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New electronic health record system, ACADIA Wisconsin 

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Madison staff with SMART Trainer

SMART’s electronic health record system is now operating at Acadia’s four CARF Accredited treatment centers in Wisconsin.  These clinics are a part of their larger network that provides medically assisted treatment to individuals suffering from addiction.  This includes treatment with Methadone, Buprenorphine, Suboxone, and Vivitrol. Their expert staff supports medically assisted treatment with well-rounded therapy sessions.

Electronic Health Record System for Organizational Uniformity

Acadia chose SMART’s electronic health record system to support paperless operations, insurance billing, and to create uniformity across their network. For enterprise organizations uniformity is crucial. With SMART’s cloud-based EHR storage of all clinic’s information is in one place. By doing this, establishment of corporate model and forms, services, and reporting is made easy. And, insurance, self-pay account management, and reporting functions are simplified with data-entry-free billing.

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10th Street Team with Trainer Sandy

Simplifying Transitioning – New Electronic Health Record System

Moving to a new EHR can be challenging. Many of our Training Team members have experience working within clinics. They understand the challenges faced every day. Because of this, they are passionate about making transitioning as hassle-free as possible. Acadia Clinical Supervisor, Quillan, shared that, “The Trainers were very personable, professional, and knowledgeable. We enjoyed working with them, their experience and mastery of the system was evident and their ability to present the information in meaningful and understandable terms was remarkable. We especially appreciate their patience and willingness to work with us individually and walk us thru the steps, in some cases repeatedly, until we were comfortable, and their use of humor as a teaching tool and patience made learning a new system much easier. They were very approachable and were able to answer every question asked of them. Amazing team…”

Learn more about SMART’s EHR for opioid treatment or view the full Wisconsin implementation album.

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Opioid Treatment Program Expansion

Methadone-Maintenance-Program-Expansion-Tadiso-IncorporatedTadiso Incorporated is expanding their opioid treatment program with a $1.5 million renovation. This change is in response to the growing amount of patients they treat. As the single largest medication-assisted treatment facility in Pennsylvania, Tadiso now serves over 1,000 individuals in the Pittsburg area.  

The renovation will include 6 dispensing stations for patient dosing. Also, to lessen patient wait times, they are creating a new state-of-the-art lobby with several kiosks, intake stations, private offices, and bathrooms for drug screen collection. Another great feature is a comfortable waiting area which includes a complimentary coffee bar for patients.

Opioid Treatment Program Becomes Center of Excellence

Becoming a Center of Excellence in 2016 is also a contributing factor in their ongoing growth. They achieved this status by ensuring their patients stay in treatment, receive follow-up care, and have community support. Furthermore, they provide treatment that integrates behavioral and primary care using a team-based and “whole person” focus. This includes their wellness program and mentor recovery support program. Patients in the Recovery Support Program are also apart of “Ring for Recovery”. This program gives patients a mobile phone to ensure contact is regularly maintained with their mentor. 

tadiso methadone maintenance program logoWhats The Connection?

Tadiso Incorporated is a SMART Partner, using our paperless EHR since 2012. The SMART Solution empowers OTPs and methadone maintenance programs to deliver quality patient care with efficiency. SMART’s team is proud to serve Tadiso’s growing needs and congratulates them on their continued success.

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Maine Helps Addiction Treatment Centers

January 12, 2017 – Recently, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services awarded funds to addiction treatment centers, including Discovery House of Calais and Acadia Hospital of Bangor. This is a triumph for Maine addiction treatment centers. They spent many years defending their very existence.

The Role of Addiction Treatment Centers

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Discovery House Program Director, Brent Miller speaking out in a 2013 Bangor City Council meeting.

Discovery House Program Director, Brent Miller frequently met with community members and state officials. The goal was to increase funding, decrease overdoses, and to correct the stigma associated with addiction and forms of treatment. After countless media interviews, town hall meetings and organization collaborations he brought Discovery House to the forefront of the fight. Brent became a voice for patients, families, and even competitor clinics that were facing the challenge of being defunded. As he told The Bangor Daily News, “I think people are starting to understand that opiate addiction treatment is really essential to solving the problem and getting a handle on the disease…”

Enough is Enough

Communities nationwide are reluctant when hearing of a methadone clinic opening in their town. The mantra, “not in my backyard” has become a common response. However, we know more about the nature of addiction now. Unfortunately, many have learned this through personal tragedy and loss. In 2012, the overdose count reached 163 people in the State of Maine. Enough was enough for Mainers when overdoses in 2016 exceeded 270. Treatment needed to be an effort supported by officials and members of the community alike.

Purpose of the Funds

DHHS funds awarded total $2.4 million. The sole purpose is to support medication-assisted treatment programs. This money will not increase the allowable patient count at these treatment programs. However, it will help to fund treatment for low-income and non-insured patients. This is great progress toward supporting those already in recovery, and an encouraging sign for those seeking recovery.

