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Addiction Prevention Services in Taunton

SSTAR Expands Prevention Services

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Fall 2016, Taunton, MA based addiction treatment center SSTAR will soon open a new facility. This location will provide prevention services and resources such as awareness events, physician training, and other educational efforts.  This undertaking was spurred by the growing demand for these services at their other locations.

SSTAR Program Director Laura Washington and Task Force member Kiara Zea are leading this new effort. The City of  Tauton has long been a champion in the fight against addiction. As Director Washington affirmed, “This municipality is very progressive and on the forefront of this epidemic…” In 2012, the state of Massachusetts declared opioid addiction a public health crisis. Since then, numbers have been on a steady increase. However, without the treatment, prevention and awareness measures taken since then, the numbers would certainly be even higher still.

Narcan Helps, But Only So Much

Lives are being saved everyday by the overdose reversing drug Narcan. For the past 3 year fire fighters in Taunton have been trained to administer Narcan. Unfortunately,  “Some of the fatal deaths in town have been people that were revived with Narcan before, successfully, and then they ended up OD’ing,” according to Tim Bradshaw, chief of the Taunton Fire Department. This is the very nature of addiction.

This is why multiple approaches are so important. Approaches like SSTAR’s efforts toward increasing prevention services in addition to addiction treatment and recovery services help to make help available to people no matter where they are in their journey towards recovery.

About SSTAR

Established in 1977, SSTAR is a non-profit Massachusetts-based licensed health care and social services agency. They provide mental health and substance use treatment services to residents of Tauton. Their mission is to provide quality care and support services to individuals struggling with mental health and substance use disorders.

http://taunton.wickedlocal.com/news/20161003/sstar-prevention-services-opens-taunton-office-to-help-in-drug-abuse-prevention-efforts

http://easton.wickedlocal.com/opinion/20160516/our-view-greater-taunton-is-rising-to-fight-addiction

http://www.abc6.com/story/30486823/taunton-a-community-look-at-the-heroin-epidemic

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Recognizing Leaders at ABH Conference

abh-leadersThis was SMART’s first year as an exhibitor at the Association for Behavioral Healthcare (ABH) Conference in Waltham, MA.  We were thrilled for the opportunity to meet with many of the attendees and learn more about their needs.

The Awards Ceremony was a great way recognize leadership in community-based behavioral healthcare. Congratulations to award recipients Carolyn Droser of Community Healthlink, Colleen Sondrini-Cooper of The Brien Center, Eileen Maguire of Victory Programs, Minghui Johnson of South Shore Mental Health, Peter Paolantonio of Spectrum Health Systems, Inc, Melinda Kneeland of BAMSI, Scott Bock of Riverside Community Care, Lisa Goldsmith of Vinfen, and Lori Sustek of Youth Villages.

We would also like to recognize Betty Bredin, LICSW Program Director of Bay Cove Human Services and winner of SMART’s ABH Conference gift give away. Thank you to everyone who stopped by SMART’s booth and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s conference.

About ABH

For over 30 years, the Association for Behavioral Healthcare has been the leading advocacy organization in Massachusetts’ mental health and addiction services arena. Fighting for high-quality, community-based care for families and individuals with mental illness, addiction and substance-use disorders, ABH provides leadership and statewide coordination on important public policy, financing, preferred clinical models and quality assurance issues.

ABH is a statewide association representing over eighty community-based mental health and addiction treatment provider organizations.  Our members are the primary providers of publicly-funded behavioral healthcare services in the Commonwealth, serving approximately 81,000 Massachusetts residents daily, 1.5 million residents annually, and employing over 46,500 people.

ABH represents its member providers to funding, legislative and regulatory agencies at the state and national levels and has become a powerful and compelling advocacy organization to ensure that citizens throughout the Commonwealth have access to quality, comprehensive community-based care. Learn more

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Providers Council Conference Gift Give-Away

Providers Council Seven HillsWe would like to congratulate Brian Jones Clinical Service Provider of Seven Hills Foundation and winner of SMART’s Providers Council Conference gift give-Away. SMART would like to thank everyone who visited with us and we look forward to seeing you at Providers Council 2016.

About Seven Hills Foundation

Seven Hills Foundation promotes and encourages the empowerment of people with significant challenges so that each may pursue their highest possible degree of personal well-being and independence. They offer programming at locations throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Foundation provides a continuum of support and services to children and adults with disabilities and life challenges, as well as, women and children in developing countries through our eleven affiliate organizations.

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Community Substance Abuse Treatment Centers New location

Community Substance Abuse Centers Opens New Location

Addiction Treatment in Jamaica Plain

Community Substance Abuse Treatment Centers New location

The Software Division of SMART is pleased to announce that CSAC (Community Substance Abuse Centers) has chosen SMART as their EHR Software vendor for their newest location in Jamaica Plain, MA serving individuals pursuing recovery. CSAC has been partnering with SMART since 2002. Their specialized programs provide individualized substance abuse treatment for all of their patients. Congratulations to the CSAC team, we are happy to see our Partners grow.

Community Substance Abuse Centers CSACAbout

Community Substance Abuse Centers (CSAC) is a private, outpatient treatment program which provides confidential treatment to people suffering from substance addiction. The program specializes in the treatment of narcotic addiction. Services are confidential and professional.