Enhance Knowledge and Earn 12 CEUs at ASAM Criteria Workshop Presented by Gateway Foundation

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment is proud to extend a rare development opportunity to our valued professional partners. To help advance understanding of ASAM Patient Placement Criteria in order to determine the proper level of care for individuals suffering from substance abuse, Gateway Foundation has invited Dr. David Mee-Lee to Chicago to lead a two-day workshop on October 4-5, 2012.

Dr. David Mee-Lee

Dr. David Mee-Lee will lead an ASAM Criteria workshop on October 4-5, 2012, at Adler School of Psychiatry in Chicago.

About the Workshop

Clinicians involved in planning and managing care often lack a common language and systematic assessment and treatment approach that allows for effective, individualized treatment plans. The ASAM Criteria provide that common language of assessment and guidelines for a broad, seamless continuum of care.

This workshop will review the underlying concepts of the ASAM Criteria and explain how to use ASAM multidimensional assessment to determine medical necessity and level of care. It is designed to build on skills to quickly determine the least intensive but safe level of care, using case scenarios for practical application. There will be opportunity to discuss case examples and utilization review dilemmas.

The “Using ASAM Criteria to Determine Level of Care and Medical Necessity for Persons with Substance Use Disorders” workshop will take place at Adler School of Psychiatry at 12 N. Dearborn Street in Chicago on October 4 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and October 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost for the two-day training is $250 and includes breakfast and lunch.

12 CEUs are available:

  • Category: CADC Counselor I or II, Prevention I, Assessor I or II, MISA I or II, CCJP II, PCGC II, CAAP I, CRSS II, BRI II, MAATP I or II, CFPP II, GCE
  • LCSW, LSW, LCPC, and LPC

About Dr. Mee-Lee

David Mee-Lee, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). He is based in Davis, CA, and is involved in full-time training and consulting both nationally and internationally. Dr. Mee-Lee is Chief Editor of the Revised Second Edition of the ASAM Criteria, ASAM PPC-2R, which includes criteria for co-occurring mental and substance-related disorders. Dr. Mee-Lee co-authored the first and second editions of the ASAM Criteria and has over 30 years of experience in treatment and program development for person-centered, cost-conscious services. He is also Senior Vice President of The Change Companies.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact:

Dr. Phil Welches, Clinical Director

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment

Phone: 312-913-2319

Email: pwelches@gatewayfoundation.org


Gateway Foundation to Offer Free CEU Training in Honor of National Recovery Month

In recognition of National Recovery Month in September, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment is offering the professional community complimentary CEU workshops to enhance knowledge in order to better assist individuals with alcohol or drug abuse issues. Subject matter will include motivational interviewing, co-occurring disorders and understanding K2 and bath salts.

“Last year, Gateway Foundation provided free on-site training to more than 300 professionals to better prepare them to aid others who need treatment for substance abuse. This year, we are eager to share our clinical expertise with even more individuals by hosting three informative webinars that are ideal for professionals who work in healthcare, education, legal, mental health and substance abuse treatment,” says Gateway Foundation CEO and President Michael Darcy.

Motivational Interviewing Workshop

The webinar builds upon participants’ interviewing and counseling skills by teaching how to make a realistic assessment of an individual’s motivation for change. It outlines models to increase effectiveness with individuals who are ambivalent or who are resistant to change. The workshop is conducted by a Gateway Foundation Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who uses motivational interviewing techniques on a daily basis.

Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, from 1 to 2 p.m.

1 CEU  NAADAC, Illinois – LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

Co-Occurring Disorders Workshop

The workshop introduces attendees to current, research-based approaches intended to improve one’s ability to succeed with individuals that are challenged by the presence of co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. The webinar will be led by a Gateway Foundation Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who is experienced in working with individuals with co-occurring disorders.

Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, from 1 to 2 p.m.

1 CEU  NAADAC, Illinois – LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

Understanding K2 and Bath Salts Webinar

Lead by a Gateway Foundation Licensed Clinical Psychologist, this webinar is intended to increase one’s understanding of synthetic drugs, the signs and symptoms of K2 and bath salts use and the potential long-term effects of abuse. Attendees will also hear from representatives of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office to learn how the federal and state lawmakers are responding to these addictive and deadly drugs.

Date/Time: Thurs., Sept. 27, 2012, from 1 to 2 p.m.

1 CEU  NAADAC, Illinois – LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

Presented by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), the goal of Recovery Month is to increase understanding of mental and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services to achieve recovery, and to help people recognize and seek assistance for these health conditions with the same urgency as any other health condition.

For more information about Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment and Recovery Month events or to register for webinars, please visit RecoverGateway.org/2012.

