Training Updates & Announcements
For a full list of our events please visit our events page at: http://nhadaca.org/Events.html
August 20, 2014
Legislative Alerts &
New email address for the LADC Board is: firstname.lastname@example.org. The phone number is the same, 603-271-6761.
Health Care Information*A flyer was created by the NH Center for Excellence that spells out the various steps providers need to take in order to be be involved with the Medicaid Care Management programs and be reimbursed for services provided to the new Medicaid population soon to be receiving the new substance use disorder benefit.
Please read through it and follow the steps to enroll!
Upload the flyer here
*NHADACA is busy advocating on your behalf to expand treatment services. We have written a letter of public comment regarding the draft section 1115 demonstration waiver. A link to the letter is posted below.
Response Letter Draft Section 1115
Welcome to the New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association website. NHADACA is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing addiction professions in NH. Through education and advocacy, we strive to enhance the knowledge and skills of addiction professionals, increase awareness of addiction issues in NH, and promote programs and policies that ensure access to high quality services for NH citizens struggling with addiction.
NHADACA, formed in 1986, has grown to be the leading provider of continuing education for addiction professionals in NH. In addition, NHADACA has forged strong relationships with policy makers and stakeholders throughout the state in order to ensure that they have access to accurate, timely information about addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery. This website is designed to be another avenue for ensuring the availability of information for consumers, professionals, and the general public. Take a look around, feel free to contact us with questions, and please check back often for updated information.
The purposes of NHADACA are to promote and encourage the organization of addiction professionals; to examine, endorse, and encourage competent and comprehensive programs for the education of addiction professionals and those working with people experiencing addiction; to advocate on behalf of alcohol and drug issues that impact those experiencing addictions; to provide education to NHADACA membership on public policy issues; to increase the competence and knowledge of individual members and the general public; to represent the appropriate role of addiction professionals at the local, state and national levels; to engage in such other related activities as may be desirable or required to fulfill the purposes and objectives of NHADACA; and to provide assistance to those NHADACA members who may be experiencing difficulties which interfere with their personal and/or professional well-being.
Dear NH Professionals,
The NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association is gravely concerned about the proposed changes to the regulations governing the confidentiality of alcohol & drug abuse patient records.
42 C.F.R. Part 2’s core privacy protections MUST be maintained. While behavioral health care should be integrated with physical health care, and communication between health care providers should be encouraged, the regulations’ protections are as necessary today as they were when they were issued in the 1970s in light of ongoing stigma and discrimination faced by people with substance use disorders.
42 C.F.R. Part 2 enables people with substance use disorders to seek treatment without fear of exposure of their treatment records—without their permission—to law enforcement, employers, insurers, other health care providers, or others. Changes to the regulations would threaten these critical patient protections.
We submit the letter below with our concerns.
Thank you,Dianne Pepin, MEd., MLADC
June 23, 2014
NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association
130 Pembroke Road, Suite 100
Concord, NH 03301
U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Rockville, MD 20857
RE: Confidentiality of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Patient Records Regulations, 42 C.F.R. Part 2. 79 Fed. Reg. 26929; Docket No. 2014-10913.
To Whom It May Concern:
The NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association (NHADACA) is a non-profit membership organization of approximately 220 members. Since 1986, NHADACA has worked to advance the addiction profession in New Hampshire. We accomplish our mission through education and advocacy. By providing relevant, quality training on substance abuse treatment, intervention and prevention NHADACA has improved the skills of working addiction professionals and those preparing to enter the profession. NHADACA is an affiliate of NAADAC, the National Association of Addiction Professionals, a national leader in setting standards for the treatment and prevention of addictive disorders and for the training and qualifications of professionals.
While NHADACA supports updating the mechanics of the federal alcohol and drug confidentiality regulations to facilitate more effective integration of care and needed communication in the electronic age, 42 C.F.R. Part 2’s core privacy protections MUST be maintained.
We provide ethics and confidentiality trainings for persons working within the substance abuse professions as well as other professions that have involvement with alcohol and drug-impacted or addicted persons. The frustration that some people experience when they cannot get the information they want immediately or without a release of information is minor in comparison to the security and protection the regulations afford alcohol and drug abuse patients. It is vital to keep these legal regulations in or to best assure clients that their privacy concerns are respected.
With regard to the modifications to 42 C.F.R. Part 2 proposed in SAMHSA’s May 12, 2014 Notice of Public Listening Session (79 Fed. Reg. 26929), the NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association supports the following principles:
Thank you for your consideration.
Dianne Pepin, MEd., MLADC Peter DalPra, LADC, LCS
Executive Director President