Vol. 19 No. 2
March/April 2013
NAATP will host
Adolescent/ Young Adult Summit
8:30 – 10:00
John Kelly, Ph.D. - “Social Recovery Model: Adolescent and young adult
recovery outcomes in relation to 12-step mutual-help participation”
Relapse following treatment is common, yet participation in professionallydelivered continuing care and recovery focused mutual-help organizations,
such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) have been
shown to reduce relapse rates. While young people have also been shown to
benefit from 12-step mutual-help participation they face additional barriers to
engagement compared to adults. This talk reviews the evidence regarding the
clinical utility of 12-step mutual-help resources for young people and discusses
clinical recommendations to facilitate their use.
10:15- 11:15 “THE NETWORK...Rewiring the Young Adult Brain to Achieve Mental
Health”, presented by M. David Lewis MD, FSAM – Medical Director/
In Addition to the Annual Conference, NAATP will be
hosting a Preconference which will focus on Adolescent
and Young Adult Treatment Issues. The Precon will be
held Friday, May 17 at the La Cantera Resort in San
Antonio, Texas.
Preconference 5.5 Hours
NAATP Members $199
Non-Members $225
In the wake of the tragedy in Connecticut, it is imperative that we better
understand young adult mental health. The Medical Director of Visions
Treatment Centers presents on young adult mental health to help shed light on
its importance for the individual and society. 11:45 – 1:15 Lunch Panel: Please join us for lunch and discussion with industry
professionals about adolescent and yound adult assessment and
treatment options.
Moderator: Bob Ferguson, founder and CEO of Jaywalker Lodge
Dave Rotenberg, MA, MBA, CAC Diplomate, Vice President of Treatment at Caron
Hugh Nash, Director of Business Development, Cumberland Heights Treatment Center
John D. Lieberman, Director of Operations, Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers
Jack L. Kline, MS, LPC, LCAS, CCS, LPCS, founder and executive director of Four Circles Recovery Center
1:30- 3:00 “Going system-wide: The Center for Students in Recovery at The University
of Texas” Presented by Ivana Grahovac, MSW, Director of The Center for
Students in Recovery at the University of Texas at Austin
3:15 – 3:00 Wrap up
Sponsored by Capstone Treatment Center and Turning Point Extended Care Sober Living,
Northbound Treatment Services, Ferguson Behavioral Health, Cumberland Heights, Caron,
Visions Adolescent, Jaywalker Lodge, La Hacienda, Four Circles and Talbott Recovery
In this Issue
• NAATP Annual Conference
P. 3
• Welcome New Members
P. 4
• Controlling Workers Compensation Costs
P. 8
• From the Board Room
P. 12
La Cantera Resort
San Antonio, Texas
John F. Kelly, Ph.D.
Dr. Kelly is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at
Harvard Medical School and the Program Director
of the Addiction Recovery Management Service
(ARMS) and Associate Director of the Center for
Addiction Medicine at the Massachusetts General
Hospital (MGH). He has served as a consultant to U.S.
federal agencies such as the White House Office of
National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA), and the national Institutes of Health
(NIH); to non-Federal institutions, such as the Betty
Ford Institute and the Hazelden Foundation; and internationally to the British
Parliament Drugs Misuse Taskforce. He has published more than 100 peerreviewed articles, reviews, and chapters in the field of addiction. His clinical and
research work has focused on addiction treatment and the recovery process
which has included specific research on the effectiveness of mutual-help groups,
such as Alcoholics Anonymous, as adjuncts to formal care. His additional research
endeavors have focused on the translation and implementation of evidencebased practice, addiction and criminal justice, addiction treatment theories and
mechanisms of action, and reducing stigma associated with addiction. He is a
licensed clinical psychologist actively working with individuals and families with
alcohol and other drug use disorders.
Looking Glass
Over the last few months, a group of Board members along
with some NAATP members met to discuss concerns about
issues including, but not limited to Parity Implementation,
the ACA, and the emergence of medication only treatment
philosophies affecting our industry. We started meeting
in Nashville and then moved to Dallas to address these
concerns and begin executing an action plan. At the
expense of these concerned professionals they hired a
consultant and invited me to participate in a process which
resulted in a “statement of Values” and an action plan
designed to address research/outcomes, communication,
ethics and other important industry specific topics.
NAATP Nashville Summit Statement of Values
· We value the history of significant contributions made by
12-Step abstinence-based treatment to the sobriety of over
twenty million Americans in recovery.
· We value residential treatment’s vital, necessary and
essential place in the full continuum of care as a viable
choice for the treatment of the disease of addiction.
