With the death of Seafarers Addictions Rehabilitation Center (SARC) Director John Gallagher, the SIU-affiliated facility has been left without an immediate replacement for him. In an effort to ensure uninterrupted assistance, the Seafarers Health and Benefits Plan (SHBP) Trustees took immediate action to provide for inpatient coverage.
Therefore, effective Dec. 8, 2022, eligible SHBP participants who want to attend the SARC under the Plan’s Rules and Regulations shall be eligible to receive inpatient rehabilitation services for substance use disorders at other facilities. These services will be covered at the same levels as other inpatient medical services.
This action shall remain in effect until the SARC resumes full services. If a member is in need of a substance abuse professional (SAP) in the meantime, there are links on the Department of Transportation website (www.transportation.gov/) which can direct those members to available resources.
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