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Welcome to AODA Education, the blog companion to our web-page aodaeducation.com.  Here you will find information about our program, and updates to some of the latest information and resources for substance abuse services.

Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records

The original Federal Regulations on the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Records (CFR 42 Part 2) were published in 1975, and then updated in 1984.  Last week the long awaited next generation of updated regulations including the new title of  “Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records” became effective.  All CADC’s must be aware of the changes, and implement in their practice.

Final Rule:  https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/18/2017-00719/confidentiality-of-substance-use-disorder-patient-records

Summary by the Legal Action Center:  https://lac.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Part-2-Final-Rule-Summary.pdf

CFR EFFECTIVE

 We recently had an armed robbery of a woman in the West Aurora area.  The police posted a message saying they have arrested the two persons believed to be responsible for the crime.  The posting went into great detail outlining the professional police work that went into the arrest.  Good for them, they did their job and should receive public recognition .  Oh, they also mentioned in part of a sentence,at the very end of the extensive posting, that both the suspects are known to be addicted to heroin.  Here is my response to the police posting.

“Excellent work by APD, Dan, you should be very proud of the work the department did!  My comment in no way is to take away from the professional work done by officers.  The cost of the crime, the work to arrest the suspects, the money it will cost to prosecute them, and pay for possible incarceration will be substantial.  I can tell you as a professional addictions counselor, that I could have the resources to use Narcan to save their lives if they overdosed and call paramedics and hospitalize them for an overdose and maybe even a couple days of detoxification-all of which would cost the State thousands of dollars, because people addicted to heroin seldom have healthcare.  What I could NOT do is get them admitted into a treatment program when they need it-I could get them on a waiting list at some of the great treatment programs we have in this area.  A person with an addiction is dying, but we put them on a waiting list for treatment-can you imagine if we did that for a person with a heart condition, regardless of the cause of that condition or number of other times they sought treatment?  Or here is the Illinois plan, we can wait until a person is found guilty of a crime, send them off to the Department of Corrections, and maybe if they are lucky they can get some treatment for their substance use disorder while we pay to have them in prison.  The Illinois plan gets even better, if they are not lucky enough to get treatment in prison, when they are done with their sentence we can release them to start the cycle all over again.  It’s not a new problem, Illinois under both democrats and republicans have reduced spending for addiction treatment for over 10 straight years!  Do we have a drug crisis in Illinois? I wonder why?”

I would guess that we could run an average size treatment program for a year for the dollars this crime will cost the tax payers of Illinois, and we just might help someone save their life

REESE ANNOUNCES RETIRMENT

John Reese, long time coordinator of the Human Services program at Waubonsee Community College has announced his retirement as of May 31st of this year.  Reese first began working in the addiction world in 1969 in McHenry Illinois.  He was vice-chair of the group that formed the CADC certification movement in Illinois and holds certificate number 10, which makes him the longest active addiction counselor in Illinois.  John pointed out in his retirement that he is retiring from Waubonsee Community College as a full time professor, but not retiring form the addiction treatment field.  For example this summer John will become the secretary for the Board of Directors for IAODAPCA.    Michael Moran has agree to accept the role of acting coordinator of the program until the College names a fulltime replacement.  John stress this is a shift in his life and is not going away, he may be contacted by his new email address:  jvreese45@gmail.com.    He also wanted to pass along that he has donated seed money to the Human Services Student Scholarship at Waubonsee, as has many of the current instructors in the program.  Anyone is interested in also donating to the special scholarship for current Human Services students to honor his 27 years at Waubonsee they should contact:

Linda Linden,  Advancement Associate

Waubonsee Community College

Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive

Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554

630-466-2983

llinden@waubonsee.edu

INTERNSHIP ORIENTATION NIGHT SCHEDULED

INTERNSHIP ORIENTATION NIGHT

September 21, 2015

Monday evening from 6:30 to 9:15p the Human Services Department and our current interns will be hosting an Orientation night to discuss the process of obtaining and beginning an internship. Faculty will provide copies of the required pre-internship paper work and discuss requirements and procedures for obtaining an internship. Current student interns will share their experience and answer questions future interns may have.

