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Hawaii’s Opioid Epidemic Action Plan

SMART Management is proud to serve Hawaii addiction treatment providers with an EHR specifically designed to streamline opioid treatment program workflows. Providers like Ku Aloha Mau dedicate their time to supporting the states efforts to stay ahead of the ongoing epidemic.

In 2019 Hawaii was awarded $2 million in federal grant funds to aid in opioid crisis prevention efforts. This funding helps Hawaii’s Opioid Initiative Action Plan and other proven programs, like those delivering Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT).

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This plan includes action areas such as: modernizing healthcare strategies, improving prescribing practices, enhancing data collection, increasing consumer education and prescription harm management with pharmacy-based strategies, and supporting law enforcement and first responders. “Fortunately, Hawaii has not yet experienced the magnitude of the opioid crisis seen in other parts of the country,” said Gov. David Y. Ige in 2017 after the release of Hawaii’s Opioid Initiative Action Plan. “While emerging issues and concerns in the state are on the rise, we have been given a relatively unique opportunity to proactively respond, prepare and prevent the crisis from reaching the same magnitude.”

For more information on Medication-Assisted Treatment or to find a treatment provider near you visit https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment . If you are a MAT provider and want to learn about improving efficiencies at your facility, please visit https://smartmgmt.com/electronic-health-records-software/opioid-treatment-programs/

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Medical Documentation – Protect Your Clinic

Risk management through medical documentation was an important topic addressed and presented via a mock trial at the 2015 AATOD conference. As treatment providers, you are responsible for taking the appropriate measures to ensure that patient documentation is accurate and thorough. Consistent documentation not only ensures that important patient progress is recorded, but it is also key to protecting your clinic from legal retaliation should a patient experience an unfortunate event while enrolled in your Medication Assisted Treatment program.

your-clinic-addiction-treatment-forumAddiction Treatment Forum (ATForum) recently published an article outlining the specific protocol that should be followed for every patient and emphasizing the tasks that should be tailored to patients in specific circumstances. “The problem wasn’t necessarily that the counseling wasn’t done. The problem was that it wasn’t documented.”(1) Read the full article.

About ATForum

Reports on substance abuse and addiction therapies, research, news, and events of interest to both healthcare professionals and patients with a focus on methadone maintenance (MM) treatment for opioid addiction. AT Forum is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, St. Louis, MO, a manufacturer of opiate and alcohol addiction products. (2)

1.) http://atforum.com/2015/08/reduce-opioid-treatment-program-legal-liability/

2.) http://atforum.com/

New Brunswick Counseling Center Location

Installation at New Brunswick Counseling Center

The SMART Software team worked closely to coordinate New Brunswick Counseling Center’s adoption of SMART’s EHR software. Our team was excited to work with such a talented group of employees. Our first goal was to ease them through the initial transition. It’s always great to watch early hesitation over something new give way to a feeling of having made the right choice. Customer Relations Representative Sandy Silva noted, “It’s already clear that SMART Software is going to make their lives easier in a number of ways including administration, clinical, and medical.” More than one of the staff noted, “Thank you for making me believe in SMART.”

The SMART Team always looks forward to face-to-face interactions with customers in their own clinical setting. Each visit is a learning opportunity for both parties, a chance to meet new people and build new relationships, and show an ever-growing list of organizations how to use and benefit most from SMART’s EHR Software. We are thrilled to welcome New Brunswick Counseling Center to our family of SMART Software Partners.

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New-Brunswick-Counseling-Center-Associates “The Mission of New Brunswick Counseling Center is to provide comprehensive, evidenced-based, integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Services are individualized and provided in an outpatient setting for prevention, early intervention, and treatment of people with mental health, substance use and/or co-occurring disorders. Our program provides access to substance abuse and mental health services addressing the bio-psycho-social consequences associated with substance use and dependence. Our treatment services are not restricted to person from a specific geographic area.

Founded in the early 1970’s, New Brunswick Counseling Center became a private, non-profit agency in 1982. Today, New Brunswick Counseling Center is fully staffed to treat people with mental health, substance use and/or co-occurring disorders.

New Brunswick Counseling Center is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). New Brunswick Counseling Center is funded and licensed by the NJ State Department of Human Services to provide outpatient treatment for substance use and mental health disorders and by Middlesex County Department of Human Services.”