parkside Recovery locations in Philadelphia are designated by the PA Department of Human Services as:

​​​​​​​Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition!