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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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Great Changes to Methadone Maintenance Treatment in NJ

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CEO Alan Oberman at new JBRC methadone maintenance treatment location

SMART’s EHR partner, New Jersey-based addiction treatment provider, John Brooks Recovery Center (JBRC), is improving access to methadone maintenance treatment. Their recent relocation, the opening of 2 new locations, and a new jail-based program represent some of the great changes that patients can expect moving forward. Alan Oberman, JBRC CEO and long-time recovery advocate shared that “This project began in 2007 and it is an example of what can be achieved with vision and perseverance.” He went on to say “I will never forget the faces of our clients when they first walked through the doors. It made it all worth it.”

A Move To Help More Patients

JBRC’s previous facility is a 100-year-old building located in the crowded heart of the Atlantic City tourist district. As they helped more individuals in the community, the facility lacked the space to accommodate everyone in need. Since they serve over 500 clients, patients would have wait on the sidewalk. Their recent move was the best solution to express appreciation and consideration for patients and the community.

Consolidating Methadone Maintenance Treatment and Other Services

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Inside new JBRC location

One new JBRC facility in Pleasantville has consolidated medication-assisted treatment (MAT), intensive outpatient (IOP), admissions, and administration under one roof. This has already shown improvement in communication and morale among their 70-person staff. Moreover, they are now able to accommodate more individuals in need. This location treats around 600 MAT clients and 115 IOP clients. The other new location, JBRC of Atlantic City, treats 325 MAT and 30 IOP patients. Alan Oberman noted, “We have been able to treat almost two hundred more clients.”

Project Kick Start

New Jersey’s first jail-based methadone maintenance treatment program is Project Kick Start. Atlantic County Jail Warden, Geraldine Cohen, and Alan Oberman, worked together for the past 5 years to start this program. The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services funded the pilot program. Alan explained in a recent press release that “The timing for the program is just right. We are in the midst of an opioid epidemic that affects approximately 75% of the inmates at the jail. At John Brooks, we had a mobile methadone bus designed for physical examinations and the dispensing of methadone that we were not using plus excess revenue on a State contract .”

Learn more about JBRC

About SMART

SMART Management, Inc. is the creator of The SMART Solution. This cloud-based EHR is designed specifically for Methadone Maintenance Treatment and opioid treatment services. This EHR software provides advanced automation for all treatment workflows, improving operational efficiency and contributing to maximized revenue. The SMART Solution is built on continuous improvement and has a total focus on customer delight. SMART is proud to partner with John Brooks Recovery Center (JBRC) to streamline paperless clinic operations.

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Acadia’s Gifford Street Wellness Center Chooses SMART’s Paperless EHR

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Acadia’s Gifford Street Wellness Center recently chose the SMART Solution, a 100% paperless EHR, to manage their clinic’s record keeping. They serve the New Bedford area with individualized therapy and opioid treatment services. Their approach allows them to identify the medication and therapeutic interventions needed to provide personalized treatment.

For over 25 years, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) facilities have increased their efficiencies with SMART’s insurance, clinical, medical, dosing, scheduling and drug testing modules. The clinical and medical features allow teams to collaborate and share patient information securely and in real-time. Moreover, the SMART Solution has automated functions that help guide the treatment team to more informed treatment decisions

Gifford Street Wellness Center chose SMART’s EHR for its 100% paperless functionality and for the level of care provided by support. Clinical Supervisor, James Leverone said “The ease of use with this software is fantastic! Very speedy response times as well.” The team at SMART looks forward to continuing to meet their needs in the future.

About Gifford Street Wellness Center

Gifford Street Wellness Center provides outpatient opioid treatment with medication assisted care. Medications recommended are based on individual needs. In addition to their therapeutic approach, this clinic uses Methadone and Suboxone/buprenorphine-assisted treatment to aid patient’s recovery.  Learn more

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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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Congrats to CODAC, First Center of Excellence for Opioid Treatment

codac-behavioral-healthcare-locationWe’re proud to shine the spotlight on CODAC, providing opioid treatment as well as recovery and prevention resources to individuals, families, and communities.  Recently, the state deemed CODAC as the first “Center of Excellence” regarding the treatment of opioid use disorders.

