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NEWS FROM THE DIRECTOR'S DESK
Having worked in the substance abuse field since 1974, I have witnessed many changes in the way our field has been organized and funded. The availability of substance abuse and mental health services has been a patchwork of public and private efforts, largely outside the primary healthcare system. For years, the prevailing issue of stigma surrounding substance abuse and mental health issues created a sense that neither was a legitimate health issue. All that may soon change due to the passage of parity legislaltion and the Affordable Care Healthcare Reform Act.
Parity and the Healthcare Reform Act require substance abuse and mental health problems be treated on the same basis as other healthcare issues. The Acts also will require mental health and substance abuse be integrated into the primary healthcare system, providing a more direct role for primary care physicians and providers. Hopefully, more individuals effected by substance abuse and mental health issues can be identified and treated at an earlier stage and avoid developing chronic, life threatening conditions.
With progress comes change. We are now in the process of trying to understand the many ways substance abuse treatment and co-occurring disorders will be reimbursed and delivered in the future. Clearly, more individuals will have access to health insurance and we will be working with our community providers partners to develop the best recovery oriented system of care possible.
Prairie Ridge will continue our dedication to our Mission, Vision and Values in providing the highest quality care possible. As in the past, we will strive to create a welcoming environment built upon dignity and respect for all we serve. We look forward to many positive changes and opportunities healthcare reform presents for our clients. Prairie Ridge is in a very strong position to navigate the many changes ahead.
News from the Director