Suboxone Assisted Treatment

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(A subsidary of Medical Assisted Treatment of America,Inc. )

~News Updates~

September 2009

"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autum a mosaic of them all.                                                 ~Stanely Horowitz~

I can't believe that fall is already upon us. It seems that just yesterday summer was only beginning. But now the air is crisper, smells are fresher, another new season arriving.                                 And with that new season comes a new beginning.

Celebrate National Recovery Month

"Join the Voices for Recovery:                           Together We learn, Together We Heal"

Recovery Month provides a platform to celebrate people in recovery and those who serve them. Each September, thousands of treatment programs around the country celebrate their successes and share them with their neighbors, friends, colleagues in an effort to educate the public about treatment, how it works, for whom, and why. Substance abuse treatment providers have made significant accomplishments, having transformed the lives of untold thousands of Americans.                                                        These successes often go unnoticed by the broader population; therefore, Recovery Month provides a vehicle to celebrate these successes.

 Recovery Month also serves to educate the public on substance abuse as a national health crisis, that addiction is a treatable disease, and that recovery is possible. Recovery Month highlights the benefits of treatment for not only the affected individual, but for their family, friends, workplace and society as a whole. Educating the public reduces the stigma associated with addiction and treatment. Accurate knowledge of the disease helps people to understand the importance of supporting treatment programs, those who work within the treatment field, and those in need of treatment. To find out what is happening in your community during Recovery Month please visit:                      

In 2008, A&E launched The Recovery Project to generate awareness that addiction is a treatable disease and recovery is possible. More than 5,000 people attended the first annual Recovery Rally in NYC. The goal this year is to double the attendance! "Together, we can make a difference."
On September 12,2009 A&E Network will host the second annual Recovery Rally in New York City to celebrate National Recovery Month and draw national media attention to the fact that addiction is a preventable and treatable disease.            

 Recovery is possible! More than 10,000 people are expected to attend and form a human bridge of recovery on the Brooklyn Bridge, to reinforce the message that anyone can cross their own bridge to recovery.  The Recovery Rally will begin in Brooklyn's Cadman Plaza, proceed across The Brooklyn Bridge and end at Foley Square in Manhattan. This is a Free Event!! For more information on the Recovery project please visit:                           

Addiction does not discriminate.                                                              It affects communities everywhere. When managed properly those that are affected  can lead sucessful, productive and healthy lives. It is up to all of us to educate those in our communities that this is not a personal weakness not is it a moral issue. It is not a matter of will power. We must continue to demonstrate the benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery. "Together we can help people, together we can heal."

 Tell Us Your Story                                    

 Some of you have made changes in your life and we at Suboxone Assisted Treatment are proud of you. If you have started on Suboxone and have been able to maintain your recovery we would love to hear from you. We would love to hear your story of recovery. If you feel that you may be ready to share your story of success please send it to me. I would love to include it in our Patients Stories. By telling your story you may be able to inspire others to follow in your footsteps. If you have started your recovery but for some reason were unable to continue, don't give up. Recovery can happen. Pick yourself back up and move on.

Recovery voices count, make your voice count today.
Email your story today:

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always try just one more time. ~ Thomas Edison

News From New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services

Expansion of Addiction treatment to Meet the Needs of Rockfeller Drug Reform
State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Commissioner Karen M. Carpenter-Palumbo today announced the expansion of New York's addiction treatment services to support Rockefeller Drug Reform through four major initiatives led by OASAS.

Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms are expected to increase the demand for addiction treatment services as the number of non-violent drug offenders are referred to chemical dependence treatment services and programs under Judicial and Probation or other supervision.

Commissioner Carpenter-Palumbo said, "Governor Patterson is to be commended for his leadership and staunch commitment in implementing key initiatives that focus on treatment rather than incarceration. These reforms will have an overwhelmingly positive impact and save people's lives.

OASAS, in partnership with state agencies and the addiction field, is ready to meet the treatment needs for those who will be properly diverted into treatment - increasing successful treatment outcomes, enabling individuals to live a life of recovery as taxpaying citizens and decreasing the likelihood of further criminal justice involvement."