Rhode Island health officials estimate 20,000 Rhode Islanders are addicted to some form of opioid. However, only a few thousand are getting medication assisted treatment. Given the number of people affected by addiction, there is a shortage of certified physicians. Currently, R.I. only has a total of 171 buprenorphine prescribers.

Increasing Opioid Treatment Access

Governor Raimondo advocates for the access of buprenorphine (Suboxone) and the availability of psychiatrists, social workers, and recovery coaches.  “Rhode Island’s first Center of Excellence will make it easier for patients with opioid use disorders…,” offers Raimondo.

CODAC provides Methadone, Naltrexone, or Suboxone for patients coming into treatment, so physicians can work with patients to choose to best treatment option for each person.  The Centers for Excellence model helps compensate for the shortage of certified professionals. Rebecca Boss, acting director of the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals celebrates CODAC for “recognizing overdose as a public health crisis and moving swiftly to complete the application process.”

About 1,700 Rhode Islanders died of drug overdoses between 2006 and 2014.  In 2014, Rhode Island had the sixth highest rate of overdose deaths per 100,000 residents in the country.  The US Centers for Disease Control blames a majority of drug deaths on prescription opioids and heroin.

Primary Care Providers Needed

Patients may walk into a Center of Excellence or be referred. From there, patients are stabilized, given treatment, and referred to a care provider in the community. Advocates hope the design will help primary care doctors treat a growing number of opioid dependent or addicted people. Centers are able to cater to patients who may need initial intensive care but do not require in-patient care.

Rhode Island is not alone in battling citizen opioid addiction. Connecticut recently deployed a three-year plan to combat addiction based on Yale University research.  In the month of August alone, 27% of those admitted to the New Haven outpatient clinic were diagnosed with opioid-use disorder.  As US Attorney, Peter Neronha recently pointed out, the numbers of those in need may be obscured.  “Those potentially at risk of death were brought back by Narcan.”  Naloxone stops the effects of heroin or opioid overdose, stripping the opioid receptor site, and restoring breathing.  “When we realize how many times Narcan is being administered, we start to get a sense of how deadly this problem really is,” offers Neronha.

About CODAC

codac-behavioral-health-logoSince 1971, CODAC has served the Rhode Island community.  Its five locations enable a range of outpatient recovery treatment and prevention services.  Those struggling with drugs, gambling, or addictive behaviors rely on CODAC for compassionate and personalized service.

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NARCAN Training

NARCAN Training Offered

Narcan (naloxone) blocks or reverses the effects of opioid medication, including extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing, or loss of consciousness…(Narcan) is used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation.”¹

Supporting Addiction Treatment Programs Providing Narcan Training

NARCAN Training Offered

As an EHR provider to opioid addiction treatment programs, SMART Management, Inc. is proud to support life saving recovery initiatives. Our partners deliver treatment services like counseling and medication-assisted treatment. Unfortunately, sometimes individuals succumb to opioid addiction. This is when other measures, like the delivery of Narcan, are necessary to save lives.

The availability of this life saving drug is increasing state-by-state as communities are desperately trying to catch up with the startling number of overdose deaths. Narcan’s availability is no longer limited to hospital ER’s only. Because of the increase in demand, availability has extended to police, emergency response professionals, school clinics, and even to those who know someone who is addicted and at risk. However, Narcan training is needed for those seeking the ability to carry and administer this drug.

Staten Island University Hospital, Boston Public Health, and Brandywine Counseling are just a few addiction treatment facilities that have taken that crucial extra step and are offering certified overdose prevention training, via Narcan, to their communities. First of all, attendees learn how to identify the signs of overdose. Attendees will then learn how to administer Narcan. Finally, at the completion of training they will receive a free rescue kit. ²,³

If you, or someone you know wants to learn about overdose prevention and Narcan training in your area please visit SAMHSA’s website.

