Monday, October 22, 2012

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. It serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education.

The Red Ribbon Campaign commemorates the ultimate sacrifice made by DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who died at the hands of drug traffickers in Mexico while fighting the battle against illegal drugs to keep our country and children safe. The Red Ribbon Campaign also became a symbol of support for the DEA’s efforts to reduce demand for drugs through prevention and education programs. By wearing a red ribbon during the last full week in October, Americans demonstrate their ardent opposition to drugs.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Recovery Expressive Arts Show

Next week-the week of October 22- is Red Ribbon Week.  GCASA Art Therapist, Lynette Gawron is coordinating her bi-annual recovery arts show.  As GCASA's art therapist, Lynette works with patients in treatment for drug or alcohol addiction.  Using different mediums, patients learn to express themselves through art.  The art show combines powerful pieces with a description of where the patient sees themself in their own recovery and why they chose certain material, colors, objects and so on.  The result is a meaningful piece of art that through its creation has aided with the patients recovery. 
Here are some pieces from previous shows:

Stop by at the Recovery Expressive Arts Show on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 11-3 pm at GCASA, 430 East Main Street, Batavia. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

GCASA Winter Conference

Scott D. Miller, Ph.D. is a co-founder of the Center for Clinical Excellence, an international consortium of clinicians, researchers and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavior health.
At this workshop you will:
· Learn three specific strategies that separate highly effective therapists from average therapists.
· Learn a simple method for measuring success rates that can be used to develop a profile of the most and least effective moments in therapy—what works and what doesn’t.
· Gain a more exact understanding of your clinical strengths and weaknesses and learn how to use that information to improve your practice.
Mark your calendar for GCASA’s day-long conference                Friday, January 4, 2013 at Genesee Community College.  The day-long conference includes .6 CEU, 6 CASAC/CPP/CPS hours.  Attendees will receive a conference certificate upon completion of evaluation.  Cost is $85 includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Achieving Clinical Excellence:                                 3 Steps To Superior Performance

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Controlled Substance Licensure

“Recent genetic studies and technologies have improved our ability to monitor brain activity and have enabled a greater understanding of how the addictive brain behaves.  These efforts have made it possible to develop more effective medications for treating addictions.” (The Addiction Recovery Guide, 2/9/12). 

In lieu of the above, addiction residential treatment programs are experiencing a growing trend in the need for careful medication monitoring and management of controlled medications.  Due to this trend, the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Narcotics mandated that "all addiction residential facilities come into compliance regarding policies and procedures set forth by this governing body". 

In preparation and ultimate granting of this license, GCASA's Atwater Home Community Residence created a more systematic and secure process of controlling, monitoring, storing  and disposal of  these medications.  All Atwater Home Community Residence employees are trained specifically in the protocol for managing controlled medications. A system of accountability is in place and although at times it is burdensome and time consuming, it has proven useful in mitigating errors.   

The Bureau of Narcotics was very helpful in assisting with this process and were available for consultation up to the time of their final inspection.  On May 25th 2012, the Atwater Home Community Residence received a Controlled Substance Licensure.  Director of Clincial and Residential Services John Walker and Assistant Director of Residential Services Mary Beth Pace effectively lead the residential team of staff through the education, design and implemetation process.  Their leadership and the dilegent work of staff resulted in a Two-year License. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Governor Signs Legislation to Help NYS Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

Governor Cuomo signed legislation that will help the state crack down harder on prescription drug abuse. The new law includes a series of provisions to overhaul the way prescription drugs are distributed and tracked in New York State, including enacting a "real time" prescription monitoring registry to provide timely and enhanced information to practitioners and pharmacists; requiring all prescriptions to be electronically transmitted; improving safeguards for the distribution of specific prescription drugs that are prone to abuse; charging a workgroup of stakeholders with the responsibility to help guide the development of medical education courses and other public awareness measures regarding pain management and prescription drugs; and requiring the Department of Health to establish a safe disposal program for unused medications.

"Too many families in New York State have suffered the loss of a teenager or youth as a result of prescription drug abuse," Governor Cuomo said. "With this new law, New York State is tackling this problem head-on, and giving law enforcement and medical professionals the tools they need to stop abuse before it occurs and crack down on offenders.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, "I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this critical piece of legislation. I-STOP will be a national model for smart, coordinated communication between health care providers and law enforcement to better serve patients, stop prescription drug trafficking, and provide treatment to those who need help.
This accomplishment is a testament to the hard work and tenacity of the families who turned their loss into action that will help people in our state for years to come. With the governor’s signature today, New York has enacted the most comprehensive system in the nation to protect the public from the devastating consequences of prescription drug abuse."

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

GCASA Executive Director Invited to Synthetic Drug Summit

GCASA Executive Director John Bennett was selected to attend the Synthetic Drug Summit.  The NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) is hosting the first statewide synthetic drug summit in Albany today.  Experts from across New York will be on hand to report on issues facing treatment clinics.  OASAS Medical Director Steven Kipnis is scheduled to open the summit with an overview of the effects and consequences followed by drug testing, legal issues and program oversight, testing and treatment.  The summit will close with recommendations and action steps. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dignitaries Cut Ribbon at GCASA Open House

NYS OASAS Western Regional Office staff Cathie Puleo and director Patrick Morrison join GCASA Executive Director John Bennett, Board President Sue Rigoni and board member Jason Smith in cutting the ribbon at GCASA's new office in Albion.  Over 100 visitors poured through the doors of the rennovated former Knights of Columbus building on East Avenue in the Village of Albion.  The architectural firm of Fontanese, Folts, Aubrecht and Ernst who re-designed the building was represented by Don Aubrecht, senior partner, Bill Ciszak and Hector Garrido and builder Martini Construction and contractor Bill Hayes from Turbull Heating were on hand for tours.  Several local community members commented on the re-use of a building that was uninhabited and falling into disrepair.  The office houses prevention program staff, a treatment facility with counseling staff, medical director and nursing personnel, and employee assistance professionals.  The prevention program coordinates the Orleans United Drug Free Communities Coalition who will now have a conference room available on-site to hold committee meetings.  The treatment program has two large rooms that will be used daily for group programs.  The office is located at 249 East Avenue in Albion, the phone number remains the same, 589-0055.