Through Access to Recovery (ATR) funding, the Iowa Department of Public Health offered stipends for 10 ATR providers to send a staff member, stakeholder or alumnus to UNITE to Face Addiction Recovery Rally in Washington, D.C. on October 4. Shirley Schneider, ASAC’s ATR Coordinator, attended the event that was estimated to have over 10,000 in attendance. The purpose of the rally was to let the nation know that addiction is preventable and treatable, and that people can and do get well. Continue Reading
Medication Assisted Treatment
The Area Substance Abuse Council was one of four Iowa substance abuse treatment providers to receive Iowa Department of Public Health grants to provide medication-assisted treatment. The purpose of the grant funding is to better treat those abusing prescription drugs and heroin. The $120,756 that ASAC will receive in the first year of the grant will be used to buy drugs to assist clients in the treatment process and to provide wrap-around recovery support services to improve access to and retention in treatment. It is a three year grant project. Continue Reading
ASAC’s Heart of Iowa Residential Treatment Program is seeking Patient Support Staff for all shifts on-call. Applicants should have good communication skills, a high school diploma, and a good driving record, experience supervising clients in the substance abuse/mental health is preferred. Interested applicants should send a completed application to: Continue Reading
Across the nation, worksites have been working to improve the health of their workforce through a variety of worksite wellness initiatives. Part of this work has focused on decreasing the use and misuse of substances, including tobacco, nicotine, prescription or over the counter medications and a variety of other drugs. Like many other wellness efforts, it may take some time to see a majority of the benefits, but this process frequently begins with increased education and policy revisions. Continue Reading
The Great American Smoke Out (GASO) occurs on the third Thursday of November each year, making this year’s event on Thursday, November 19th. GASO is a time when those who smoke pledge take a break from tobacco while those around them find ways to support them. The hope is that many will make GASO their quit date and begin to enjoy the benefits of being a “former smoker.”
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a series of Listening Sessions regarding Iowa’s High Quality Health Care Initiative. The initiative proposes to move Iowa’s delivery of most Medicaid services to a managed care delivery system effective January 1, 2016.
The listening sessions will provide interested parties an opportunity to share feedback with CMS and Iowa regarding the State’s proposed move to a comprehensive Managed Care Delivery system. There will be four listening sessions targeted to four specific audiences:
Consumers and Advocates
November 10th 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm CST
PIN: 998 150 154
Non-institutional MLTSS Providers
November 12th 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm CST
PIN: 996 551 882
Institutional MLTSS Providers
November 13th 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm CST
PIN: 994 414 009
November 16th 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm CST
PIN: 992 112 202
Interested parties are encouraged to dial in and participate. If you are aware of any individuals or organizations that may benefit from attending a session, please feel free to forward this invitation to them.
Although these listening sessions are meant for consumers and providers, they are open to the general public. Members of the media should contact CMS directly at email@example.com.
The agency’s main campus at 3601 16th Avenue in Cedar Rapids is sporting a new look. The trim around the main building is now painted an “ASAC Blue” and the overgrown shrubs and volunteer trees have been trimmed or removed from in front of the property and around the buildings.
Thanks to a $200 gift card from Culvers Garden Center and Greenhouse, we have added a few plants and bushes. We will now wait, however, until we have developed a comprehensive landscape plan before embarking on any more planting.
If you have expertise in gardening or landscape design we could use your help. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you next spring.
We thank Unity Point/St. Luke’s Hospital for the donation of tables and chairs for our main campus and Heart of Iowa dining rooms.
Our main campus dining room serves 32 adult residential clients and 22 youth clients three meals a day; seven days a week. The Heart of Iowa program provides week-day and evening meals for twenty six families.
This generous in-kind donation gives our dining rooms a professional cafeteria look! Thanks Unity Point!
The Area Substance Abuse Council received $107,000 for our four transitional housing programs; Adult Halfway House and Heart of Iowa Halfway House in Cedar Rapids and Hightower Place and King House in Clinton. ASAC’s Adult Halfway House serves adult men and women, Heart of Iowa and Hightower Place both serve pregnant women or women with children, and King House serves single men.
Our transitional housing programs are critical for our clients who are homeless or who do not have a suitable place to live after completing substance abuse treatment. The Emergency Solutions Grant funding will help ASAC to provide individuals early in recovery with the housing and support services needed for them to transition back into society.