Are You and Opioid Addiction Treatment Provider?

SMART partners with OTPs to streamline operations and improve patient care with a complete clinic management system. Interested in transitioning your operations to a paperless, secure and cloud-based EHR? Contact us today

 

1.) https://www.drugs.com/mtm/narcan.html

2.) http://www.brandywinecounseling.org/annoucements/narcan-training-classes

3.) http://www.bphc.org/whatwedo/Addiction-Services/prevention/Pages/Narcan-Program.aspx

4.) http://www.siuh.edu/Events-Calendar/Event-Details.aspx?Event=647

5.) http://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment/naloxone

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Habit OPCO, Inc.

About

Habit OPCONow apart of CRC Health Group, Habit OPCO Treatment Center provides medically supervised methadone and Suboxone (buprenorphine) maintenance treatment. Their services are designed to serve individuals working to overcome addiction to or dependence upon heroin or other opioids.

Methadone been used for decades to treat individuals addicted to heroin and pain medicines. Many treatment providers have found success in treating patients via methadone dosing when combine with counseling and supportive programs. Habit Opco is a SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Certified addiction treatment provider.

Testimonial

“With the ability to become fully electronic SMART has enabled us to improve communication within the program as well as ease the burden with paperwork. The medical order package has also simplified the need to write multiple orders when providing individual treatment to patients. As far as other departments go, another great feature is that we now have real-time access to multiple disciplines, medical, clinical, and financial. I have used two previous systems and this has been the best by far.”

– Director of Nursing

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ETS Opens New Clinic to Aid Overdose Stricken County

ETS-Opens-New-ClinicApril 2016 – Evergreen Treatment Services (ETS) has offered medication-assisted treatment for adults with opioid use disorder since 1973. This August they plan to open their newest location, a 350 patient facility in Renton, King County, Washington. This new addition comes on the heels of a 58% increase in heroin related deaths in 2015.¹ Assistant Division Director of King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division Brad Finegood noted that the opening of this clinic is a direct result of the overwhelming need for more treatment facilities in the area. “The problem is growing faster than our ability to build new facilities.”² ETS CEO, Molly Carney, said that methadone and buprenorphine as well as counseling services is a crucial part of treatment for those addicted to opioids.²

However, just offering this services does not solve the larger societal problem of public stigma. Time and time again we see instances of people fighting against the opening of clinics in their respective communities. Business owners and residents often feel concerned when they hear of the possibility of a medication-assisted treatment facility (often misleadingly referred to as just “methadone clinics”) opening near them for fear that an increase in criminal activity will follow. In a Philadelphia Daily News report on a proposed clinic opening they quoted one resident as saying, “We’re not gonna tolerate the existence of this establishment…No community is an appropriate place for a methadone clinic.”³   The sentiment “not in my back yard” is commonly applied to treatment clinic openings. Logically, it should instead be applied to addressing overdose deaths because those are happening in everyone’s backyard. This is just one of the barriers that advocates, professionals and those in recovery face.

Stop-addiction-stigma-In a powerful statement, Assistant Division Director of King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division, Brad Finegood said, “Public support is going to be very important…One of the biggest battles we are fighting is stigma. People who are opiate dependent are not bad people, they are people who have a sickness and illness. They have a medical condition. Rather than people being afraid, we need the community to rally around the fact that people need treatment. We have a need in our suburban cities and rather than saying we don’t want the services here, we want communities to embrace treatment and treatment that we know it works.”² Shilo Murphy of the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance says that, “If you want to stop overdose deaths…the key is getting rid of the stigma, loving and respecting people who use, supporting them to use with friends, providing them with education, and not shunning them.”¹

1.) http://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2015/06/19/22411691/heroin-deaths-in-king-county-up-58-percent-since-last-year-other-opiate-deaths-declining

2.) http://www.rentonreporter.com/news/375877011.html

3.) http://www.substance.com/a-methadone-clinic-not-in-my-neighborhood/9797/

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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/