CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Now Participating Provider for IAFF Center of Excellence

January 9 • 2019

Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield is now a participating provider with the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery, giving members who are Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield policy holders greater and more affordable access to this critical, life-saving treatment for post-traumatic stress, substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues.

The IAFF Center of Excellence is a full-service treatment facility located outside of Washington, DC, specializing in comprehensive care for professional fire fighters and paramedics struggling with substance abuse, addiction, post-traumatic stress and co-occurring mental health issues.

A collaboration between the IAFF and integrated behavioral healthcare management company Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS), the Center is a Maryland-licensed treatment provider for both substance use disorder and mental health. An accredited provider of behavioral healthcare services by The Joint Commission, the facility is available to active and retired IAFF members.

The Center of Excellence is also a participating provider with United Behavioral Health, Aetna Health, Cigna Behavioral Health, Humana Behavioral Health, MultiPlan, First Health Group, Healthcare Solutions Group and others.

Please note that status as a participating provider does not indicate that there will be no out-of-pocket costs. Please verify insurance coverage by calling CareFirst if you are a CareFirst member.

Since opening in March 2017, more than 600 members throughout the United States and Canada have sought treatment at the Center of Excellence, with many returning to their active-duty fire service careers. The Center of Excellence is staffed with experts with a core understanding of the unique work our members do and has developed treatment protocols specifically to their needs.

Learn more here about the IAFF Center of Excellence or call (855) 385-4335 to coordinate an admission.