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EHR for Addiction Treatment Proudly Serving SSTAR

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EHR for Addiction Treatment Proudly Serving SSTAR

SMART proudly serves SSTAR, since 2010, with a specialized EHR for addiction treatment. This Massachusetts-based non-profit health care agency provides life-saving services to individuals affected by addiction. Beyond treatment, they are also passionate about prevention services. For the past several years, SSTAR has tried to create the space to accommodate the delivery of those services. Unfortunately, the city rejected its previous two building permits. If the city approves permitting is in the future, this would allow them to provide prevention services and other educational efforts. The growing demand for these services at their other locations spurred this undertaking. Learn more about SSTAR 

Narcan Helps, But Only So Much

The overdose-reversing drug Narcan is saving lives every day. Firefighters 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 many approaches are so critical. Strategies like SSTAR’s increasing prevention, treatment, and recovery services makes help available to people no matter where they are in their journey towards recovery. Prevention and recovery with companies like SSTAR make support available to people no matter where they are in their recovery.

Technology in Addiction Treatment 

Since 1991, SMART’s EHfor addiction treatment helps trusted providers like SSTAR streamline care delivery. From admissions, medication dosing, clinical services to patient discharge, this cloud-based software simplifies daily tasks with advanced automation.  

The SMART Solution is powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), a trusted and secure HIPAA compliant cloud hosting platform. AWS helps covered entities subject to HIPAA regulations process securely maintain, and store protected health information. Moreover, this hosting platform is scalable to the growing needs of treatment programs. 

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ETS - Evergreen Treatment Services

ETS on Addicts , Naloxone & Our Society

Molly Carney

ETS Executive Director Molly Carney

Partner Highlight

Evergreen Treatment Services ( ETS ) Executive Director Molly Carney and Research and Training Manager K. Michelle Peavy wrote an article entitled “A lifesaving drug for opioid addicts, but it’s not easy to get” that was published in the Seattle Times. It detailed their experiences in the treatment field; the importance of Naloxone (Narcan) and the pressing need for a shift in our nation’s perception of “addicts.”

Often reported in the news Naloxone (Narcan) is helping to save the lives of people who would otherwise succumb to overdose. The regulations about obtaining this life-saving medicine are hopefully expanding to other categories of people besides police and EMTs who are likely to need to administer Naloxone. Nevertheless, ETS makes the point that the focus should be on the public’s perception and treatment of people affected by addiction.

Michelle Peavy

ETS Training Manager K. Michelle Peavy

Funding of recovery support is often outweighed by public opinion that finds it’s ‘not my fault, not my problem’. Looking at the associated costs of treatment, the taxpayers may prefer to have their tax dollars spent on projects or causes that are perceived to be more deserving. However, it is important to consider the cost of not providing treatment. Whether or not one feels that the community should be responsible for helping addicted individuals, one should not outweigh the very real and steep costs associated with individuals who are not in treatment; ER visits, jail time, etc. According to the State Department of Social and Health Services, “the risk of felony conviction is 83 percent lower for those in methadone treatment for more than one year, compared to opioid addicts who are untreated.” The National Institute on Drug Addiction (NIDA) estimates that illicit drug abuse costs our nation over 193 billion dollars annually in the form of crime, lost work productivity and healthcare.

In short the authors deduced that, “We need an integrated approach, which includes expanded access to treatment, to drive down rates of overdose and address opioid addiction.”

Read the full article: http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/a-lifesaving-drug-for-opioid-addicts-but-its-not-easy-to-get/

About ETS

evergreen logo newsEvergreen Treatment Services is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which has been delivering evidence-based addiction treatment services in Western Washington since 1973.  Since our founding, we have earned a nationwide reputation for excellence in our work.  Our interdisciplinary team of professionals includes clinicians with advanced degrees in medicine, psychiatry, nursing, psychology, social work, and counseling.

ETS uses a comprehensive approach to treatment which combines medication assisted treatment with wrap-around services such as counseling, mental health care, and case management services.