by Chelsea Canto
Mental and substance use disorders affect all communities nationwide, but with commitment and
support, people suffering from these disorders can achieve healthy lifestyles and lead rewarding lives in recovery. The focus of National Recovery Month this September is to celebrate their journey with the theme Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community. It spreads the message that behavioral health is essential to one’s overall wellness, and that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.
We believe the first step in the fight against mental illness and substance abuse starts by transforming the way treatment is delivered to patients.
Healthcare providers are often the first contact for addressing behavioral health needs. However, there are not enough providers, resources, or time to tackle these issues head on. With only one mental health professional per every 529 individuals with a behavioral health condition, there is a critical opportunity to incorporate better prevention and treatment services into your practice.
By leveraging technology with integrated care, healthcare providers can stress less and care more. iTether delivers a HIPAA compliant, mobile enabled platform that makes it easy to manage and measure treatment plans so that you can engage with your patients, provide the best patient-centered, and achieve positive results.
The iTether Care Coordination Platform
Most people in treatment say that the programs don’t offer services that would make the biggest differences. Whether it’s appointment reminders, social determinant resources, or our built in, data-driven analytics, iTether supports the needs of each individual.
Evidence based practices are often only proven to work for one scenario, but not every patient should be treated the same. For an effective treatment plan, a provider should understand the importance of individual needs and be able to link an evidence-based approach to the real-world situation.
Treating the whole person
Current treatments don’t supply building blocks of life. Patients in recovery need b
etter access to social determinant resources to help get them past the barriers of living a normal life. They need greater flexibility and to stay engaged even when they are in their own environment. The battle is won in their everyday life, not just in the clinic.
You can make a difference
Recovery Month is about coming together to improve the lives of those affected by mental and substance use disorders. Together, we can work to support recovery, implement preventive measures, recognize the signs of a problem, and guide those in need to appropriate treatment and support services. You have the power to change how the industry supports those experiencing mental and substance use disorders.
We’d love to hear from you! What are you currently doing to manage and build your patient relationships?
There are a variety of training resources to support health care providers seeking to implement quality care for patients they serve who have mental and substance use disorders. Below is a list of informational, educational, and training resources to learn how to make behavioral health a key component of patient care.
American Academy of Family Physicians – Mental Health Clinical Recommendations & Guidelines: Provides guidelines for family doctors on treating and preventing behavioral health conditions
American Society of Addiction Medicine Education: Provides training and educational resources to health care professionals who wish to incorporate evidence-based substance use disorder treatment and prevention services into their practice
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Mental Health: Features strategies for taking an evidence-based, public health approach to recovery
National Council for Behavioral Health Healthcare Practice Improvement: Provides resources for implementing behavioral health into primary care practice
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition): Discusses the unique needs of pregnant women with substance use disorders
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Medical & Health Professionals: Lists strategies for health care professionals on treating and preventing substance use disorders
Office of the Surgeon General’s 2016 Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health: Details substance use statistics and the impacts on American citizens and health care systems