· We value a comprehensive model of care that addresses the
medical, biopsychosocial and spiritual needs of individuals
and families impacted by the disease of addiction.
In January, the work of the group was presented to the NAATP
Board and we voted to adopt the values statement as NAATP’s
and continue the work begun by this group now known as
NAATP Nashville Summitt Committee as a Board committee. The
Board Committee will be chaired by Jim Moore of Cumberland
Heights and consists of work groups chaired by various
board members which will continue to be actively engaged
in furthering developing and executing the NAATP Agenda.
· We value research-driven, evidence-based treatment
interventions that integrate the sciences of medicine, therapy
and spirituality. (For example, pharmaceutical interventions
including medications for reducing craving and withdrawal
symptoms; psychosocial interventions including cognitivebehavioral therapy and motivational interviewing; spiritual
interventions including 12-Step facilitated therapy and
mindfulness meditation; behavioral interventions including
nutrition and exercise).
We will be hosting another “Town Hall” meeting at this years
national conference in May and I encourage anyone who wants
to get involved in the important tasks at hand to join us at this
meeting. Also, over the next few months we will update you
with issues regarding parity implementation and other items via
eblast and encourage all of you to share this information with
your staff, alumni, board and other related interested parties.
· We value abstinence from all abusable drugs as an optimal
component of wellness and lifelong recovery. Depending on
biopsychosocial and economic factors, there may be persons
who might require medication-assisted treatment for
extended periods of time and perhaps indefinitely. However,
medication alone is never sufficient to maintain long-term
There are many related efforts under way to get the
message of treatment and recovery and I encourage you to
stay involved with efforts such as Americans for Recovery
and other advocacy initiatives to share our stories of hope.
· We value outcome data that assesses the efficacy of
treatment interventions.
I will be in Washington DC in March and April for meetings with
key partners and visiting Capitol Hill, ONDCP, ASAM, NAPHS,
SAAS, Legal Action and others to share our support, struggles,
concerns and insight as we continue to move NAATP’s Agenda
and be your voice.
· We value education and training that promotes
understanding of a continuum of care that embraces these
Please join us in the fight to make sure all have the option
for the quality care we know changes lives, families and
Michael E. Walsh
“The Challenge of Change”
The Future of Addiction Treatment
May 18-21, 2013
Golf Breakfast
Golf Outing & Lunch
Opening Celebration
Town Hall Meeting
La Cantera Resort
San Antonio, Texas
Twelve Step Meeting
Continental Breakfast
Opening Plenary - Chris Herren - “The Game Has Changed”
Workshop A - Bipolar, Borderline and Substance Treating the Most Difficult
Cases: - Debra Meehl, DD, MSW
Concurrent Treatment of Substance Abuse and Eating
Disorders - Michael E. Berrett, PhD & Melissa K. Taylor, LMFT
Workshop B-
Clinical Roundtable: Changing the Way We Approach and Treat
Addiction - Jason Z.W. Powers, MD, DABFP, DASAM, Chief Medical
Officer, San Cristobal, Spirit Lodge & Right Step
CEO / Board Roundtable: The Art of Inspired Leadership: How
Culture Can Transform Our Organizations, Move Our Field, and
Improve Client Care -Miles Adcox, MS, CEO of Onsite
Marketing Roundtable: “Communicating Now and Then: Using
Technology & Social Media to Enhance Treatment, Aftercare, and
Alumni Services” - Dorothy Dorman, CEO of Harmony Foundation and
Marvin Ventrell, Director of Harmony’s Community & Alumni Relations
Insurance Roundtable: Privacy / Cyber Liability Risks in the
Treatment Industry ~ Are your Organization’s Financial Assets
Protected? Sean F. Conaboy , Broker-NSM Insurance Group – Phila. Pa.
and Richard Willetts, CPCU, ARM
Workshop A - Abstinent 12 Step Oriented Treatment as Part of the
Continuum - It is not us against them! Charles W. Morgan, MD, FASAM,
FAAFP Medical Director, Seabrook House, Inc.
