Survey Shows Narconon Program’s Success Rate

Survey Shows Narconon Program’s Success Rate










Canadian, OK (PRWEB) September 9, 2005

As part of ongoing monitoring of the results of the drug rehabilitation program at Narconon Arrowhead, the organization continues to follow up with graduates and family members to assist individuals in continuing to lead healthy, happy and productive drug-free lives. In a recent follow-up survey of former Narconon Arrowhead clients six months after program completion, more than 70 percent of them had remained drug-free.

The Narconon Arrowhead rehabilitation program uses routine outcomes monitoring as a quality management tool. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) has advocated for routine outcome monitoring as an important component of treatment quality management for nearly two decades. However, such monitoring is rarely implemented in treatment settings.

In addition to existing continuing care procedures that assist residential clients in re-entering their communities, Narconon Arrowhead implemented a 6-month follow-up interview process. Developed in collaboration with the Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education (FASE), this questionnaire contains 12 common outcome measures related to drug use, employment, living situation, legal issues and ongoing use of life skills obtained on the program.

Narconon Arrowhead has been a nationally accredited drug rehabilitation and education center for well over a decade. Results from its latest inspection by the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF) concluded that, “The organization does an excellent job in tracking the progress of the persons served following discharge and uses these data in refining its treatment programming.”

Additional outcome survey data showed that 93 percent of students stated they were satisfied with the program, more than two thirds were now employed and 78 percent of students had no new legal situations since graduating with many clearing up those that existed prior to graduation.

There are over 11,000 drug rehabilitation and addiction treatment programs in the United States alone. The more traditionally accepted approaches often tell people that drug addiction is a brain disease that must be fought one day at a time and its symptoms may be treatable with pharmaceuticals. However, the disease theory has never been conclusively proven and traditional treatment practices have a limited success rate for full recovery.

By comparison, the largest study measuring the effectiveness of treatment programs, called the Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Study (DATOS) and funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), only measured whether or not those who completed various types of programs were using drugs on a weekly basis. It did not measure if they had been clean in the last 30 days, let alone six months. Even on this limited basis the outcomes still fell short of Narconon Arrowhead’s results.

Narconon Arrowhead credits its success to the application of L. Ron Hubbard’s drug-free rehabilitation methodology and the dedication of its staff members.

For more information about effective drug rehabilitation or to get help for a loved one in need, contact Narconon Arrowhead today by calling 1-800-468-6933 or visit http://www.stopaddiction.com now.

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Kansas Health Information Network and ICA Discuss Finding Success in a Large and Diverse Multi-State HIE

Kansas Health Information Network and ICA Discuss Finding Success in a Large and Diverse Multi-State HIE












New York, NY (PRWEB) August 11, 2011

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation announced today that Laura McCrary, EdD, Executive Director, Kansas Health Information Network and John Tempesco, Chief Marketing Officer, ICA will be delivering a case study entitled, “Finding Success in a Large and Diverse Multi-State HIE” at the Institute’s Health IT Summit in Seattle taking place August 15-16, 2011 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.

Dr. McCrary and John Tempesco will provide a high-level overview of the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) project discussing how this model works well for both urban and rural communities and how it is bringing this community model to all participants, not just to hospitals. They will also discuss how KHIN defines a community as well as the challenges of linking both urban and rural settings with their implicit differences. Kansas has more critical access hospitals than any other state in the US and Dr. McCrary and John Tempesco will share how this model can be replicated elsewhere in the country.

“KHIN provides services to all of Kansas and portions of northwest Missouri encompassing large urban and rural areas. KHIN’s goal is to connect 80% of healthcare providers in the service area including 163 hospitals, 4500 physicians, 100 public health departments, 40 community mental health centers and 400 long term care facilities. Our challenge of linking this large population requires health information exchange functionality that integrates with disparate EMR/EHR systems and provides the correct clinical data at the point-of-care. ICA’s CareAlign® was the tool we needed to accomplish this complex task,” McCrary says.

The iHT2 Health IT Summit in Seattle is the premier executive summit focused on the strategies and tools that are re-defining customer care, collaboration and efficiency in the health care provider markets.

Sponsors and Partners for the 2011 iHT2 Health IT Summit in Seattle include: Absolute Software, Apixio, Catalyst Solutions, Carematix, Comcast, Drager, ICA, Intel, MMR Global, Nuance, Raffetto Herman Strategic Communications, Rubbermaid Healthcare, Sago Networks, Vidyo, VoCare, vRad, AMDIS, CMIO, Continua Health Alliance, eHealth SmartBrief, Executive Insight, Frost & Sullivan, Healthcare IT News, HIMSS Washington State Chapter, IDC Health Insights, MarketsandMarkets, ReportsandReports, and SearchHealthIT.com.

About the ICA:

Informatics Corporation of America (ICA) was established to take innovative technology developed by Vanderbilt Medical Center to the broader healthcare market, and now delivers a comprehensive HIE solution to hospitals, IDNs, communities and states. Unmatched in its ability to yield cost effectiveness, improved patient care, and better outcomes, ICA’s CareAlign® solution captures complete data to enhance the decision-making process. The CareAlign clinical intelligence engine empowers HIEs to leverage existing core systems and construct a longitudinal patient record. CareAlign also features provider/patient portals, secure clinical communication, NHIN compliant interoperability, EHR-lite and population management tools. Visit http://www.icainformatics.com; follow us on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/ icainformatics; and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com

About the Institute for Health Technology Transformation:

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation is the leading organization committed to bringing together private and public sector leaders fostering the growth and effective use of technology across the healthcare industry. Through collaborative efforts the Institute provides programs that drive innovation, educate, and provide a critical understanding of how technology applications, solutions and devices can improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare.

