The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is expanding services at the Walter B. Jones Center to include outpatient opioid treatment, the department announced Thursday.

The Outpatient Opioid Treatment Program provides outpatient treatment for adults with opioid use disorder and offers medication assisted treatment, which helps ease the symptoms of withdrawal.

“Substance use disorder is a disease that is wreaking havoc on too many North Carolinians and their families,” said Kody H. Kinsley, the department’s deputy secretary for behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities. “It is imperative that we provide a continuum of treatment options to support people living healthy, productive lives.”

This will be the first outpatient service line for the the department’s Alcohol and drug Abuse Treatment Centers. The R.J. Blackley Center in Butner and the Julian F. Keith Center in Black Mountain are to open outpatient treatment services at a later date.

People treated at the Jones center pay on a sliding fee scale according to their income. Adults can see if they qualify for opioid treatment program services through a scheduled appointment with a licensed clinician by calling 252-707-5208 or by walking in for an assessment, Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–noon.

The facility is located at 2577 W. Fifth St. For more information about the facility, visit www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/dsohf/walter-b-jones.

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-329-9570.