Chapman Sledge, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Cumberland Heights Addiction
Treatment Center
Kenneth W. Thompson, MD, FASAM, Medical Director, Caron Treatment
Workshop B - Treating Co-Occurring Disorders - Tina Black, LCSW Clinical Services Director
Board Reception - Dinner and Entertainment by Tejas Brothers
Twelve Step Meeting
Continental Breakfast
Workshop A - Women and the Impact of Addiction: Special Issues in
Treatment and Recovery - Cheryl Knepper, MA, LPC, ATR-BC, CSAT-S,
ICCDPD, Vice President of Caron Continuum Services
Workshop B - Advanced Techniques in Understanding and Treating
Chronic Relapse in Adults - Heidi Voet Smith, MA, LPC
Plenary Session – A Comprehensive Response to the Opioid Crisis
- Marvin D. Seppala, MD, Chief Medical Officer Hazelden Foundation
Scott Hesseltine, Chemical Dependency Program Supervisor, Hazelden
Center City Fred Holmquist, Director of The Lodge at Hazelden
Workshop A Systemic Recovery: Assessment, Support, Accountability, & Outcome
Research for the Entire Family System - John Southworth, Southworth Associates and Caroline Smith, Pine Grove Behavioral Health
Workshop B “Back from the Abyss – How On-Campus Collegiate Recovery Programs
Are Changing the Face of Treatment and Higher Education.” - Bob Ferguson, Founder & Director of Jaywalker Lodge
Annual Awards Luncheon/Welcome New Members
Workshop A - Taking Men’s Addiction Services to the Next Level Effectively Engaging Men and Addressing Their Unique Exerience of
- Dan Griffin, MA, Griffin Recovery Enterprises
Workshop B - Healing the Addicted Brain - Dr. Harold C. Urschel, III
Twelve Step Meeting
Closing Plenary Breakfast - Affordable Care Act
New Members
Vita Novus, Onc.
John Haines, CEO
125 Edward St
Aurora, ON L4G 1C3
[email protected],,
Infinity Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
Ryan Collison
2699 Stirling Road, Suite 304-A
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
[email protected]
The Control Center provides state of the art mental health and
addiction treatment in an intensive outpatient setting as an
alternative to inpatient rehab. We offer a comprehensive treatment
model that incorporates neuroscience, specialty psychotherapy,
trauma work, holistic medicine, psychiatric services, individual/
group/family therapy and either 12 step or an alternative program.
Our distinguished team of doctors and therapists specialize in
chemical and behavioral addictions, dual diagnosis and relationship
therapy. The Control Center offers personalized care that features
a complimentary assessment, customized treatment plan, flexible
length of stay and we accept insurance. Our staff is dedicated to your
success and recovery.
Support Services: Billing Services, Consulting, Insurance
Infinity Behavioral Health Services provides end-to-end billing
services for behavioral healthcare facilities. We bring your
receivables as close to billable amounts as possible and we
minimize your turn around time to the tightest window available.
Our mission is to improve your reimbursement so that you can
focus on treating your patients.Collectively, we have decades
of experience in the substance abuse and mental health field.
Our areas of expertise include utilization review, out of network
billing, medical coding, claims management and revenue flow
New Beginnings at Lake Charles LLC
Diana Drake, CEO
145 Victoria Dr.
Lake Charles, LA 70611
[email protected]
The Control Center
Arif Karim, CEO
9777 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 704
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
[email protected]
Specialty Programs: Alcohol/Drug Addiction, Coed Program, Dual
Diagnosis, Gender Separate, Opiate Detox, Psychiatric Services,
Specialized Intensive Relapse PreventionTrack; Medically supported
opiate detox; specialized Life skills enhancement program
Dimensions of Treatment Offered: Consulting, Inpatient Detox,
Intensive Outpatient, Intervention, Outpatient Treatment, Partial
Hospitalization, Primary Residential For Profit, 30+ days, Insurance,
Private/Self Pay, licensed
New Beginnings Lake Charles LLC has been providing excellence in
the treatment of addiction for almost half a century. Our program
is unique in it’s approach as an intensive 12 Step Model along with
specialized Cognitive Behavioral Restructuring, Relapse Prevention
and Customized Treatment Planning. New Beginnings Lake Charles
has an individualized length of stay based on each clients unique
situation and needs. We have a life skills enhancement component
that is unique to the field and greatly contributes to a successful
transition into a lifetime of recovery.
Specialty Programs: Alcohol/Drug Addiction, Compulsive Gambling, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Holistic, Medication
Management, Opiate Detox, Psychiatric Services, Sexual Addictions, Trauma/PTSD
Deminesions of Treatment: Consulting, Intensive Outpatient,
Outpatient Treatment
Private/Self Pay, Insurance, Licensed
The Control Center provides state of the art mental health
and addiction treatment in an intensive outpatient setting as
an alternative to inpatient rehab. We offer a comprehensive
treatment model that incorporates neuroscience, specialty
psychotherapy, trauma work, holistic medicine, psychiatric
services, individual/group/family therapy and either 12 step or
an alternative program. Our distinguished team of doctors and
therapists specialize in chemical and behavioral addictions, dual
diagnosis and relationship therapy. The Control Center offers
personalized care that features a complimentary assessment,
customized treatment plan, flexible length of stay and we accept
insurance. Our staff is dedicated to your success and recovery.
