COVID-19 Safety Precautions
The Center of Excellence is now fully operational to serve members who may be in need of behavioral health support. As of March 15, 2021, clients who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are now permitted to travel by air or other means of mass transit. Those who have not been vaccinated are still eligible for admission, but will need to drive or be driven to campus.
The IAFF Center of Excellence prioritizes member safety above all else and is committed to facilitating connection to the highest quality care at all times. No member will ever be told they are unable to receive help, even if that means it is not onsite temporarily. Please continue to use the outreach team as a resource for any behavioral health needs. For additional details and admission restrictions, click here.
During COVID-19, the IAFF is offering online recovery meetings for members coping with or in recovery from an alcohol or substance use problem. Meetings embrace multiple pathways to recovery, including Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), SMART recovery, harm reduction and medication assisted treatment. No pre-registration needed. Online meeting schedule: www.iaff.org/behavioral-health/#online-recovery-meetings.
This toolkit is designed to provide affiliate leaders with information and resources to ensure your members have access to the Center of Excellence.
Created in partnership with Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS), the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is a flagship recovery center exclusively for IAFF members struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, substance and alcohol abuse, depression, anxiety and other behavioral health conditions to receive the help they need in taking the first steps toward recovery.
The Center of Excellence is a voluntary treatment facility designed by fire fighters for fire fighters with a mission to address the unique medical, psychological and social needs of IAFF members facing behavioral health issues.
Staff are trained to understand the cumulative effect of occupational trauma, as well as the clinical implications of fire service culture and lifestyle. Treatment plans are designed to return fire fighters to the career, community and family they love.
This process is completely confidential. Center staff cannot discuss treatment with anyone — the fire department, family or friends — unless given explicit permission by the client. This applies before, during and after treatment at the IAFF Center of Excellence.
The IAFF Center of Excellence has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Behavioral Healthcare Accreditation.