A hallmark of Saint Louis University is respectful, effective, mutually-beneficial community-academic partnership with agencies throughout the region. Family and Community Medicine participates in this tradition with several community partners.
Saint Louis County Department of Public Health
The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health strives to keep St. Louis County one of the best places in the region to live, work, or visit. This is accomplished by regularly assessing the health and environment of the county and responding with sound policies that help assure the availability of high-quality public health services for everyone.
In 2013, the Department of Family and Community Medicine entered into a contract with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health to provide physician services at their community health centers.
Our faculty physicians provide direct patient care, collaborative agreements with the full-time physician assistant, nurse practitioner, clinical pharmacist, and administrative leadership for a vibrant interprofessional collaborative practice.
In 2010, the Department of Family and Community Medicine entered into a contract with the St. Louis County Department of Health to provide physician services and on-call coverage for their corrections medicine program.
Together, these physicians provide direct patient care, collaborative agreements with the full-time physician assistant, nurse practitioner, clinical pharmacist, and administrative leadership for a vibrant interprofessional collaborative practice.
Assisted Recovery Centers of America (ARCA)
ARCA has been providing addiction, behavioral health, and co-occurring disorder services since 2001. In 2018, Fred Rottnek, M.D., MAHCM, contracted with ARCA as their Medical Director. ARCA provides in-person and telehealth services to 19 agencies and 37 sites in Missouri and is on-track to provide services to 36,000 patients in 2018. ARCA partners with the Missouri State Department of Mental Health and the Missouri State Opioid Response to provide patient care, provider education, and practice management expertise to partnering agencies.
The ARCA philosophy is grounded in scientific evidence-based research which indicates that the most effective way to treat the disorder of addiction is through a combination of anti-craving medications paired with psychiatric and behavioral counseling care on an outpatient. This approach allows the recovery process to take place in the patient’s home and natural environment.
The ARCA programs are focused on four key aspects:
- Medical withdrawal management,
- Anti-craving medications,
- Concurrent treatment of any co-occurring psychiatric disorder,
- Sustained and individualized therapy on an individual, group, and family basis to prevent relapses and achieve long-term recovery.