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  •  VADAP VIEWS  The Virginia Association of Drug and Alcohol Programs Winter, 2006 President’s Message by Michael Fragala I want to thank you for VADAP has and is still sponsoring regional the privilege of serving as trainings addressing stigma. If you haven’t done your President again this so already, I urge you to attend one of these and year. There are so many encourage your staff to attend. Trainings are things going on in the posted on the VADAP web site, www.vadap.org. field of Addiction Services right now, it makes my On a more positive note, as we enter our head spin. As a past President and long time second year as a member of SAAS (State member of VADAP, I have been in the trenches Association of Addiction Services) I want to over the years with many of the issues that have draw your attention to the many benefits your confronted our field. As we enter 2006, one of membership with VADAP provides. VADAP has the most serious issues that I see hampering the partnered with SAAS and other Addiction field of addiction treatment is stigma. I don’t Service Providers nationally to make our voice quite know when it happened, but it seems like heard at the federal and national levels. we, as a field, have taken a giant leap Currently there are thirty seven state members backwards. Substance Abuse is now so closely of SAAS. We will be having a national meeting linked to criminal activity that the stigma that in March in Washington and the First Annual overshadowed us in the 80s and 90s has crept Conference in Chicago in July. Info on the back in. This is not a phenomenon that is conference can be found here> exclusive to Virginia; it seems to be a national http://www.saasnet.org/Conferences_files/Save issue. We must work hard and stand firm in our _the_Date.pdf efforts to turn this back around. The following is an excerpt from the Substance Abuse Services There are numerous benefits to our membership Council’s report to Governor Warner in 2005: with SAAS that trickle down to each program “Underscoring all of these issues is the growing that is a member of VADAP. Check out all the awareness that suffering from an addiction is benefits to affiliation with this association on terribly stigmatizing. Although many people their web site www.saasnet.org. successfully recover, fear of job loss, social humiliation and loss of friends keeps them from Look for your membership letter for 2006 soon sharing their recovery stories to educate and and remember all the perks your membership inspire others, as they would if they were with VADAP carries. As always, I am happy to recovering from another disease, such as hear from any of you who care to communicate cancer or heart disease. And they are almost you thoughts or issues you would like us to never celebrated in a manner similar to those address. Until next time. who recover from other relapsing diseases.” The full report can be found here> Mike Fragala, President, VADAP http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/0/306e3f mfragala@serenityhouseprogram.org cdfd8d71dc85256ec500553bec? 757.344.3970 OpenDocument
  • VADAP Page 2 2006 Membership Application Name of Agency _________________________________________________________________ Name of Program _________________________________________________________________ Address _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ City _________________________________________________________________ State _________________________ Zip-Code________________________ VADAP Contact ________________________________________________________________ Phone __ -__ -__ Fax __ -__ - _______ Email Address ________________________________________________________________ Web Address ________________________________________________________________ Program Director ________________________________________________________________ Type of Membership Regular ($150) T Small (<5 staff) ($75) T New Member T Check Enclosed T Purchase Order T Renewing Member Make all checks payable to: VADAP P. O. Box 25014 Richmond, VA 23260-5014 Please return this form with your check or purchase order. You will receive a certificate and a copy of this as your invoice, with your VADAP Membership Number upon receipt. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thank you for becoming a VADAP member!