Novus Medical Detox Center
Kent Runyon, CEO
9270 Royal Palm Avenue
New Port Richley, FL 34654
[email protected]
Wayside House
George McElroy, CEO
378 NE 6th Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33483
[email protected]
Inpatient Detox, up to 30 Days, Insurance, Private/Self Pay, Licensed
Specialty Programs: Alcohol/Drug Addiction, Dual Diagnosis,
Medication Management, Psychiatric Services, Women Only
Dimensions of Treatment Offered: Extended Care, Intensive
Outpatient, Outpatient Treatment, Primary Residential, Sober
90 +day, Not-for-profit, Insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, Private/
Self Pay, State Funded, Licensed
Novus personally tailors their detox program to the patient’s exacting
needs and requirements. We take into account all facets of the addiction,
including patient’s body, metabolism and circumstance. Accomplished
in a relaxed “at home” environment that is supervised 24/7, we
provide the most competent, professional care, we utilize state-ofthe-art medical protocols with our nutritional IVs and supplements,
all designed to speed the body’s healing process. Novus is the ideal
place for someone to begin the healing process from their addiction
or dependency.
HARP Palm Beach
Gino Cicerchia, CEO
2655 North Ocean Drive, Suite 103
Singer Island, FL 33404
[email protected]
Specialty Programs: Alcohol/Drug Addiction, Coed Program, Holistic,
Medication Management, Older Adult Recovery Dimensions of
Treatment: Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient Treatment, Partial
Hospitalization, Primary Residential For Profit, 30, 60, 90 Day, Insurance,
Private/Self Pay, Licensed
The vision of HARP Palm Beach is to become the best alternative
treatment program possible. The HARP model was developed in 1970
and has been in practice ever since. It is a client-centered, eclectic
treatment approach that carefully integrates various forms of treatment
modalities such as cognitive therapy, behavioral modification,
interpersonal therapy, and social integration. Our treatment program
places a heavy emphasis on daily intensive psychotherapy groups and
unlimited individual counseling. This ensures that each and every
client is given the necessary therapeutic attention they need in order
to achieve and maintain a sober lifestyle. By carefully combining our
model with this highly individualized level of care, clients are given the
very best chance to achieve sobriety. 5
Nationally recognized, Wayside House is a non-profit 501 (C)
(3) treatment program for women who struggle with substance
abuse and co-occurring conditions. As part of its continuum of
care, Wayside House provides residential and extended residential
treatment as well as outpatient services. From our Recovery
Campus in Delray Beach, Florida, Wayside House has, since
1974, helped countless women regain and sustain their sobriety.
With emphasis on how addiction specifically effects women, the
Wayside House program strives to foster sobriety, prevent relapse,
promote character development and ultimately reunify families.
Phoenix Houses of Texas, Inc.
Maeve O’Neill, VP & Deputy Region Div
2351 W. Northwest Hwy. #3265
Dallas, TS 75009
[email protected]
Specialty Programs: Adolescent, Alcohol/Drug Addiction
Dimensions of Treatment: Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient
Treatment, Partial Hospitalization, Primary Residential, Not-for
Profit, Insurance, Medicaid, Private/Self Pay, State Funded, CARF,
New Members
Transformations Treatment Center
Mark Gerhardt, Owner
14000 S. Military Trail, Suite 202
Delray Beach, FL 33484
[email protected]
Specialty Programs: Alcohol/Drug Addiction, Coed Program,
Compulsive Gambling, Dual Diagnosis, Gender Separate, Holistic,
Medication Management, Psychiatric Services, Sexual Addictions,
Trauma/PTSD, Christian 12-Step Program as well as Traditional
12-Step Program Dimensions of treatment Offered: Consulting,
Inpatient Detox, Intensive Outpatient, Intervention, Outpatient
Treatment, Partial Hospitalization, Primary Residential,
Coordinate detox arrangements, coordinate interventions, 30+
Day, For-Profit, Insurance, Privte/Self Pay, Licensed
Transformations Treatment Center, located in Delray Beach,
Florida, is committed to ending the revolving door, by providing
each person dignity, individual choices in recovery, and all the
attention and tools needed to be successful - including two
sessions with individual Master Degree level counselor each
week along with over 15 - 20 group and case load sessions. All
special therapy needs are addressed on a individual basis. Our
Traditional 12 step Program as well as our popular Christian 12
Step Program also incorporate Holistic protocols. Our Programs
offer life skills training and relapse prevention skills. After a
30 day program, the client is welcomed back to our aftercare
program for a full year. We also offer a very successful 3 or 5 day
Intensive Out Patient Treatment Program, and an Evening Out
Patient Program. Transformations offers condo homes (72 beds)
consisting of a beautiful private bedroom and bath for each
client, up to date kitchens, laundry in each condo, unlimited long
distance. cable TV, and computer. We also offer a 12 person, semi
private bedroom residence for those who struggle financially
for under $10,000 per month. Life skills such as resume writing
and interview skills are taught. NA/AA/CR meetings off and on
site. All this designed to help the recovering person balance
physical, mental and spiritual well-being. We incorporate family
counseling individualized for each client, and a weekend Family
Program. We provide a chiropractor and specifically designed
nutrient supplementation (with testing) to all, which helps
greatly in feeling better as one recovers, along with alleviating
the need for meds. Further holistic choices include diet planning
skills, gym and trainer visits and our pool, on the serene, lakeside
setting. Transformations incorporates neurofeedback through
Brain Paint and relaxation through The Serenity Lounge. All this
for a industry average price, and we work with many insurances.