Gateway Foundation Cautions Parents: Depressed Teens Vulnerable to Substance Abuse

While an estimated 2 million adolescents—or about 8% of the population aged 12 to 17—had a major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year, nearly two thirds of teens who had a past year MDE did not receive treatment despite the effectiveness of therapy options.

If your child does experience problems with sleep, energy, concentration and self-worth, you may want to seek professional help before a MDE takes place. Another reason it is key to stay attuned to your child’s mental health: adolescents who had a past year MDE were three times as likely as those without past year MDE to have had a substance abuse disorder in the past year (19.9% vs. 6.1%).

In fact, SAMHSA’s 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) also found 19.2% of adolescents who had a MDE reported abusing prescription drugs in the past year compared with 6.6% of those without MDE. Females, older adolescents and those with co-occurring substance use problems are at higher risk for MDE.

Recent research estimates that as many as half of teens abusing drugs also have mental health problems that need treating. Among teens with substance abuse problems, the most common dual-diagnosed mental health problems include depression, anxiety and trauma-related issues. There is also a subset of individuals with more severe mental health problems, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The stressors of addiction or mental health problems can often be compounded by the pressures of school and peers.  To help area teens get the help they need, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment offers specialized treatment for adolescents struggling with substance abuse and mental health diagnoses.

Gateway Foundation’s Intensive Outpatient programs are offered in the morning and after school so treatment doesn’t interfere with school. Intensive Outpatient drug and alcohol treatment for teens is ideal if a strong support system exists, a stable living situation and the internal motivation to change.

In Gateway’s Intensive Outpatient programs, adolescents participate in group and family counseling sessions several times per week as well as one-on-one counseling sessions with their primary counselor. Treatment is usually four sessions per week that are three hours each, based on an individual’s needs. Most individuals remain in an Intensive Outpatient Treatment program for four to six weeks before transitioning into less intense weekly Aftercare sessions.

The care demonstrated by Gateway Foundation substance abuse experts and the time taken to learn about each individual’s unique situation is at the cornerstone of Gateway Foundation’s success. An interdisciplinary team collaborates to develop evidence-based treatment plans with recommendations for the most appropriate therapies based on an individual’s substance abuse and mental health history.

Gateway’s ultimate goal is to provide each and every person with the counseling, therapy, knowledge and tools needed to live a life free of drugs and alcohol, replacing destructive behaviors and self-medicating with healthier coping skills. For more information, contact Gateway Foundation online or call the 24-hour helpline at 877-505-HOPE (4673).

Gateway Foundation Testifies for Substance Abuse Treatment Parity at Chicago Field Hearing

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment President and CEO Michael Darcy joined parity champions the Honorable Patrick Kennedy, the Honorable Jan Schakowsky and the Honorable Mike Quigley as well as treatment providers, local advocates and concerned citizens to testify regarding mental health and substance abuse parity inadequacies at the Chicago Congressional Field Hearing held on August 6, 2012, at the Union League Club.

It was an honor and a privilege for Gateway Foundation to be included as a co-sponsor of the Chicago Congressional Field Hearing on August 6, 2012, regarding landmark legislation that makes a significant difference in the lives of the people we treat at Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment.

Until the passage of the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act, even individuals who were fortunate enough to have private health insurance often found that their benefits for substance abuse treatment were not as generous as their benefits for medical treatment.

Although initial strides were made in 1996 with the passage of the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act, too many discrepancies continued to exist, particularly for addictions treatment. Discrepancies between medical and behavioral health benefits included greater financial obligations for behavioral health in the form of separate or higher co-pays and deductibles, as well as more restrictive treatment limitations in the form of annual and lifetime visit and dollar limitations. These restrictions posed significant barriers for many individuals whose recovery depended on accessible and affordable care.

It has been our experience at Gateway Foundation that the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act has helped to break down some of these barriers for the people we treat and has opened the doors to the life-saving treatment services they so desperately need. To date, we have seen the benefits of the Act in the form of increased access to treatment. As a specific example, here in Illinois during the first month of parity implementation in August 2011, Gateway Foundation was able to obtain treatment for 11 working individuals who, despite having coverage with major insurance carriers, had previously been denied treatment for substance abuse by their health plans.

Without the benefit of the Act, these individuals would either have been shifted to public funding sources and had their treatment paid by Illinois taxpayers—or—if they didn’t qualify for public funding, they would have had to use personal resources. Sadly, some of these individuals wouldn’t have had personal resources and therefore simply would not have received treatment.

We are encouraged by examples such as these and the new access to treatment that the Act has afforded people who otherwise would have been denied treatment for substance abuse. Unfortunately, our experience suggests that not all of the financial barriers to mental health and substance abuse treatment have been removed. However, I’m confident that the level of commitment to full implementation of the Act evident in the participants of the Congressional Field Hearings will ensure that we will achieve parity for mental health and substance abuse treatment.

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