  • Page 3 VADAP Williamsburg Place and The William J. Farley Center by Jerri P. Shannon BA, CSAC Referral Development Coordinator Williamsburg, VA – Williamsburg Place and The William J. Farley Center are pleased to announce the promotion of Stephanie M. Loebs, R.N, B.S.N., to Executive Director, effective October 1, 2005. Loebs will oversee the operations of comprehensive chemical dependency treatment services provided by Williamsburg Place and The Farley Center. For the last ten years, she has served as the Director of Nursing and Admissions at Williamsburg Place and The Farley Center and has over twenty-five years experience in the healthcare industry. Norfolk Drug Court Has Best Holiday Season Ever!! by Dawn C. Obliskey Drug Court Administrator January 9, 2006 The Norfolk Adult Drug Court began in November 1998 with a capacity of 25. Today, we have a capacity of 50. We have experienced seven holiday seasons since our inception. This was the cleanest and most sober holiday ever for our clients. Holidays can be particularly difficult times for our clients who are struggling to learn new coping skills. It is not uncommon to have an increase in relapse during any holiday period, and that has been the experience in Drug Court…..until now. During the Christmas-New Years Holiday period, we had one person relapse. The other 49 participants stayed clean and sober during the holiday season. The Drug Court Program extends over a year or more. We have 50 clients in various stages of the program, some just beginning, some about to graduate. Anyone in any phase can be subject to relapse as we know. And with people newly learning recovery, we expect setbacks and learning experiences. To have such a positive holiday experience was uplifting for everyone involved. The Drug Court Participants received the news during the first court session of the New Year and were very proud of their success. The Norfolk Drug Court recently started a new incentive program in December 2005 that progressively rewards abstinence. Clients track their own clean time and are rewarded at 30 plus day intervals with incentives they selected. The Probation Officer verifies all requests for rewards as valid. I can’t help but believe that this program has helped bring us through this holiday with such success. We will continue to monitor the success of that effort over the course of a year. Coalition Rally –January 16, 2006 “A Huge Success” By Mark Blackwell, Executive Director SAARA of Virginia Each year, the Coalition for Virginians with Mental Disabilities holds a rally at the State Capital. Legislators are given an opportunity to address the group, followed by a march to the General Assembly. Each legislator is presented with a legislative agenda that is created as a collaboration of advocates for Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Use Disorders. Hundreds were in attendance.
  • VADAP Page 4 The Coalition was formed almost twenty years ago to work on behalf of Virginians with mental illness, mental retardation and substance use disorders. It advocates for an array of community services that is sufficient and adequate to meet the needs of each individual with a mental disability, and to improve the quality of care in all service delivery systems and settings. (Continued on p. 7) It’s Here – a New Service to Help Virginians Live Longer! Toll-free quitline will help tobacco users quit and lead healthier lives. The Virginia Department of Health’s Tobacco Use Control Project (TUCP) has launched a new, statewide Tobacco User Quitline. It started November 2, 2005. This toll-free phone counseling service, called Quit Now Virginia, is accessed through the national quitline portal number, 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669). Callers will be able to speak with a counselor anytime between 8:00 a.m. and Midnight, seven days a week. After midnight, they will be able to listen to topic-specific messages, leave a message for a callback, or both. There is no limitation on how many times a person can call the quitline. Callers, including healthcare providers and family members, will also receive mailed information or self-help materials and will be able to find out about local community resources. All tobacco users ready to quit within 30 days will receive a comprehensive counseling intervention and, if they have insurance, a referral to their health plan. Tobacco users not interested in counseling will receive motivational information and encouragement to call again. More intensive treatment services will be available to callers who are Medicaid recipients or uninsured. These populations will be able to enroll in the proactive counseling program, a multiple session service with counselor-initiated calls, if they are ready to set a quit date. The Quit Now Virginia service will be available in English and in Spanish, with access to translation services for callers who speak other languages. A TTY line (1-877-777-6534) will also be available in order to provide services to the hearing impaired. TUCP plans to focus promotion of the quitline service among “high-risk” populations, such as rural tobacco users who do not have access to other cessation resources. They will also be developing and implementing a system of direct fax- referral to the quitline by primary care providers. Quitlines have been proven to be efficacious and cost-effective and have the potential for having a positive impact on the health of many Virginians. VDH has contracted with Free & Clear, Inc., to provide the quitline counseling services. Free