Specialties: Drug, alcohol, dual diagnosis treatment programs.
Effective, individualized, real life training along with dignified
therapy and setting. Christian Program available.
St. John’s Counselling Service
Dr. Mark L. Gandolfi
Suite 7/D - On Hing Building - Central
Hong Kong, HK
[email protected]
Specialty Programs:
Adolescent, Alcohol/Drug Addiction,
Compulsive Gambling, Drunk Driving Program, Dual Diagnosis,
Eating Disorders, Medication Management, Sexual Addictions
Dimensions of Treatment Offered: Extended Care, Intensive
Outpatient, Intervention, Outpatient Detox, Outpatient
Insurance, Private/Self Pay, State Funded
Working in collaboration with DARA - Thailand, St. John’s
Counselling Service and DARA Thailand provide seamless
intervention - detox - inpatient - outpatient - aftercare substance
abuse - addiction disorder healthcare program that employs
CBT, 12 step, and St. John’s Counselling Service dual diagnosis
WellNess - Mindfulness program. A dedicated team of qualified
clinicians to include nutritionist, substance abuse counsellors,
psychotherapists, family therapy, infectious disease and psychiatric
healthcare professionals.
Hope Homes, Inc.
Beth Fisher, Founder, Executive Director
1741 Spring Street
Smyrna, GA 30080
[email protected]
Specialty Programs: Alcohol/Drug Addiction, Dual Diagnosis,
Eating Disorders, Gender Separate, Older Adult Recovery, Sexual
Addictions, GLBT, mothers and children
Dimensions of Treatment Offered: Extended Care, Sober Living
120+ day, Not-for-profit, Privat/Self Pay
Hope Homes, Inc. is an extended care recovery residence designed
to bridge the gap from early recovery to independent living. Our
program is for adult men and women, 18 years and above, who
live in appropriately separate communities. Our mission is to bring
lasting recovery to a wide demographic range of individuals in a
residential, community setting. We provide the highest caliber of
rehabilitative service to those in early recovery by providing: *
Safe residences in comfortable home settings * Professional, fulltime staff to provide holistic life skill development and support
* An environment where collaborative community networking is
emphasized Hope Homes has locations in Atlanta, GA, Charlotte,
NC, and Greenville, SC .
Lake View
1900 Corporate Square Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Roy Serpa, President / CEO
[email protected]
Recovery Associates of the Palm Beaches
Jim Rapp, CEO
2801 N. Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33407 US
[email protected]
Dimensions of Treatment Offered: Extended Care, Intensive
Outpatient, Outpatient Treatment
Specialty Programs:
Adolescent, Alcohol/Drug Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, 30+, 60+,
90+, 120+, Insurance, Private / Self Pay, Licensed
30+ day, for-profit, Insurance, Private/Self-Pay, JCAHO, Licensed
Our alcohol and drug rehab center in Florida is located in
Jacksonville, Florida. We are licensed by the state of Florida
and nationally accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s
premier accrediting body for hospitals and institutions. We
have successfully treated thousands of men and women from
across the country. We specialize in providing every patient with
personalized and comprehensive care from doctors, nurses and
therapists who are specially trained to treat addictions. Entering
drug or alcohol rehab is a life-affirming decision. It is also an effort
that demands rigorous attention and work. Choosing a rehab
center away from distractions allows you to get the most out of
your stay. The Florida climate offers comfortable conditions year
round, which aids in keeping the focus on restoring your health. Traveling away from home also eliminates any distractions you may
get from local hangouts, friends and addiction-related habits. The
most successful drug rehab centers include detox, immediately
followed by treatment. Our detox center in Florida is in the same
facility as treatment, which will allow you to effectively make the
transition from detox to treatment. Detox alone will not alter the
pattern of drug abuse in the long term. Only the combination of
detox and rehab provides you with the highest chances of living
drug free.
