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Hawaii Join’s in the Opioid Epidemic

hawaii-news-nowApril 21st, 2016 – Hawaii News Now  recently reported on the state of our nations opioid epidemic as seen in Hawaii. There has been a rise in youth and adults over 50 seeking treatment for opioid addiction, from 1% just a few years ago to 7% today.(1) “Before you know it they’re not getting it from the doctors anymore,” added Ku Aloha Ola Mau’s Leilani Madrid. “They’re going off on the streets and getting more because they need more than what the doctors are prescribing.” This is especially dangerous since most of the pain medications being obtained are street drugs which many times are mixed at lethal levels. Opioid overdose’s in 2014 accounted for 157 deaths in Hawaii. (2)

More About Ku Aloha Mau

Kū Aloha Mau serves patients seeking recovery from addictions to substances including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription drugs, alcohol, marijuana, a combination of these drugs and other drugs of abuse. They provide a comprehensive program, offering mental health counseling, medication assisted treatment (including methadone, suboxone to assist in the recovery process. For the addiction of opiates), case management, outreach and individual, group and family counseling.(3)  Learn more

  1. http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com
  2. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6450a3.htm
  3. www.kualoha.com/about
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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.”