FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Summit Psychological Associates (SPA) announced today it is expanding its VIVITROL treatment program (VTP) to Portage County beginning August 3, 2016. The VTP is a medication assisted treatment (MAT) program that provides opiate and heroin addicted clients with wrap-around services tailored to their individual mental health and substance abuse needs.heroin-opiate-treatment

SPA will assess client’s chemical dependency and treatment readiness. The program offers outpatient and aftercare substance abuse groups, as well as individual sessions. Mental health treatment is a requirement for receiving VIVITROL injections through SPA. In addition to VIVITROL injections, Summit Psychological Associates provides: psychiatry, mental health counseling and case management services. Clients receive treatment services based on clinical recommendations tailored to their individual needs. Summit Psychological Associates will accept referrals from the Portage County court system and will also treat individual clients interested in evidence-based drug treatment programs.

“We have been treating clients in our VIVITROL Treatment Program for nearly two years and are now expanding those services into our Ravenna offices in Portage County,” said Deborah Walsh, Ph.D., Clinical Director for Summit Psychological Associates. “Clients in the program, on average, experience drastic decreases in opiate, alcohol and marijuana cravings. Many of our clients have previously experienced multiple relapses and have tried several other treatment avenues before finding success with our program. Clients continue to report positive life changes attributed to the VIVITROL Treatment Program. We look forward to expanding this program into Ravenna and its surrounding communities.”

For general information on the VIVITROL Treatment Program, contact Deborah Walsh at or visit

For court referrals or appointments in Portage County, contact the Summit Psychological Associates’ Ravenna office at 330.296.3700.