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The Heroin Epidemic: A Community Conversation

It Will Never Happen To Me…

The Real Epidemic

The Heroin Epidemic: A Community Conversation

Penny LeGate, founder of the Marah Project, with daughter Marah LeGate

The term ‘ addiction epidemic ‘ is topically saturating the media. Consequently, it’s no wonder why so much is ignored about the very real plight of those affected. It is also common for those who have not been affected to deny the reality of addiction as a ‘disease’. And even more so, the importance of ensuring available treatment options within their communities. Even if you’ve only met a handful of addiction recovery experts, there is something you have likely discovered. Specifically that many have become advocates because they had first-hand experience with the loss of a loved one from overdose.

“To think that one day I would grow up and have a child who would be lost to heroin was unthinkable.” This summarizes the personal experience bravely shared by Penny LeGate King County, WA resident and former TV host. She share this with the Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force panel this June.

Talking About Solutions

To highlight the fact that addiction knows no bounds, this Task Force (a panel of addiction treatment experts) met with residents of King County. They discussed what is really happening within their communities. Furthermore, as a member of this panel, LeGate also shared, “One of the main things I’m trying to do as a parent who has lost a child is to reach out to other parents who say, ‘It will never happen to me,’ and for those it does happen to, to tell them there is no shame, there is no stigma and the way that people die is hiding in the shadows and not talking about it.”¹

With this in mind, Molly Carney the Executive Director of Evergreen Treatment Services who served on this panel alongside LeGate explained what she has learned. “There is a lot of stigma around the treatment just as there is stigma around the disorder we’re trying to treat; so education, education, education is incredibly important right now.”¹ Notably, Carney has been a long-time proponent of addiction recovery and promoting the availability of treatment services. As a part of this Task Force, she is responsible for implementing drug epidemic solutions. Specifically, solutions involve redirecting the role of law enforcement officials. Their roles will shift from imprisoning addicts to instead helping those affected by addiction. This is in the hope that individuals will get the treatment that they so desperately need to achieve recovery.¹

Other Initiatives

The Task Force also supports addiction and overdose prevention initiatives. With the hope of changing the way the government addresses addiction, Brad Finegood, co-founder of the task force spoke. “We’re looking at how to get treatment medications out onto the streets and into the hands of users and their loved ones…. We are especially focused on getting increased access to the homeless populations.”²

Watch the full video: “The Heroin Epidemic: A Community Conversation

  1. http://kcts9.org/programs/they-are-not-throwaway-people
  2. http://kcts9.org/programs/in-close/where-rubber-hits-road-seattle-launches-heroin-task-force
  3. http://kcts9.org/programs/heroin-epidemic-community-conversation
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Boston Public Health

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The Boston Public Health Commission’s Behavioral Health Services program works to treat individuals affected by addiction. They are licensed by the Department of Public Health. BPHC provides treatment personalized to each addiction treatment patients recovery goals. Their outpatient treatment program includes individualized substance abuse counseling, case management services, vocational resources and relapse prevention services. Moreover, their recovery support services incorporate high-quality, comprehensive, gender-specific and culturally appropriate treatment.

Testimonial

“The SMART system provides real time information that allows staff to feel confident in their clinical decisions.”
– Boston Public Health

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The Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB)

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bermuda hospitals board BHBThe Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) established Turning Point of Bermuda to provide safe, high-quality, people-centered, compassionate care every day addressing mental health and substance use disorders in an inpatient and intensive outpatient treatment setting.

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Testimonials

“The SMART system has enabled us to communicate more effectively throughout the program. Patient files are easily accessible with the press of a button and we are better able to coordinate patient care initiatives. The system is simplistic enough for anyone to grasp even if they are not the most computer savvy. It has modernized our processes and assisted us in providing quality patient care.”

– Clinical Director

 

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Controversial Solution. What We Need to Do is Save Lives.

Boston-Health-Care-for-the-Homeless-ProgramMay 2016 – The Boston Globe reported on a new unorthodox measure that has been taken by Boston Healthcare to prevent overdose deaths. Fatigued and frustrated by multiple overdose occurrences in their waiting rooms each week, Boston Health Care for the Homeless has opened a place specifically to care for these overdose victims. The SPOT (Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment), is a repurposed room in their facility that is staffed by an addiction nurse and case manager. They provide a safe and medically monitored place for people to go for help as they are coming down from a high. The goal is to contribute to the reduction of overdose deaths in the Boston area.²

This solution has received some tough criticisms. Nurse practitioner at Boston Medical Center and the Gavin Foundation Brianne Fitzgerald believes, “It’s ridiculous… it’s one of the highest forms of enabling, and it gives up hope on people who use IV drugs.” However, others still point to the notion of trying different methods to at least help reduce overdose numbers. “…with the level of pandemic we’re dealing with — and I say pandemic because it’s no longer just an epidemic — any effort to get this problem under control is a worthwhile experiment.” said former state senator Steven Tolman.² Read the full article or learn more about SPOT.

