It was a pleasure to see you at this year’s AATOD Conference in Atlanta. This conference was one of the best yet and we are very pleased that many of our partners/customers took time out of their busy conference schedules to visit with us. Thanks also to everyone else who spent time at our booth getting to know our company and product. We appreciate the opportunity to become personally acquainted with you and your organization. If you would like more information about SMART Software please contact us.
Within the conference hall, SMART’s partner APT Foundation was one of this year’s poster presenters. Their presentations were focused on: “Integrating Overdose Prevention into an Opioid Treatment Program”, “Community Based Overdose Prevention- Providing Naloxone in Methadone Maintenance Programming”, “Integrating Horticultural Therapy into an Opioid Treatment Program” and “Integrating an Opioid Treatment Program into a Correctional Facility”. The presentations provide excellent ideas on how to expand and improve treatment programs.
We would like to congratulate Peggy Healy, Executive Vice President of The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), winner of SMART’s AATOD 2015 iPad Air gift give-away! The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock is the only academic health sciences university in the state of Arkansas. Thank you to all who participated!
The various presenters were a particularly strong point of this year’s conference. Of note was the OTP Health Homes presentation by our own Peter Morris CFOO of Discovery House / SMART, Michael Rizzi President and CEO of CODAC and Susan Storti, PHD, RN Administrative Coordinator for Rhode Island Opioid Treatment Program Health Homes Initiative.
The Awards Banquet was filled with powerful speakers and presenters including Master of Ceremonies and President of AATOD Mark Parrino, MBA, and Herman Joseph, PhD who was part of the original research team that started methadone treatment at The Rockefeller University in the 1960s. They introduced the award recipients while also sharing their invaluable wealth of knowledge.
Peter Shumlin the Governor of Vermont was presented with the “Friend of the Field Award” for his extraordinary contributions and support in the field of methadone treatment. Although not directly serving in the field, the nationwide awareness that he has brought to substance abuse treatment has made a huge impact.
One of the evenings highlights was witnessing our own Richard Froncillo, LCDS Patient Ombudsman and PATOD President receive the prestigious Nyswander/Dole Award. Rick was recognized and honored for his lifelong mission of improving the lives of opioid dependent patients.
This annual conference has proven to be a valuable resource for information and critical treatment updates necessary for SMART to keep our software and software partners up-to-date with the latest program advances.
“The American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) works with federal agencies and state substance abuse authorities concerning opioid treatment policy. The Association developed the State Methadone Guidelines (1993) and conjunction with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). These guidelines have been translated into French, Italian and Spanish and distributed to more than 20 countries. (Remove:The Association is presently assisting CSAT in the development of an updated, encyclopedic Opioid Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP), Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Treatment for Opioid Addiction”