Recovery Associates of the Palm Beaches is a drug and alcohol
treatment center for men, women and teens. We strive to
continuously evolve our program to reflect advances in the
treatment of addiction and incorporate new evidence-based
approaches to healing the wounds of substance abuse, while still
including the proven, effective methods that have helped our
clients achieve lasting sobriety.
Higher Ground Women’s Residential Recovery Center
Beatrice Carroll, Owner and Executive Director
17626 Deer Flat Rd.
Caldwell, ID 83607
[email protected]
30, 60, 90 day, non-profit, Insurance, Self-Pay, Licensed
Higher Ground is a co-occurring recovery center who treats women
who are suffering from alcoholism, prescription pill addiction, opiate
addiction, meth addiction, cocaine addiction, marijuana and other
substances. We incorporate both traditional and non-traditional
treatment methods with current evidence based approaches. We
recognize alcoholism and addiction as an individual illness and
family illness. We recognize the addicted resident as a woman of
dignity and value whom we honor in a spirit of truth and confidence. We specialize in trauma work with women (PTSD), and addressing
core issues that lead to the addiction and/or alcoholism. We also
address process addictions such as sex addiction, love addiction,
food addiction, and gambling addiction. We accept women who
are pregnant or have bio medical conditions.
Oceanside Detox
Michael Kulick
461 Venus Drive
Juno Beach, FL 33408
[email protected]
30+ day, For-profit, Insurance, Private/Self Pay, Licensed
Oceanside is the east coast’s only detox facility nestled by the sea
located in a tranquil setting in Juno Beach, FL favorably positioned
on the Atlantic Ocean. We are a state of the art detox program
that specializes in drug and alcohol addiction. Services provided
through individualized treatment modalities include 24-hour
medically managed detox services, nursing care, comprehensive
assessments, individual/group therapies, and discharge planning.
Open to a diversified population, we offer clients the ability to
explore and address issues in a relaxing therapeutic environment
while striving to enhance wellness. It is time to Sea Yourself healing and free, at Oceanside Detox,
YOUR Detox by the Sea.
Treatment Providers -“Don’t be a Victim”
Worker’s Compensation coverage has fast become the most costly Coverage for many
Treatment Providers! Due to a “hardening” of the Market & many Work Comp Carriers
exiting the Marketplace, premiums are at an all-time high. Escalating Medical costs
associated with employee injuries and the Loss of time at work are reeking havoc with
a Programs ability to predict Work Comp costs! What many Program Administrators
do not realize however is the level of control they can actually have on the variables
that drive $ costs …
NSM typically outlines a program for clients, consisting of 10 proven methods to
control Workers’ Compensation costs. We call it managing risks because it offers a
clear path to control costs using three types of strategies. Preventing, Managing and
Financing. A district advantage of this program is that any company can implement
each strategy without hiring a consultant or making a large financial investment. The
real investment is long- term commitment.
Once you are committed, the next step to achieving your goals is finding a partner
to help you create a plan that fits your unique environment and needs. An insurance
broker experienced in risk management with expertise in your industry is required.
Strategy 1: Build a totally accountable
safety culture from the top-down to
establish the driving force behind
controlling your costs Strategy 2: Educate your employees on
the factors that influence the company’s
Experience Modification Factor.
Strategy 3: Establish effective hiring
and orientation procedures that reduce
the likelihood of accidents caused by
new hires.
This is the catalyst of any successful loss control program. Your leadership team must
set the tone for the culture by exemplifying the standards to which you expect all your
employees to adhere. There are many facets of a company’s culture, but it all boils
down to your ability to establish “What is Normal?” This is the baseline for behaviors
within your organization.
Your experience mod is the number insurance companies use in the determination of
your premium. Share your mod as well as the cause, cost and impact of an injury with
your employees. You will build awareness and see a major difference in behaviors and
their individual commitment to helping the company improve.
Studies indicate that more than 40% of all workplace injuries occur within the first
year of employment. You can control this number through consistent policies such as:
pre-employment physicals including drug and alcohol tests; detailed job descriptions;
training/mentoring with “ideal” employees; and safety orientation tests
Strategy 4: Designate a Workers
Compensation Coordinator.
Creating these strategies and putting them in writing is one thing, but implementing and
following through is the most difficult task. Your coordinator should be someone within
your current leadership team, and should of course fully endorse your philosophy.
Strategy 5: Develop a system to
actively manage claims to ensure proper
reporting and filing.
