The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery

Through a partnership between the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) and Advanced Recovery Systems, a nationwide leader in rehabilitation and behavioral health, the IAFF Center of Excellence is a flagship recovery center where IAFF members can heal from behavioral health conditions.

The first of its kind, the IAFF Center of Excellence offers treatment exclusively for fire fighters, dispatchers and first responders. We offer treatment for mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complicated grief, along with rehab for drug and alcohol abuse.

Our Facility

Located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, the IAFF Center for Excellence is approximately 30 minutes from Washington, DC, and an hour from Dulles International Airport. Designed with fire fighters in mind, our 15-acre campus is ideal for focusing on treatment and recovery. Our dual-diagnosis rehab programs balance medical support with mental health counseling, while our recreational therapies facilitate whole-person healing.

 

Our Location

IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery
13400 Edgemeade Rd
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

(301) 358-0192

www.iaffrecoverycenter.com

Levels of Care

Important Notice Regarding COVID-19:

We are closely monitoring all developments associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of all patients, employees and the communities we serve. This means some off-site activities or other programming have been postponed or moved to telehealth offerings. Your cooperation during this time is greatly appreciated.

Now Offering Online Counseling Services

Getting treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues with online rehab and counseling just got easier. The IAFF Center of Excellence now offers teletherapy treatment for fire fighters and first responders who are struggling from substance abuse and mental health issues.

At Advanced Recovery Systems, patient safety is our top priority. We remain open and committed to providing critical addiction treatment. We are closely monitoring all developments associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of all patients, employees and the communities we serve.

To ensure you have full access to our rehab and therapy services, know that our staff is experienced and trained in telehealth and online counseling services for mental health, addiction, and overall drug and alcohol rehab support.

We’re still here for you during the coronavirus pandemic, because we’re in this together.

Paying for Rehab

At the IAFF Center of Excellence, we accept:

Our Staff

Our full-time medical and clinical staff at the IAFF Center of Excellence empower people to get back to the careers they love with renewed health and vitality.

We are always looking for dedicated clinical staff to join our Center of Excellence team.

See Open Positions

Marc Rattigan
Marc Rattigan
Executive Director
Jes Corey
Jes Corey
Clinical Director

Abby Morris
Abby Morris
Medical Director
Marisa Hall
Marisa Hall
Director of Nursing

Our Accreditations

The IAFF Center of Excellence is accredited by The Joint Commission and licensed by the state of Maryland for both substance abuse treatment and mental health treatment. 

Related: IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery Awarded Cigna Center of Excellence Designation

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Tour Our Facility

Tour the IAFF Center of Excellence virtually to view or facility and amenities.

Amenities

“I, myself, am in recovery, so I identify with these fire fighters. I’ve been on their side, but I have never been to an inpatient facility that serves the food that I do. I think that is special and deserving of this group.”

Zachary Pope, Food Director at  IAFF Center of Excellence in Maryland

Depending on the level of care, indoor and outdoor amenities at the IAFF Center of Excellence may include:

  • Swimming pool
  • Recreation room with foosball and pool tables
  • Fully equipped exercise gym
  • Basketball court
  • Volleyball court
  • Wood-lined walking trails
  • Yoga and mindfulness therapy
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Computer lab
  • Off-site activities

IAFF Center of Excellence volleyball court

What to Expect

It’s our goal to provide each IAFF member with a safe environment, free from familiar triggers, distractions and stress. Knowing what to expect during rehab can help inform clients about what to bring along and prepare them for a positive treatment experience.

We recommend that all clients bring:

  • Insurance and pharmacy card and a state ID or driver’s license
  • One week’s worth of season-appropriate clothing, including workout clothing and a jacket or sweater for indoors
  • Prepaid credit card or cash, which will be retained by staff when not in use
  • Sealed (unopened) alcohol-free toiletries, including shampoo and conditioner, sunscreen, face wash, lotion and feminine products
  • Any tobacco product you wish to use during the length of your stay if you’re under the age of 21

The following items aren’t permitted at the IAFF Center of Excellence:

  • Drugs or alcohol, drug paraphernalia and clothing depicting drugs
  • Products that contain alcohol, including hand sanitizer, mouthwash and other toiletries
  • Vaporizers (vaping devices, vapes)
  • Weapons (including pocket knives)
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What Does the Treatment Process Look Like?

The IAFF Center of Excellence is licensed to offer evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders and mental health conditions, whether or not the issues co-occur. Specialists at the center formulate treatment plans to address one or both conditions for each client, depending on their needs.

Rehab at the IAFF Center of Excellence is tailored to each IAFF member’s unique needs. However, regardless of a client’s specific treatment plan, rehab usually follows an outlined process, beginning with an evaluation and ending with aftercare planning.