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Operation HOPE in Waterville

Operation HOPE (Heroin Opiate Prevention Effort) of Waterville, ME is slated to commence in January 2017. Waterville Police is partnering with PAARI (Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative), Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, Maine General Health, Healthy Northern Kennebec and Discovery House / Acadia Healthcare to increase the accessibility of treatment. The hope is that it will increase the likelihood that people will seek out treatment.

This treatment-focused program will help those suffering from opioid addiction. It will allow citizens to walk into the police department to seek help with their addiction. And they can do so without fear of arrest if they are willing to enter treatment. Next, they will receive a screening for eligibility and may even be qualified for payment assistance.

Partnering with Discovery House

operation-hope-discovery-houseAs one participating Operation HOPE treatment center, Discovery House will work with officials to provide services for affected individuals in the region of Central Maine. After 28 years in operation, this CARF Accredited treatment center is poised to provide the range of services needed to combat the opioid epidemic. They offer counseling, medication maintenance, clinical and medical evaluations, as well as aftercare planning.

According to the CDC, 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Moreover, in 2015 alone, 272 people died from drug overdoses in Maine. Ideally, early education or diversion programs would be enough to slow this growing problem. However, the reality is that the approach needs to be multifaceted with a strong focus on treatment and recovery. 

 

http://www.centralmaine.com/2016/11/16/waterville-police-announce-substance-abuse-treatment-program/

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/08/22/drug-overdoses-deaths-continue-to-soar-in-maine/

http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html

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SSTAR Opens Research Facility

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SSTAR CEO, Nancy Paull

SSTAR, a substance-abuse treatment organization, is formulating plans for an addiction treatment research facility in Fall River, MA. “It will be a small part of a full treatment center,” said CEO Nancy E. Paull. “I’m not building a methadone clinic. I’m building a research and treatment facility.” According to The Herald News, this facility will be complete with inpatient treatment, outpatient clinical services, and will perform research into programs and therapies. One possible location is the former home of Border City Mill No. 3 intersecting Weaver and West streets. This building was lost in a fire of February of this year.

Plans call for a research facility with 60 beds (30 of which are for individuals) in their detox program with 30 more servicing those in need of rehabilitation. Furthermore, this will be supplemented with an outpatient medication-assisted treatment program. “We’ll expand our treatment services,” Paull said. “It will allow us to expand our research. It will allow us to increase primary care.”

For 40 years, SSTAR has dedicated themselves to providing a range of mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Because of this, they recognize the extent of the opioid crisis and the tremendous need for their services in Fall River. Yet, they’re only capable of handling 20% of those in need of in-patient treatment. “There is a huge demand for services that we are not able to meet,” Paull said. No official sale was made, but a decision is expected within the next 30 to 60 days.

About SSTAR

Stanley Street Treatment and Resources (SSTAR) is a non-profit health care and social service agency. They serve Southeastern Massachusetts communities with a wide-range of mental health and substance abuse treatment services. SSTAR programs are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Department of Mental Health Retardation.

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The Heroin Epidemic: A Community Conversation

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The Real Epidemic

The Heroin Epidemic: A Community Conversation

Penny LeGate, founder of the Marah Project, with daughter Marah LeGate

The term ‘ addiction epidemic ‘ is topically saturating the media. Consequently, it’s no wonder why so much is ignored about the very real plight of those affected. It is also common for those who have not been affected to deny the reality of addiction as a ‘disease’. And even more so, the importance of ensuring available treatment options within their communities. Even if you’ve only met a handful of addiction recovery experts, there is something you have likely discovered. Specifically that many have become advocates because they had first-hand experience with the loss of a loved one from overdose.

“To think that one day I would grow up and have a child who would be lost to heroin was unthinkable.” This summarizes the personal experience bravely shared by Penny LeGate King County, WA resident and former TV host. She share this with the Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force panel this June.

Talking About Solutions

To highlight the fact that addiction knows no bounds, this Task Force (a panel of addiction treatment experts) met with residents of King County. They discussed what is really happening within their communities. Furthermore, as a member of this panel, LeGate also shared, “One of the main things I’m trying to do as a parent who has lost a child is to reach out to other parents who say, ‘It will never happen to me,’ and for those it does happen to, to tell them there is no shame, there is no stigma and the way that people die is hiding in the shadows and not talking about it.”¹

With this in mind, Molly Carney the Executive Director of Evergreen Treatment Services who served on this panel alongside LeGate explained what she has learned. “There is a lot of stigma around the treatment just as there is stigma around the disorder we’re trying to treat; so education, education, education is incredibly important right now.”¹ Notably, Carney has been a long-time proponent of addiction recovery and promoting the availability of treatment services. As a part of this Task Force, she is responsible for implementing drug epidemic solutions. Specifically, solutions involve redirecting the role of law enforcement officials. Their roles will shift from imprisoning addicts to instead helping those affected by addiction. This is in the hope that individuals will get the treatment that they so desperately need to achieve recovery.¹

Other Initiatives

The Task Force also supports addiction and overdose prevention initiatives. With the hope of changing the way the government addresses addiction, Brad Finegood, co-founder of the task force spoke. “We’re looking at how to get treatment medications out onto the streets and into the hands of users and their loved ones…. We are especially focused on getting increased access to the homeless populations.”²