On April 24, 2009, Governor signed into law sweeping reforms of the Rockefeller Drug Laws.
The reforms eliminate the harsh sentences that the Rockefeller Drug Laws mandated by giving judges total authority to divert non-violent offenders to treatment and greatly expanding drug treatment programs. 

The law strikes a careful and appropriate balance to ensure that non-violent addicted offenders get the treatment they need, while predatory kingpins get the punishment they deserve. When fully implemented, these reforms will lead to a significant investment in the OASAS addiction treatment system, one of the nation's largest with more than 1,550 programs serving 110,000 New Yorkers on any given day.
Successful treatment requires that the treatment program focus on the clinical needs of the patient, while collaborating with the criminal justice system that has the responsibility for public safety, monitoring and supporting compliance.
Approximately $50 million in state and federal stimulus funding is dedicated to expanding addiction treatment services when fully operational under Rockefeller Drug Law Reform through the following four major key initiatives:

Residential Expansion of More Than 600 Treatment Beds 
A total of $17.3 million in federal stimulus funding will provide the necessary operating dollars needed for new residential capacity. The following providers have beds available under the first phase of expansion:

New Choices: 3 beds in Schenectady
Syracuse Brick House: 31 beds in Syracuse
Liberty Resources: 2 beds in Oneida
820 River Street: 68 beds in Liverpool, 50 beds in Schenectady, 90 beds in Brooklyn
Samaritan Village: 16 beds in Jamaica, 23 beds in Queens
Greenhope: 30 beds in Manhattan

Outpatient and Assessment Services
A planning supplement totaling $12 million in outpatient and assessment services will be released in early September. OASAS has developed a Local Planning Supplement to procure additional outpatient and assessment services in those areas around the state that will see an influx of drug law diversions into the community. The state aid funding will be provided to eligible local governmental units to address the anticipated demand under Rockefeller Drug Law sentencing reform. A critical value of this project is that it should be data driven. It is OASAS' expectation that agencies selected to provide additional chemical dependence outpatient treatment and assessment services under this solicitation will submit data regularly to OASAS and will identify quality indicators to improve program performance. Providers will utilize data for the purposes of providing program reporting, recommendations and advocacy for system change.

Case Management Services
$1.7 million in state aid funding is targeted for case management services. OASAS will issue a Local Planning Supplement in September to create case management services to work with patients to ensure they maintain their recovery and do not reoffend. Services will be delivered by locally selected and eligible clinical case management service providers. Clinical case managers differ from traditional case managers or case coordinators in that they bring increased understanding of the co-occurring disorders and criminogenic needs found in a high percentage of the criminal justice population that is expected to be impacted by Rockefeller Drug Law reform.                                                                      OASAS oversees one of the nation's largest addiction services systems dedicated to Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, with more than 1,550 programs serving over 110,000 New Yorkers on any given day. Addiction is a chronic disease and New Yorkers need to know that help and hope is available. Individuals can get help by calling the toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day a week HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY. For more information, visit

At this time I would like to invite you to join our Suboxone Forum; "The Light At The End of The Tunnel."                                                For many people Suboxone is that light at the end of a very long dark tunnel. As one of the moderators of the forum I want to assure you that once you become a member, you will no longer be alone. We care about you. We have been where you are today. Please join us.

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September 11,2001

Please join us in a silent moment to remember those who perished on September 11th 2001.

It's now time to bring to a close this months News-Updates. Please join us again next month. Remember we are here when you need us. We are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please don't hesitate to call. If you cannot afford to call us, send us an email with your name and the time you would like us to call and we will call you at our expense. All calls are strickley confidential. 

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May you have a safe and happy September. Remember to smile often and hug those you love. Belssings to you all.

 Compiled and published by:                                                                   Dee Black                                                                                          Assistant Editor/Research Assistant/Forum Manager           Approved by:                                                                                     Deborah Shrira CEO/Editor/Webmistress                                     Medical Assisted Treatment of America Inc.

September 2009