1.) https://www.bhchp.org/news/planned-spot-center-780-albany-street]

2.) https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/04/25/overwhelmed-overdose-epidemic-health-clinic-offers-room-for-supervised-highs/vQ61K3jao0vXNUPHK0iQhP/story.html

SMART EHR Customer Kū Aloha Ola Mau

Renewed Partnership! Ku Aloha Ola Mau

Kū Aloha Ola MauAnnouncing Ku Aloha Ola Mau’s Renewed Partnership!

SMART is pleased to announce that after nearly two decades of being a SMART partner,  Ku Aloha Ola Mau has chosen to renew their partnership with SMART Software! Ku Aloha Ola Mau is “a place of healing and recovery for those dealing with chemical dependency and their ohana” (family). Since their inception as Drug Addiction Services of Hawaii in 1976, Ku Aloha Ola Mau has made it their mission to provide support to individuals struggling with dependency.  With locations in Honolulu, Hilo and Puna, Ku Aloha helps approximately 400 people daily and strives to restore meaningful healthy lives for all Hawaii communities through responsive and responsible action toward present and future needs to prevent and treat addiction. “We continue to transform and grow true to our name, which means “stand lovingly and compassionately in everlasting life and health.”  We stand for those who are struggling to attain recovery, with services given with the utmost Aloha.” Their treatment outcomes have a track record of matching or exceeding the state average. Some of their programs and services include;  Buprenorphine Services Program and  Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services, Opioid Treatment Program.

SMART is excited for our renewed partnership and looks forward to serving Ku Aloha Ola Mau’s future needs.

John Brooks Recovery Center (JBRC)

SMART Management Newsletter – Spring 2009

John Brooks Recovery Center (JBRC)The John Brooks Recovery Center (JBRC) was founded in 1969 in Atlantic City by a group of six Atlantic City residents with the assistance of the Episcopalian Diocese of New Jersey. Today, JBRC is a comprehensive, multi-modality, Atlantic City based addiction treatment facility with 125 employees treating up to 700 patients at any given time. Under the direction of CEO Alan Oberman, JBRC operates two residential and four outpatient treatment programs, as well as mobile treatment with a 40 foot bus that dispenses methadone and Suboxone® to addicts at the local rescue mission and another inner city “spot”.

JBRC has been a customer of SMART for several years and uses the software throughout its facilities including the mobile unit. According to Alan Oberman, “The SMART software is easy to use, is very helpful for quality assurance, compliance, service reminders and for billing procedures and comparison of services. With a budget in excess of $8 million, we need to have continuous, up-to-date data to stay on track.”

Alan is a life-long resident of New Jersey. He holds a Masters in Social Work and is a licensed alcohol and drug clinician with more than twenty years experience in counseling, program administration and private practice. He believes strongly in the mission of JBRC to provide quality, scientifically based, individualized substance abuse treatment services to NJ residents for the reduction and elimination of the harm caused by substance abuse. Some of his goals for JBRC include establishing new residential facilities and expanding the outpatient services in other communities.

Michael Carruthers, Assistant Director SMART Software Division, stated, “We are very grateful for our relationship with the team at John Brooks Recovery Center. They say that life is a Journey; and when you work with Alan Oberman, you are sure to learn a thing or two – whether it is about Woodstock in 1969 (Alan has a classic picture in his office of him, long hair and all, enjoying being stuck in a traffic jam at Woodstock) or more importantly how to set a vision for your team and make it happen in a systematic way. We would also be missing the mark if we did not mention his right hand man, Bob Addesso, who helps keep the wheels moving in their large operation.”

JRBC is a fine example of the SMART customers who have taken a leadership role in the treatment of substance abuse in their respective areas. We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with Alan Oberman and the entire team at JBRC, and we look forward to assisting them as they continue to serve the residents of New Jersey.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Einstein Chooses SMART’s EHR for Electronic Patient Record Management

albert einstein college of medicineProvidence, RI (July 14, 2008)— Albert Einstein College of Medicine now partners with SMART Management for Electronic Patient Record Management. SMART’s EHR facilitates their needs with a clinical operations software package. Einstein is one of the nation’s premier institutions for medical education, basic research, and clinical investigation. Further, they operate six community health centers in addition to the University Hospital and treat approximately 3200 patients per year.

Paul LeBeau, SMART’s VP of Software, stated, “We are extremely pleased to have this association with the prestigious Albert Einstein group. The addition of Primary Care to our SMART paperless clinic package enables us to become even more useful in medical treatment.”

More Than an Electronic Patient Record

The SMART Solution, a 100% paperless EHR, is a complete clinic management system for OTPs.  This EHR helps opioid treatment programs a become some of the most effective and efficient treatment providers in the industry. The SMART Solution provides functionality to enable; increased admissions, streamlined-dosing, improved team collaboration, accelerated test results and maximized revenue. SMART Partners also benefit from the reliability, security and cost savings associated with this EHR. Moreover, EHR users receive personalized live and on-call support 24/7/365. SMART’s knowledgeable Support Team provides services personalized to customer needs. Additional services include training, CARF audit preparation, network management, system administration and custom development.  Learn more