Watch the full video: “The Heroin Epidemic: A Community Conversation

  1. http://kcts9.org/programs/they-are-not-throwaway-people
  2. http://kcts9.org/programs/in-close/where-rubber-hits-road-seattle-launches-heroin-task-force
  3. http://kcts9.org/programs/heroin-epidemic-community-conversation
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Success! Opioid Treatment in Pleasantville

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June, 2016 – Congratulations to the staff and leadership team at John Brooks Recovery Center (JBRC) on the successful opening of a much needed clinic in Pleasantville, NJ. After more than ten years, their efforts are finally being realized as they are poised to bring more addiction recovery services to those in need in Atlantic City and its surrounding communities. Mayor Jesse Tweedle said, “There’s definitely a need for this in the region. Our cops have Narcan now to help with overdoses and they’re saving people. We are all working in a partnership and being proactive to step up and fight substance abuse…”

With the ability to serve up to 700 patients, JRBC looks forward to bringing positive change and recovery to the area. Read the full article.

About JBRC

John Brooks Recovery Center has been helping people find their way out of addiction since 1969. JBRC is a comprehensive, multi-modality, addiction treatment facility, providing both residential and outpatient services.

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SSTAR Investigates Injectable Buprenorphine

SSTA- Investigates-Injectable-BuprenorphineIn addition to being a trusted addiction treatment services provider, Fall River-based Stanley Street Treatment and Resources Inc. ( SSTAR ) has been engaging in addiction research projects for many years, and is now helping to vet the next generation of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). SSTAR is currently investigating the safety and efficacy of injectable buprenorphine. This medication could potentially eliminate the need for daily visits to the clinic to receive doses. Patients who are eligible to participate in this pharmaceutical study will receive free buprenorphine treatment for up to 6 months and individualized weekly counseling. SSTARS Dr. Baily pointed out in a recent article that, “Access to cutting edge care through research is especially important to the uninsured and underinsured population by making access to treatment and medication easier and available at little to no cost to participants.”

Since 2002, Buprenorphine has been approved for the treatment of pain and opioid addiction in the form of tablets and film. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) the properties of buprenorphine help to:

  • Lower the potential for misuse
  • Diminish the effects of physical dependency to opioids, such as withdrawal symptoms and cravings
  • Increase safety in cases of overdose

One manufacturer, Braeburn Pharmaceuticals and Camurus recently entered into the Phase 2 of their study of CAM2038, weekly and monthly subcutaneous buprenorphine injections. Behshad Sheldon, President and CEO, Braeburn Pharmaceuticals said, “Our goal is to provide a suite of best-in-class, long-acting treatment options tailored to the individual needs of patients suffering from opioid dependence and chronic pain.”

Read more in the article by Dr. Genie Bailey of SSTAR

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SMART Management Newsletter – Spring 2009

John Brooks Recovery Center (JBRC)The John Brooks Recovery Center (JBRC) was founded in 1969 in Atlantic City by a group of six Atlantic City residents with the assistance of the Episcopalian Diocese of New Jersey. Today, JBRC is a comprehensive, multi-modality, Atlantic City based addiction treatment facility with 125 employees treating up to 700 patients at any given time. Under the direction of CEO Alan Oberman, JBRC operates two residential and four outpatient treatment programs, as well as mobile treatment with a 40 foot bus that dispenses methadone and Suboxone® to addicts at the local rescue mission and another inner city “spot”.

JBRC has been a customer of SMART for several years and uses the software throughout its facilities including the mobile unit. According to Alan Oberman, “The SMART software is easy to use, is very helpful for quality assurance, compliance, service reminders and for billing procedures and comparison of services. With a budget in excess of $8 million, we need to have continuous, up-to-date data to stay on track.”

Alan is a life-long resident of New Jersey. He holds a Masters in Social Work and is a licensed alcohol and drug clinician with more than twenty years experience in counseling, program administration and private practice. He believes strongly in the mission of JBRC to provide quality, scientifically based, individualized substance abuse treatment services to NJ residents for the reduction and elimination of the harm caused by substance abuse. Some of his goals for JBRC include establishing new residential facilities and expanding the outpatient services in other communities.

Michael Carruthers, Assistant Director SMART Software Division, stated, “We are very grateful for our relationship with the team at John Brooks Recovery Center. They say that life is a Journey; and when you work with Alan Oberman, you are sure to learn a thing or two – whether it is about Woodstock in 1969 (Alan has a classic picture in his office of him, long hair and all, enjoying being stuck in a traffic jam at Woodstock) or more importantly how to set a vision for your team and make it happen in a systematic way. We would also be missing the mark if we did not mention his right hand man, Bob Addesso, who helps keep the wheels moving in their large operation.”

JRBC is a fine example of the SMART customers who have taken a leadership role in the treatment of substance abuse in their respective areas. We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with Alan Oberman and the entire team at JBRC, and we look forward to assisting them as they continue to serve the residents of New Jersey.