  • Intake Evaluation

    Upon arrival at our facility, IAFF members participate in a comprehensive screening process that includes mandatory searches and a medical exam. We evaluate past and current drug use, along with mental and physical health to create a treatment plan for each client.

  • Clinically Managed Detox, If Applicable

    If an IAFF member needs treatment for drug or alcohol abuse, they will likely first go through clinically managed detox to cleanse their body of drugs or alcohol. This essential level of care prepares people to transition to further rehab programming, like inpatient treatment.

  • Substance Abuse Treatment

    After participating in detox, clients who struggle with drug or alcohol abuse can enroll in further programming for substance abuse, including inpatient, partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient care. In addition to medical support, mental health counseling is included in each level of care. Once it’s deemed medically appropriate, clients can also transition to outpatient programming in preparation for returning to daily life after rehab.

  • Mental Health Treatment

    For clients who do not need substance abuse treatment, we offer a variety of programs (inpatient through outpatient) to address behavioral health concerns like PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief and other conditions.

  • Aftercare Planning

    All clients leave rehab with a solid aftercare plan that outlines necessary follow-up appointments with doctors and therapists. Our case managers work with each client to set up aftercare plans with recommendations specific to a client’s hometown.

What Our Clients Say

Chris H.
19:54 01 Dec 21
COE turned my life around. I needed to be here a long time ago. If you are questioning if you should make the phone call or not, then you need to make the call.
C M
19:04 01 Dec 21
The Center of Excellence is an amazing facility with amazing staff and Marc really cars about all the men and women there. If you are a firefighter, paramedic, emt and are struggling this is the place to come. It has changed my life. I am so thankful for everyone at the COE
Focwa 7.
19:46 22 Nov 21
If you need the help ask for it there's no shame in asking! Was a great experience! Wasn't expecting anyone to understand where I was coming from, no one would understand my story, I was wrong! If you go this is the place to let it all out. The staff was wonderful and the brothers and sisters were very open and comforting to one another. If you go "stay on the path you will find your way home"
Paul R.
00:54 21 Nov 21
The IAFF Center of Excellence saved my life. The clinicians and staff truly care for the firefighters, Paramedics, and EMT’s rehabilitating at the facility. They treat patients with dignity and respect and are as accommodating as can be in a residential treatment facility. Rehabilitation alongside other IAFF members creates a bond among patients that speaks to the life of the brotherhood of the fire service. IAFF members looking to rehab there should consider bringing their own bedding and towels. Bedding and towels are provided but more comfortable provisions for a long-term stay are recommended. All in all, the CoE is a top-notch rehabilitation center for firefighters.
Kenneth M.
18:16 19 Nov 21
The Center of Excellence help me find life again. This place is uniquely its ability to provide a space for fire fighters to safely work through any traumatic events or substance abuse struggles that may be affecting the lives. The things that I’ve learned here will continue to help maintain mental health and live life fully. It exceeded my expectations and I will forever be grateful to have had the opportunity to begin my healing here.
David Howey J.
21:14 13 Nov 21
20 years of suffering with PTSD from 9-11. Then having my 2nd marriage circling the drain and the death of one of my sons I checked in at the center . The staff is amazing they totally understand how firefighters act and think they helped me get my life back together and brought me out of the darkness.
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Alumni Testimonials

Angela and Jeff both struggled with substance use and the pressures that come along with their jobs as firefighters. With the help of the IAFF Center of Excellence, both Angela and Jeff are on their path to life long recovery. You are not alone in your recovery journey with mental health, substance abuse, and PTSD. The IAFF Center Of Excellence is here to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that you may have questions about rehab. We’re always willing to answer frequently asked questions about rehab, including:

  • Is rehab confidential?

    Yes, rehab at the IAFF Center of Excellence is always confidential, and your presence here will only be disclosed to the people you choose. Your union leaders, fellow fire fighters, friends and family members will not be informed of your treatment without your consent.

  • Is cell phone use allowed during treatment?

    Cell phones will be securely stored upon arrival and returned at discharge. Following an initial adjustment period upon arrival, clients may use our facility’s phones three times a week.

  • Will the IAFF Center of Excellence pay for traveling to rehab?

    No, our facility does not pay for transportation to or from the center, but representatives can help clients coordinate travel arrangements, if necessary.

    Read About Traveling to Rehab

  • How long does rehab last at the IAFF Center of Excellence?

    Treatment program lengths at the IAFF Center of Excellence vary depending on each client’s needs. We understand that many fire fighters and first responders may be concerned about time spent away from their jobs, but typically, the longer a person stays in treatment, the better equipped they are to handle life after rehab.

Call our facility, view answers to other frequently asked questions or read our full what to expect guide for more answers about rehab.

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