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Healthy Connections

Healthy Connections is a CHC based in Mena with locations in central and southwestern Arkansas. It offers MAT at five clinics: Little Rock, two in Hot Springs, Mena, and Mt. Ida.

There are five health care providers who treat with MAT: Dr. Terry Jefferson, Dr. Leslie Ward, Jennifer Kesterson APRN, Mary Catherine Callison APRN, and Lindy Jumper APRN.

  • Little Rock: 1100 N. University Ave, Suite 200
  • Hot Springs: 3604 Central Ave., Suite D and 1723 Malvern Ave.
  • Mena: 136 Health Park Lane
  • Mount Ida: 534 Luzerne

(888) 710-8220
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Healthy Connections


How does one make an appointment? Is telehealth available?

For an appointment, call the Healthy Connections scheduling department at (888) 710-8220. Telehealth appointments are available.

What does MAT treatment at Healthy Connections involve?

Patients need to follow the protocols designed for MAT patient, drug screens, etc.

They will also be expected to attend counseling services that are held on site or within a clinic close to their treatment. MAT is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. It is also important to address other health conditions during treatment.


What type of addictions are eligible for treatment?


Many types including alcohol, illegal, and prescription drugs.


What costs are involved? Any assistance offered?


Cost is dependent upon insurance. If the patient has no insurance and qualifies for sliding scale fees, arrangements can be made.


What medications are used?


Alcohol Use Disorder Medications - Acamprosate, disulfiram, and naltrexone are the most common drugs used to treat alcohol use disorder. They do not provide a cure for the disorder but are most effective in people who participate in a MAT program.


Opioid Dependency Medications - Buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone are used to treat opioid use disorders to short-acting opioids such as heroin, morphine, and codeine, as well as semi-synthetic opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several different medications to treat alcohol and opioid use disorders. MAT medications relieve the withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body. Medications used for MAT are evidence-based treatment options and do not just substitute one drug for another.


Do you offer social support services, such as help with food, housing, and transportation?




Anything else about the program?


We offer full recovery addiction therapy.  With the combination of medication and therapy we can successfully treat these disorders, and for some people struggling with addiction, MAT can help sustain recovery. The ultimate goal of our MAT program is full recovery, including the ability to live a self-directed life. The program also aims to improve patient survival, increase retention in treatment, and decrease illicit opiate use and other criminal activity among people with substance use disorders, increase patients’ ability to gain and maintain employment, and improve birth outcomes among women who have substance use disorders and are pregnant.


Additionally, we incorporate a set of psychiatric nurse practitioners who are specially trained to work in the mental health field. They assess patients, study their medical histories and perform comprehensive mental-health testing. PMHNPs also assist in the medical management of the patients care to assure our MAT patients are getting the full benefits of our program.

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