Dan Barden and Bryanda Acuna sit down with us to review various resources and programs available for MAT providers and patients to improve patient care and retention in treatment.
The value of programs such as police deflection programs (UMatter), the Arizona Angel Initiative, and syringe exchange programs are discussed as well whole patient approaches at the CODAC center which is one of Arizona's 24/7 Access Point Providers (Treatment Centers of Excellence).
Bryanda Acuna is an Arizona native currently working at CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness as a Peer Support Specialist for the UMatter TPD(Tucson Police Department) Deflection Program. Bryanda earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies and Human Development from The University of Arizona and has been working in the field for 9 years. Amongst other passions, Bryanda is a huge advocate for mental health as she, herself, has been in recovery for mental health for 5 years. Aside from her work at CODAC, Bryanda volunteers at NAMI(National Alliance for Mental Illness) as a Young Presenter for the Ending the Silence Program and devotes much of her time to changing the stigma on mental illness.
Dan Barden is Vice President for Clinical Services at CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness. He joined CODAC in December 2013. Previously he worked for 27 years in rural behavioral health agencies in southeastern Arizona serving in a variety of roles over the years with the last role being Chief Clinical Officer for Southeastern Arizona Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
He started his 30+ year career in behavioral health and integrated care working in substance use disorder residential treatment programs. He has since had many opportunities including having been the director of SMI day programs, adolescent day programs, vocational rehabilitation programs, Residential program directors, director of a 16-bed level one subacute Psychiatric Inpatient Facility, Intensive outpatient programs and other treatment services, Substance Abuse Services Director responsible for implementing Intensive Outpatient Programs and other treatment services to address substance use disorders across four counties of southeastern Arizona.
Currently at CODAC he oversees Alvernon and Cobblestone Court Outpatient programs as well as several specialty programs including: Medication Assisted Treatment for substance use disorders, the Criminal Justice Team, the Men’s Recovery Services, 20th St. transitional living program for men in recovery from substance use disorders, Women’s Recovery Services, Las Amigas residential program for women in recovery from substance use disorders and the Connie Hillman House, a transitional living program for women.