Orientation night is designed for current Human Services students who are within a semester or two of wanting to begin their internship. If you wish to begin your internship during 2015/6, please consider this orientation night as a requirement before beginning your site search.

LOCATION:                 APC 195

QUESTIONS?

Contact:   John Reese

                     APC Room 276

                     630-466-2461

INTERNSHIP ORIENTATION NIGHT SCHEDULED

INTERNSHIP ORIENTATION NIGHT

Monday Evening    6:30pm     September 21, 2015

Monday evening September 21st from 6:30 to 9:15 the Human Services Department and our current interns will be hosting an Orientation night to discuss the process of obtaining and beginning an internship.  Faculty will provide copies of the required pre-internship paper work and discuss requirements and procedures for obtaining an internship.  Current student interns will share their experience and answer questions future interns may have.

Orientation night is designed for current Human Services students who are within a semester or two of wanting to begin their internship.  If you wish to begin your internship during 2016, please consider this orientation night as a requirement before beginning your site search. 

LOCATION:                 TBA

 QUESTIONS?

Contact:    John Reese

                     APC Room 276

                     630-466-2461

                     jreese@waubonsee.edu

LEARN ABOUT CADC ILLINOIS-AND ADD YOUR VOICE

The fight in Springfield over the budget is getting hotter and hotter, and the limited pie of money is being sliced up, if our voice is not heard for the 9th straight year funding for addictive illness will be cut-please read the most recent posting on the CADCILLINOS.COM web page-got to that page and get involved.  John

April 27:
Last week was another active week in Springfield, and this coming week promises to be even busier. Last Wednesday the Senate passed a bill to restore 26 million dollars to the Department of Human Services, to cover the shortfall in funding for the remainder of FY 2015. However, as previously noted, SB 247 was pronounced “dead on arrival” by House Democrats. CADC Illinois reached out along many other Human Services organizations in letter writing campaigns to change the House position. As the week progressed the House Democrat position appears to be changing with three key legislators signing up to sponsor the bill. They are: Reps. Linda Chapa LaVia, Kenneth Durkin and Carol Ammons. Today Monday April 27th. an event took place I want to share with you, Senator Mattie Hunter (D_3rd District and Majority Caucus Whip) added her name to the bill as a co-sponsor. Why is this move by Senator Hunter important? Mattie is one of us, she is a CADC! (12953 and CSPS14961) We hope this fact will be interesting to you and perhaps it will inspire you to become more politically active. The fight now is in the House and it is your representative we are asking you to contact. If you have not yet written your letters please do so and ask your family, friends and co-works to learn more about what they can do to help. A lot of effort will be needed to restore funding and advocate for addiction services in the upcoming budget year. PS. Mattie stepped forward for us, a note thanking her would also be appropriate. 
The links to send to your friend’s family and co-workers are our homepage CADCILLINOIS.COM 

Internship Orientation Night Scheduled

 

INTERNSHIP ORIENTATION NIGHT

September 29, 2014

Monday evening September 29th.  from 6:30 to 9:15p the Human Services Department and our current interns will be hosting an Orientation night to discuss the process of obtaining and beginning an internship.  Faculty will provide copies of the required pre-internship paper work and discuss requirements and procedures for obtaining an internship.  Current student interns will share their experience and answer questions future interns may have.

Orientation night is designed for current Human Services students who are within a semester or two of wanting to begin their internship.  If you wish to begin your internship during 2015, please consider this orientation night as a requirement before beginning your site search. 

LOCATION:                270

 

QUESTIONS?

Contact:    John Reese

                     APC Room 276

                     630-466-2461

                     jreese@waubonsee.edu