Both frequency and severity impact your costs and each claim should be proactively
managed to minimize its impact. At minimum, conduct quarterly claims reviews
including status reports and action items. Work with your Risk Advisor and claims
adjuster to mitigate the cost of each claim.
Strategy 6: Conduct thorough accident
investigations to strengthen loss control
Aside from regulatory reasons, thoroughly investigating the cause of each accident
will allow you to prevent recurrences. Your coordinator and/or supervisors should
be the first contact upon an accident. Establishing accident review teams (including
management) is also effective in ensuring corrective action and compliance. Another
function of the review team is to research the legitimacy of the claim to protect your
company from fraud.
Strategy 7: Establish an effective EarlyReturn-To-Work program.
Getting an employee back to work after an accident can be paramount in controlling your
overall costs. A claim with lost work time impacts your costs considerably more than a
medical-only claim. Utilize modified duties and communicate your program to physicians
and clinics. A qualified Risk Advisor will assist you with the many elements of a successful
return-to-work program. This program will have a tremendous impact on your company’s
culture as well.
Strategy 8: Implement an incentive
Although sharing the impact of your costs with employees and mandating policies is
effective, most employees respond to incentives for safe behaviors. Many organizations
use company-wide challenges for no lost-time injuries within a certain time period or
accident frequency goals. You will find that employees will make a strong effort not to be
the individual who ruins it for everyone else!
Strategy 9: Conduct thorough audit
Many experience mods are incorrect due to clerical errors. Most often the errors are found
in payroll classifications. Each classification is associated with a different rate, so be sure
each of your employees is properly designated. There are other auditing methods that your
Risk advisor should provide on annual basis.
Strategy 10: Establish systems and
procedures to lower the medical costs of
each claim.
The most common procedure in this strategy is the use of preferred physicians and/or
occupational health clinics. These providers are trained in occupational injuries and often
have unique treatment practices that minimize costs and work with employers to return
employees back to work as soon as possible. Promoting wellness in your company is also
critical to the success in this strategy.
NSM has found the most success with managing Workers’ Compensation when it is
integrated with a company’s unique dynamics and specific needs. It is more important to
identify and develop the strategies that will have the most impact on your bottom line rather
than attempting to implement all 10 at once.
Sean Conaboy, is a Licensed Property/ Casualty Broker specializing in the Design of
Insurance and Risk Management programs exclusively for Addiction Treatment & Behavioral
Healthcare Providers. Questions about the article or to find out more Sean can be reached
through NAATP or [email protected]
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with inpatient, residential, outpatient, and family services.
Treatment is provided in four inpatient locations and seven
outpatient clinics. The Chief Clinical Officer oversees clinical
activities, develops, implements, directs and evaluates clinical
programs and services. He/she has the responsibility to advance
Gosnold’s mission and vision to provide high quality, evidenced
base care, and to enhance partnerships and integration with
mainstream medical care.
A medical degree, Ph.D or comparable degree is required.
Significant leadership qualities, knowledge of current trends in
behavioral health, experience improving clinical care, public
advocacy skills, research interests, and a passion to make a
difference in addiction treatment are desired attributes. Letters of
interest and resume may be sent to:
Director of Human Resources
Gosnold on Cape Cod
200 Ter Heun Drive
Falmouth, MA 02540
[email protected]
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Rosecrance opens office in Waukesha County for outpatient substance abuse treatment
Programs in Pewaukee office focus on adolescent services
PEWAUKEE – Rosecrance, a leading provider of substance abuse
treatment for adolescents and adults, began offering services
for teens at a new office that opened Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in
Rosecrance Waukesha County is located at N27 W23957 Paul
Road, Suite 101, Pewaukee. Rosecrance has long served residents
of Waukesha County through residential services at adolescent
and adult treatment campuses in Rockford, IL.
The local office in Pewaukee will provide a full continuum of
outpatient services -- from prevention and early intervention to
treatment -- to address the needs of families with adolescents.
Services to be offered in Waukesha County include:
Intensive Outpatient Program
Continuing Care Group
Free, confidential drug and alcohol evaluations
Early intervention services
Assistance to families who need help finding resources
Prevention resources and presentations for parents and
Student Assistance Program for local schools
Substance abuse awareness training and education for
professionals, community organizations and parents
Urine drug screens
Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton said the organization
has received an increasing number of calls for service from
Wisconsin families in recent years. The new office will allow
families to access services for their children close to home.
“We are excited to be able to offer an array of programs to help
families deal with a critical issue – the health and safety of their
children,” Eaton said. “We’re familiar to residents of Waukesha
County, and we’re familiar with this area.