  • Page 5 VADAP & Clear is a highly specialized tobacco treatment provider for health plans, employers and government organizations all over the U.S. For more information about cessation resources, visit these websites: for tobacco users, Smoke-Free Virginia www.smokefreevirginia.org; and, for healthcare providers, Alliance for the Prevention and Treatment of Nicotine Addiction www.aptna.org, Janis Dauer, Program Manager (757) 858-9934, jdauer@aptna.org. VADAP 2006 Budget Accounts Income Expenses Balances 2006 VSIAS Scholarships 7,000 2006 Conference Income 10,000 2006 Membership 4,500 Dividends 35 Total Income $21,535 Accounting Services 500 Administrative Assistant 3,000 Advocacy 7,000 Board Expenses 5,000 Donations 1,000 Educational Providership 500 Insurance 1,300 Newsletter 2,000 Other Expenses 200 Postage 250 Promotional Expenses 2,000 Printing 250 Regional Training Expenses 2,000 Scholarship Fund 7,000 Total Expenses $32,000 Net Income (Loss) -$10,465 2005 Fund Balance $22,931 End of Period Balance $12,466
  • VADAP Page 6 2005 VADAP Member Programs Renew Today Alliance for the Prevention and Treatment of Nicotine Addiction (APTNA) ASSIST – South Hampton Roads/CDC, Inc. Bethany Hall, Inc. Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare Prevention Assessment & Counseling Central Virginia Community Services Board Chesapeake Community Services Board City of Virginia Beach Dept. of Human Services Division of MHSAS Cumberland Mountain Community Services Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services Eastern Shore Community Services Board Gemeinschaft Home Inc. Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board/Hampton Roads Clinic Hanover County Community Services Board Harrison House of Virginia Henrico Area Mental Health, SAS Jackson-Field Homes Life Center of Galax/CRC Health Living Free Health Services Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Service Board New River Valley Community Services Norfolk Community Services Board Pathways Treatment Center, Centra Health, Inc. Planning District One BHS/Frontier Health Richmond Behavioral Heath Authority, SAS Rubicon, Inc. Serenity House SARP Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance of Virginia, Inc. Snowden at Fredericksburg Vanguard Services Unlimited Virginia DMHMRSAS/OSAS Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Page 7 VADAP Virginia Hospital Center, Psychiatric & Addiction Services Williamsburg Place & The William J. Farley Center Winchester Medical Center, Valley Health System For more information on these programs, visit the VADAP website at: http://www.vadap.org VSIAS 2006: “Toward More Positive Outcomes” The Virginia Summer Institute for Addiction Studies (VSIAS) is in its fifth year of operations! We've grown from a 3-day mini-pilot-institute in 2002 to an all-week event, featuring nationally known presenters, current topics, and attracting 682 participants, presenters, and exhibitors in 2004; 829 in 2005. VSIAS is truly a collaborative venture---see www.vsias.org and click on "Sponsors" for a listing of the many organizations who contribute time, energy, wisdom, and resources. The purpose of VSIAS is the development and management of training and educational institutes to meet the needs for continuing professional education of those providing substance use disorder treatment and prevention services within the Commonwealth of Virginia (and now reaching beyond our borders). In 2006 we will focus on: Adolescents; Methamphetamine; Re-entry Issues; Gangs VSIAS 06 will address brain chemistry in many of these areas. We will also feature gender- specific workshops in these areas and others. And there will be content-specific continuing education workshops for those of you seeking recertification and/or licensure continuing education hours (e.g., clinical supervision, ethics, cultural competency). There will also be other topics and issues with nationally known and local presenters, and several multi-session “skills- building” workshops. See the "Early Bird" at www.vsias.org for a listing of both topics and speakers. Special Feature! 3 credit hour graduate course, "Substance Abuse and Society" (meets the education requirements for LPC). This course will only be offered if 10 people sign up. It begins Monday morning with the keynote speaker and ends Friday at noon. Participants must attend all sessions to receive credit. Watch the website for updated information and for the brochure, which will be printed and also available online in April. Coalition Rally –January 16, 2006 “A Huge Success” (Continued from p. 3)
  • VADAP Page 8 Members of the Coalition are consumers, family members, and organizations that support people with disabilities SAARA of Virginia represents the substance use disorder constituency, with Wes Dolvin, SAARA of Virginia, serving as co-chair on the Coalition. SAARA of Central Virginia-Richmond, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, and the McShin Foundation rallied together to develop a creative, colorful handout for legislators that included our legislative agenda. These were hand delivered to each legislator accompanied with a satchel of gold wrapped chocolate coins with SAARA of Virginia’s name imprinted in each coin. Stigma Workshops Sign-up Today by Sandy Kanehl The stigma of addiction is powerful and leads to prejudice and discrimination toward people at risk for addiction, those suffering, those in recovery, and individuals associated with them. This workshop discusses some of the causes and effects of the stigma of addictions, and contains information and resources for advocates to counter stigma with facts. Generally people who attended the workshops have commented that it was useful for them to spend some time on this topic. The workshop challenged them to think, in a safe environment, about how we as addiction professionals may unwittingly help to perpetuate some aspects of the stigma of addictions. Evaluations of the half-day workshop revealed that a majority of participants would have liked more time for experiential activities. I have been asked by some groups to do some focused follow-up activities. If others are interested in hosting and/or attending a workshop, I would be happy to talk with them. www.vadap.org