Our top accomplishments from last year:
Our top 5 goals for this year:
This past year, I have realized that NAIC’s bottom line is that we save lives and heal families. What we do is that real, and it is that urgent. I am fortunate to be part of a fantastic organization that provides help and inspires people to get the treatment and prevention services they need for substance abuse, gambling and other mental health issues. Hundreds of individuals and their families come through our doors each year to start the path to recovery. Teens and adults gain their health, find their direction and purpose in life and renew relationships with loved ones. Amazing! We are able to do this through our community and state partners, our private donors, our volunteers and our incredibly committed board and staff. I am proud to present our annual report and invite you to review it. Although what we do looks great on paper, the most wonderful thing is the light that comes on in the eyes of the people we serve. Their success is yours as well.
Teresa Collado, MHR, CPS
NAIC continues to grow diverse funding sources, more community partnerships and opportunities for clients to receive treatment. This year has been one of new opportunities for NAIC staff, clients, donors and board members and I’m pleased to share the 2015 Annual Report for the Norman Addiction and Information Counseling.
In view of continued budget cuts at the state level, the board has pursued a policy of diversification across many areas of NAIC life under the direction of our Executive Director, Teresa Collado, including funding, partnerships and client treatment. An exciting new grant is the STREET Grant that is funding Celebrating Families as part of the Drug Court program. This and other programs go beyond treatment of addiction and emphasize addiction as a disease and work to dispel tendencies toward shame. Recent public dialogue, initiated by a board member, underscored the importance of addressing misunderstandings about addiction and advancing new brain science into the public discourse.
I want to give a special thanks to our donors, staff and volunteers who make our success possible. NAIC is taking action on many fronts from broadening our licensing and state certifications to more community networking. I hope you, too, will find in the 2015 Annual Report an NAIC that is fully engaged in meeting the needs of the substance abuse community and charting a new course.
NAIC services for adolescents and adults are intended to decrease use of substances of abuse and/or co-occurring disorder symptomatology, reduce alcohol / other drug related criminal activity, reduce driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs (DUI), increase level of functioning, improve educational standing, improve social connectedness, increase access to services and service capacity, and empower adolescents to maintain recovery. Substance abuse treatment services are provided to assess and address the individual needs. Frequency of services is determined by mutual agreement between the treatment professional and the client.
Last year we implemented a new walk-in process because the assessment waiting list had grown to 3 months. The new process is now matured and has proved to be very successful. The current waiting list for assessment at NAIC is no longer than three weeks (down from three months) with a median time to first group attendance (if needed) of one day from first presentation to the agency. These changes and new options in assessment and intake have also sharply reduced no-show rates which translate into more clients receiving services. The continued waiting list of three weeks even with these changes speaks of the continued high level of need for substance abuse treatment in the community
One of the biggest challenges remains funding, particularly for adolescent treatment. We continue to work on transitioning our board into a fundraising board and currently have an active fundraising committee dedicated to developing a comprehensive fundraising plan. NAIC recently added a development position so that our focus on fund development will strengthen. We continue to find that our partners need more training in understanding addiction, how it affects family systems and how it affects systems in general including the ones from which the adolescents receive services.
Another challenge remains the law requiring Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) clients to be drug tested if the screening indicates a substance abuse problem. There is not enough money allocated to provide this type of service which is costly and does not significantly add to the effectiveness of treatment. Agencies and the state are continuing to clarify changes to procedures and practices brought about by these legislated changes while preserving best practices in treatment of substance abuse and dependency. NAIC implemented a change in this particular process to include a therapist’s recommendation for further assessment.
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