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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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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.

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20160922/codac-behavioral-healthcare-certified-as-ris-first-center-of-excellence-in-opioid-treatment

http://ripr.org/post/pulse-new-path-opioid-addiction-treatment

http://www.dailyprogress.com/rhode-island-is-among-states-that-limited-opioids-in/article_6d0e1cf4-e540-5f0f-8c1c-23f12768091c.html

http://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/westerly/9405324-154/state-certifies-first-center-of-excellence-for-opioid-treatment.html

http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2016/10/12/malloy-adopts-yale-researchers-opioid-plan/

http://www.woonsocketcall.com/news/what-are-rhode-island-leaders-doing-to-stop-the-opioid/article_8218f7f2-82c9-11e6-8268-47f93796675d.html

EHR for Patient Care at AATOD 2016

EHR for Patient Care at AATOD 2016

Patient Care at AATOD 2016

SMART is pleased to announce our return as an exhibitor at the AATOD 2016 Conference in Baltimore, MD. Patient care is this year’s primary focus, “Saving Lives: Access to Improved Health & Recovery”. AATOD brings together thought leaders from across the nation to share their passion for patient care and recovery. As a result, this gathering yields invaluable industry knowledge rarely found all in one place. Learning more about the ever-changing needs of the opioid treatment industry draws us to this conference year after year. Also, we look forward to reuniting with our customers, as well as all treatment providers. Our interactions with attendees directly impacts the evolution of our EHR.

Supporting Better Patient Care

EHR for Patient Care at AATOD 2016Last year we saw an influx in new attendees energized to share and learn best practices. This change undoubtedly correlates with the growing opioid epidemic. Our nation’s continuing recovery struggle is what influences continuous development of the SMART Solution.

Helping providers deliver the best in class patient care is what drives the functionalities we build into our opioid treatment EHR. The carefully designed features of our EHR can help to implement efficiencies across treatment organizations.

For 25 years SMART Management’s EHR the SMART Solution has helped opioid treatment providers improve collaboration and increase their efficiency. As SMART customer Turning Point of Bermuda said, “Patient files are easily accessible with the press of a button and we are better able to coordinate patient care initiatives.”

Please stop by booth #307, register to win this year’s gift give away and learn how our EHR can help you improve patient care.

About AATOD

The American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence holds this conference every eighteen months. This event brings together national and international opioid treatment professionals for 3 days of knowledge sharing. More specifically, attendees delve into evidence-based clinical practice, current research breakthroughs and organizational developments affecting the future of opioid addiction treatment. Also, AATOD works with federal and state agencies to develop guidelines for improving patient care in the substance abuse treatment field. Learn more and register for the conference.

 

 

NARCAN Training

NARCAN Training Offered

NARCAN Training OfferedNarcan (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

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 is interested in learning more about overdose prevention and Narcan training programs in your area please visit SAMHSA’s website.

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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Addiction Treatment Center of New England

About

Addiction Treatment Center New EnglandThe Addiction Treatment Center of New England in Brighton, Massachusetts, is a clinically operated drug treatment program designed to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for clients in Brighton, Massachusetts. Their programs help clients gain control over their drug problems and learn alternatives to their addictive behavior.

ATCNE specializes in the treatment of opiate dependency, adhering to a philosophy that methadone services are an effective treatment for narcotic dependence. They have been at the same location since 1980. ATCNE is a member of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Inc.™ (AATOD).

Contact ATCNE to learn more about their services.

Testimonials

“SMART integrates every facet of our clinic, from dispensing to counseling to administration. In terms of cash flow and billing Smart has improved our clinic incredibly.”   

– Administrator

 

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Greenwich House, Inc. – NYC

About

Greenwich House was founded in 1902 to help Greenwich Village’s growing immigrant population adjust to life in New York City. While Greenwich Village has changed dramatically over the years, their mission has remained: to help individuals and families lead more fulfilling lives by offering social and health services, cultural and education programs and opportunities for civic involvement to New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds. Each year, it provides nearly 12,000 New Yorkers with social, medical and cultural programs, all aimed at providing personal growth and enrichment. Since their founding, they have served nearly one million New Yorkers.

Greenwich House’s Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program provides individuals dependent on opioids, including heroin, with high-quality, personalized care to help overcome their addictions. Patients voluntarily come to the clinic and are treated with dignity and compassion as they receive individualized medical care, counseling and supportive services that help to improve their quality of life, promote self-sufficiency and connections within the community.

Learn more

Testimonial

“The treatment plan is fantastic! It makes it easier for me to be able to put a plan together. It is one of the greatest features! Also the psycho-social summary is direct and straight to the point.”    

– Intake Counselor

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ETS’s Patient Record Management System

Evergreen Treatment Services ( ETS ) uses the SMART Solution, a 100% paperless EHR, as their patient record management system for their opioid treatment programs. ETS works to transform the lives of individuals and their communities through effective addiction and social services. Established in 1973, this Western Washington Evergreen Treatment Services ( ETS ) has been working to transform the lives of individuals and their communities through innovative and effective addiction and social services.  This Western Washington organization provides services such as methadone or buprenorphine-based medications with wraparound services including counseling, urine drug screens, acupuncture, and engagement with medical providers. At their three clinics in King, Thurston, and Grays Harbor counties, ETS offers medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence to more than 1,500 patients.  Street-based outreach services are provided by our REACH Team to vulnerable, chronically homeless adults with addiction in downtown Seattle.

About SMART’s EHR

The patient-centered design of the SMART Solution helps increase efficiencies in opioid treatment programs. Domestic and international OTPs use SMART’s EHR to paperlessly manage their patient records, streamline dosing, improve team collaboration, and maximize revenue.

ETS - Evergreen Treatment Services What ETS Says

“The installation, training, and the support we have received from the SMART team has been outstanding.”

“SMART has been our initiation into the world of electronic medical records…SMART has proven to be a great fit for us- very user-friendly.”

-Patient Services Manager, Evergreen Treatment Services, Inc.

 

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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/story/31697370/opiate-addiction-alarmingly-high#
  2. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6450a3.htm
  3. www.kualoha.com/about