June 25, 2012

Let your voice be heard: SAMHSA, National Drug Control Policy seek recovery opinions

Posted June 25, 2012

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is reaching out to persons in recovery in order to gain input for two upcoming webinars focusing on the rights of those in recovery, the use of social networking to aid recovery and more.

SAMHSA is asking those in recovery to consider taking part in either of the webinars. They are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EST Monday, July 9, and 1 to 2:30 p.m. EST Thursday, July 12.

“It is critically important that the voices of addiction recovery are well represented in this process. The voice of the recovery community is powerful and needs to be heard,” the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy said in an email release asking for participation in the webinars.

As federal agencies prepare to implement the Affordable Care Act, help is needed to inform policy makers and system designers.  SAMHSA is a partner with the Office of National Drug Control Policy in an effort to open dialogue with people in recovery and patient advocates to help shape policies for electronic health records, confidentiality, and technology for addiction and mental health care in this new age.

The webinars are seeking guidance and opinion on several critical matters, including the following:

  • Protecting rights when using an Electronic Health Record
  • Using Electronic Health Records and Personal Health Records to increase patient engagement
  • Concerns about sharing behavioral health information with state, regional, or national health information exchanges
  • How tools, such as social networks and apps, can be used to help people in recovery manage their care

Anyone wishing to sign up for either free webinar can contact Mike DeAgro with the date they would like to attend at mike.deagro@samhsa.hhs.gov by July 6, 2012.

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