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Building Recovery-Based Systems of Care

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 March 28, 2013                                       Anaheim, Calif.       



The panelists engage in discussion. From left to right: David E. Smith, Albert Villapiano, Betsy Spier

Experts from Southern California and around the country came together to discuss building a recovery-oriented system of care (ROSC) during a panel discussion hosted by Addiction Professional on March 28. Speakers addresed how providers can better work together to support their clients' recovery.

They also discussed:

  • How to understand a ROSC model and how it has shifted the focus of addition treatment facilities from episodic care to ongoing recovery support
  • How treatment centers and the recovery community have established meaningful recovery support services, including community-based recovery centers, to help individuals gain important life skills and strengthen their long-term sobriety
  • Practical strategies to help treatment facilities and individual providers partner with recovery organizations to offer more extended support to patients

Panelists included:

  • David E. Smith, MD, FASAM, FAACT, Medical Director at Center Point
  • Albert Villapiano, Ed.D., Vice President of Clinical Development at Inflexxion
  • Betsy Spier, Family Therapist at a private practice

In post-event interviews panelists reiterated the following key points:

"Providers are in an unsettled time where states and counties are trying to respond and adapt to the changing healthcare needs. In this, we see over and over again the need to reach out to other community steakholders such as the criminal justice system, and mental health or medical care. Providers need to be a resource through consultation, screening, and helping referrals get made. The clinician has to figure out ways to be flexible and to provide value to these different groups." -Albert Villapiano, Ed.D.

"There is more than one way to do treatment." -Betsy Spier

"Because of the great distance between the mental health and substance abuse fields, the clients/patients/consumers are the ones who suffer." -Betsy Spier

"We need to pay more attention and figure out ways to include more of the peer support services that some of our communities have organized and/or help some of our communities organize them, in terms of free and low-cost services, to get these other wrap-around services in place."  -Albert Villapiano, Ed.D.

"To access more community organizations all the various disciplines need to work more closely together. I believe this will help not hinder the recovery fields and give the ones that need our help more access and more options for care." -Betsy Spier

"Providers need more information from their county and the state-level to really feel they have opportunities to reach out and be a part of some of the changes that are happening." -Albert Villapiano, Ed.D.

The event was sponsored by several organizations:

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