Rehabilitation facilities like Bella Monte Recovery Center provide a wide range of treatment modalities to ensure everyone has the opportunity to achieve and maintain long-term recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) and related conditions. Essential program services like medication-assisted treatment (MAT), psychotherapy, trauma therapy, and holistic treatments make it possible for our clinicians to provide personalized care for every client. The clinical team enhances each program and therapy by using incidental medical services (IMS) to create a safe and comfortable environment for lasting change.

What Are Incidental Medical Services?

According to the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), “IMS means optional services provided at a facility by a health care practitioner, or staff under the supervision of a health care practitioner, to address medical issues associated with detoxification, treatment, or recovery services.” Bella Monte Recovery Center is certified by DHCS and offers a range of IMS, including:

  • Regular drug screens
  • Peripheral treatment services
  • Acquiring client medical history
  • Monitoring health and progress during treatment
  • Medication management and reminders

IMS supports core treatment services by filling in essential details and providing necessary support to ensure your progress while monitoring the aspects of physical and mental health. Participating in certified programs that provide IMS can improve your treatment outcome and decrease stress.

How Does IMS Improve Treatment Outcomes?

Incidental medical services create safer treatment programs by ensuring clients have access to effective, high-quality care. Other ways it improves treatment outcomes include:

  • Clinicians and counselors have more detailed client information to create personalized treatment plans.
  • Clients have peace of mind knowing that their case managers have all the relevant information about their medical history.
  • Regular progress updates and incidental medical supervision ensure clinicians can adjust the treatment to meet recovery goals.

In addition to making a difference in treatment outcomes, IMS also ensures that prospective clients and their families know the high-quality services offered by Bella Monte Recovery Center and other facilities certified to provide IMS. You can trust the clinicians to provide compassionate care with your best interest in mind.

Frequently Asked Questions About IMS

IMS positively affects many aspects of rehabilitation and aftercare. However, many people have not heard of these services and are unaware of their importance. Below are some commonly asked questions about IMS.

#1. Are Rehabilitation Facilities Required to Provide Clients With IMS?

Rehabilitation facilities are not required to provide clients with IMS. Bella Monte Recovery Center values and respects the individuals participating in our programs. We support them using evidence-based methods and the highest quality services that have been reviewed and approved by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

#2. What Services Does IMS Not Include?

IMS does not include primary medical care or any medical service that requires specific training and certification. If you or your loved one needs specialized treatment that must be administered by a trained professional, Bella Monte Recovery Center will work with you to find a safe option. We provide referrals, and under certain circumstances, we can work with outside professionals to ensure our clients stay safe and healthy.

#3. What Are the Medical Supervision Requirements for New Clients?

According to DHCS, “All residential treatment facilities authorized to provide IMS must ensure that each resident that requires IMS is medically appropriate to receive such services.” To determine whether someone qualifies or not, “A screening and assessment must be performed by a licensed professional or certified/registered counselor face-to-face within 24 hours of admission, and reviewed by an approved [healthcare provider] acting within the scope of their license or certificate, no later than 72 hours after admission.” By ensuring that clients quickly and efficiently receive an assessment screening, our facility makes sure that clients have access to the right level of care in a reasonable amount of time.

How Do Incidental Services Improve Recovery?

IMS benefits clients, their families, clinicians, and facility support staff. A few ways IMS can improve mental and physical health include the following:

  • Ensuring clients have access to care that meets their personal, religious, and cultural preferences
  • Assistance in maintaining positive health changes through incidental support services
  • Provides clinicians access to all the details they need to address any underlying, co-occurring, or complicating mental and physical conditions

In addition to making treatment programs safer by providing personalized care, IMS can also improve your mental health and ensure you receive the necessary services to remain on track during treatment and ongoing recovery.

How Can IMS Help With Long-Term Recovery?

IMS allows clients to receive helpful services they may otherwise have to get through outside sources. In addition, the invaluable information provided during IMS questioning can help you make safer choices during treatment and recovery. Clients at Bella Monte Recovery Center collaborate with their care team to develop a comprehensive aftercare plan. IMS can decrease the risk of relapse by bringing any potential problem areas to the attention of the client and care team.

Bella Monte Recovery Center is certified to offer our clients valuable treatment features, including incidental medical services (IMS). Case managers and the clinical team at our facility use IMS to ensure that everyone participating in our programs receives personalized care and access to all the resources they need to achieve and maintain long-term sobriety. Recovery from substance misuse often requires a variety of medical and therapeutic services. IMS ensures you receive the best support. Various IMS-related services, including gathering a personal medical history, gives our team the details they need to tailor treatment to your unique circumstances. We prioritize the healing process and ensure our clients have access to high-quality holistic care. The team at Bella Monte Recovery Center uses every resource at our disposal to provide the best possible outcome. Contact us today to learn more about IMS we offer by calling our office at (800) 974-1938