Inside This Issue:
Addiction: America's Most Neglected Disease | Transitioning Targeted Case Management to the New Health Home Initiative | Implementation of the Outpatient Scheduler | Bureau of Cultural Competence Recognized as the 2012 Organization of the Year
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia) released on June 26, 2012, a report on addictions that is remarkably comprehensive and even more remarkably honest in portraying the virtually utter failure to identify and effectively treat addiction in the USA.
The report, titled Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice, starts with the premise that addiction is a disease. Addiction is not recreational drug use, or risky behaviors (like adolescent binge drinking or buying drugs on the street). They focus on abuse and dependence on alcohol, legal and illicit drugs, and tobacco.
As part of New York's Medicaid Redesign Team recommendations in the 2011-12 Budget, the Office of Mental Health (OMH) has been working with the Department of Health (DOH) to transition OMH's Targeted Case Management (TCM) programs to the State's new Health Home initiative.
Using Technology to Improve Quality Services
The Center for Information Technology (CIT) and the Facility Application, Consolidation and Standardization (FACS) Project Team is pleased to announce the implementation of the Outpatient Scheduler (OPS); the first facility-developed application adapted for statewide use.
Promoting Cultural Competence
The Bureau of Cultural Competence (BCC) was recently recognized by Albany's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) organization, "In Our Own Voices", as the "2012 Organization of the Year". The BCC received the award on July 15, 2012 at the In Our Own Voices Jazz in July Event.
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