Another prestigious treatment facility has selected SMART Software, and this has expanded our reach to the USA’s West Coast. Evergreen Treatment Services (ETS) in Seattle and Olympia, WA installed SMART in April, 2009. Evergreen Treatment is a private, nonprofit organization which has been delivering evidence-based addiction treatment services to citizens in Western Washington since 1973. Led by Ron Jackson, M.S.W., Executive Director and Sam Cullison, M. D., Medical Director, ETS has earned a nationwide reputation for excellence in the treatment of opioid dependence and other addictive disorders. A staff of over 80 professionals currently provides treatment to approximately 900 patients at three clinics.
Since its beginning in 1989 the research department has been an integral part of overall agency operations. Under the direction of Betsy Wells, Ph.D., the clinic’s research team has been involved in a number of important studies designed to enhance understanding of treatment of addictive disorders. Over the past 10 years, ETS’ research department has played a principal role in over 11 major federally-funded research projects on topics ranging from the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of cocaine dependence, to brief interventions for HIV risk reduction among injection drug users, to the impact of contingency management on methadone treatment outcomes. The results of these and other studies have been published in prominent peer-review professional journals.
Ron Jackson is on the National Steering and Executive Committees for National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and recently spoke on the potential of EMR’s for research purposes. Research funding has been provided by government agencies, private foundations and corporations. Ron Jackson is also on the AATOD Board of Directors, another position that recognizes his expertise in the field of substance abuse treatment. ETS performed a great deal of due diligence before selecting SMART. According to Ron Jackson, “We wanted a product that would move us more effectively into a new era. I was actually a slow adapter until we met that one that met all our needs. Ninety percent of our patients are public paid, and our provider needed to provide billing and accounting that our homemade system couldn’t accommodate. We also needed a system that integrated multiple treatment units including a treatment van.”