“This new office improves our ability to serve families at the very
time they need help.”
Rosecrance, a nationally recognized treatment provider, offers
quality, evidence-based programs. The organization holds a Gold
Seal accreditation from The Joint Commission and is approved for
coverage by most insurance companies.
For more information about services or to make a referral, call
Rethinking Why We Want Research on Addiction Treatment
During my years of involvement with National Association of
Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), I have witnessed and
been an active participant in many calls for research studies
on addiction treatment. The timing of such advocacy, in both
our conversations and formal resolutions, has generally been
when the field of addiction treatment was under some form or
external threat to its legitimacy and effectiveness. Like many
of us during such periods, I felt we needed a greater body of
scientific research to validate what we were doing. In short, we
each started from the position that our methods of treatment
were effective and that what we needed were scientists to
come in to prove that premise. That was, in fact, part of my
own thinking and motivation when we launched a research
division within Chestnut Health Systems (Chestnut) in the mid1980s. What subsequently unfolded in the interaction between
administrators, clinical supervisors, clinicians, and this expanding
group of scientists has been nothing short of a revolution in
my own thinking about the relationship between addiction
treatment and the research community—and my relationship
with our research division.
There are several important lessons we have learned
through the research studies conducted within the clinical
divisions of Chestnut. Two are of particular note for NAATP
members. First, the methods required to even conduct such
studies significantly improved the rigor of our clinical designs
through such activities as reviewing the state of evidencebased practices in the field, defining the active ingredients and
theoretical rationale of our treatment methods and elevating
staff training and supervision (fidelity monitoring) practices to
ensure consistent delivery of those ingredients. As a result, our
clinical practice was elevated (particularly in the areas of clinical
assessment, competency-based delivery of clinical interventions,
and fidelity-based clinical supervision) even before we began
to compare our primary approach with promising new clinical
interventions. Second, our involvement in research studies forced
us to cast our eyes beyond the repeated activities of admission,
treatment, and discharge toward what happens to the individuals
and families we serve beyond the stage of recovery initiation and
stabilization. This shift in view improved our understanding of
the need for support across the stages of long-term recovery and
the roles addiction professionals can and should potentially play
in that support process.
The purpose of research is not to serve as a subsidiary
of the marketing function that promotes addiction treatment
as a cultural institution or promotes a particular treatment
approach. Its role is not to defend current institutional practices.
Its role is instead to rigorously evaluate the effects of particular
service practices on short- and long-term recovery outcomes
for individuals and families as well as the cost-effectiveness of
different service practices. To commit ourselves to such rigorous
evaluations of our treatment protocols is to commit ourselves
to following through on the conclusions that arise from such
evaluation studies—even if the findings challenge some of our
most institutionalized practices. If the history and science of
addiction treatment have left any legacy of knowledge, it is that
prevailing treatment practices within an era may have no effects,
minimal effects, quite potent and positive effects, or harmful
effects on individuals and families. A parallel lesson is that it is
very hard for those closest to the delivery of those services to see
(in the present tense) which practices fall in which of these four
respective categories. Science then must be the lens through
which we make such determinations and speed the refinement
of practices that both elevate long-term recovery outcomes and
weed out practices that have minimal or harmful effects.
Since the founding of Chestnut’s research division, my
understanding of the role of science in addiction treatment has
shifted dramatically. Today, I suggest the following stance for
NAATP members. We need to collectively shift from seeing science
as a way to defend and market what we do to seeing science as
our clinical conscience. We must enter into a relationship with the
scientific community with an uncompromising commitment to
long-term recovery for individuals and families, the enhancement
of public safety, and improved quality of life for those we
serve—while keeping our methods forever on probation. The
rigorous honesty required in the recovery process also applies
to the evaluation of our clinical methods and services, because
in the long run, the very stance that assures the ever-increasing
effectiveness of addiction treatment will assure the future
survival of addiction treatment.
Russ Hagen, CEO
Chestnut Health Systems
NAATP Board Member
U p c om in g E ven t s
The American Academy of Pain Medicine will hold its
annual meeting April 11-14 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
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more information.
The annual medical-scientific conference of the American
Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) will be held April
25-28 in Chicago. For more information, go to
Our Office Has Moved!
The New address and contact information for the NAATP
office is as follows:
11380 Prosperity Farms Road, Suite 209A
Palm Beach Gardens, FL. 33410
Phone (561) 429-4527
Fax (561) 429-4650
(UKESAD) will be held May 9-11, 2013 in London. For more
information visit
The NAATP Annual Addiction Treatment Leadership
Conference will be held May 18-21, 2013 at the La Cantera
Resort in San Antonia, Texas. For more information visit
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