David Mee-Lee, MD, senior vice president for The Change Companies, was the plenary speaker at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) in Anaheim, Calif. on Monday.
Throughout his presentation, he challenged clincians, programs, and systems to rethink how to respond to the clinical, financial, and adminstrative demands for change. He believes the addiction treatment field should be outcomes-driven rather than program-driven.
What this means is focus on the indivual and their needs to determine the type and length of stay (outcomes-driven) instead of telling the clients that after 30 or 90 days, the program is over, regardless of how far along they are in their recovery.
In the podcast below, Mee-Lee elaborates on this point and describes the unfortunate situation with waiting lists and troubled access to care in this field.