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Weight-loss Success Story Kimberly Castle Wins Overall Bikini Title

Weight-loss Success Story Kimberly Castle Wins Overall Bikini Title










Evansville, IN (PRWEB) May 27, 2011

Award Winning Bikini Competitor, Weight-loss Success turn Health and Wellness Expert Kimberly Castle took the her top spot by winning the Overall Bikini Title in the Masters Category at the Grand Rapids National Physique Committee (NPC) Bikini Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 21st. This is Castle’s second Overall Title win in as many months. She won the Overall Master Bikini title at the Canadian Body Building Federation’s (CBBF) Natural Bikini Championships on April 23rd.

A few short years ago, Castle was an “unhappy and very overweight traveling professional” who never would have guessed that she would one day be competing and winning against some of the most beautiful women, “both inside and out.”

“The beginning of my story is not unlike most busy professionals. I went from an overweight executive, working way too many hours, eating out at restaurants way too much and going for a run occasionally to a bikini model. It is so rewarding to know that I am inspiring busy professionals, and really all women, to make their own dreams come true.”

Castle’s weight loss success story has motivated women all over North America with key appearances on the cover of Oxygen Magazine and in Fitness RX. Now this health and wellness expert has added another accomplishment on her resume by winning the Overall Masters Bikini title.

“Winning this title is a dream and puts me one step closer to achieving my goal of becoming and IFBB Bikini Pro. I am proud and honored to have my passion as a competitor and bikini model noted with this accomplishment. I want to thank my entire team for all the amazing support that they gave me, both mentally and physically, leading up to this show.”

Besides training, dieting and practicing her presentation for her next scheduled appearance at the Team Universe Championships in New Jersey on July 7th and 8th, Castle recently launched her ‘New You” program. “This program is specifically created to provide personalized meal plans, exercise and one on one support for women ready to live their dreams.” Her program can be researched at http://www.kimberlycastle.com.

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Government 2.0 Requires New Information Technology Governance and Risk Management to Ensure Success

Government 2.0 Requires New Information Technology Governance and Risk Management to Ensure Success












Ottawa, Canada (Vocus) November 22, 2010

“Governments are faced with a ‘new normal’ of responding to increased citizen demand with reducing budgets,” according to Doug Hadden, Vice President Products at FreeBalance. FreeBalance, a global Government Resource Planning (GRP) software company, will participate in the FMI of Canada Professional Development (PD) Week. The annual conference is taking place at the Hotel Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada from November 22 to 26, 2010. The FMI conference is focused on striking the right balance of risk and control.

Doug Hadden will host an interactive session on how transparency and accountability have become strong themes in government. Titled “The Emperor Has No Clothes – Risk and Results in an Increasing Transparent and Government 2.0 World,” this session will explore how social media and open government initiatives have introduced a new risk and reward paradigm for public servant careers and for government organizations. Transparency, in itself, has become a key performance indicator. An updated methodology on calculating open government value and improving governance structures will be discussed. The session will be held from 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Wednesday November 24, 2010 in the Hotel Lac-Leamy Krieghoff Room.

“Government 2.0 supports government economic incubation and services modernization,” said Doug Hadden, Vice President of Products at FreeBalance. “Innovation is alive and well in government and will be further transformed thanks to Government 2.0. How Government 2.0 technology enables managing for results will be discussed during the session.” Many of the subjects to be discussed are being expanded on the FreeBalance Sustainability Blog — http://www.freebalance.com/blog .

The FMI of Canada 2010 PD Week will trace government efforts to counter the effects of the global recession. It features a series of workshops and information sessions that elaborate on risk and control, striking a balance and public service renewal. The annual five-day conference draws more than 2,400 public financial management professionals to the National Capital Region of Canada. Panel discussions and exhibits provide an opportunity for participants to explore a range of new ideas, products and services.

Members of the FreeBalance team will be available for the duration of the conference to discuss and demonstrate FreeBalance web-based Government Resource Planning (GRP) solutions. FreeBalance Version 7 supports the unique and evolving requirements of government, including GRP, Government Performance Management, Government 2.0, Shared Services and Service Oriented Architectures (SOA). FreeBalance Version 7 covers the entire budget cycle and provides fiscal control over fund allocations, expenditures, appropriations, revenue administration, and human resources. FreeBalance Version 7 is a fully compliant J2EE solution. The n-tier architecture allows departments and agencies to leverage existing web, application and database clusters. Unlike traditional software solutions, the FreeBalance Accountability Suite is fully web based and has no hidden client/server technologies.

The FreeBalance Accountability Suite is one of the most widely deployed financial management systems inside the Government of Canada. More than 50 government departments and agencies use FreeBalance software for enhanced public financial management.

About the Financial Management Institute of Canada

The Financial Management Institute of Canada (fmi*igf) is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit volunteer association, founded in 1962. What started out as a small group of senior federal government accountants meeting around a lunch table to discuss issues of financial management and the role of financial advisors within government has grown to thousands of members, both within and outside the public sector, all working to improve the financial management of all levels of government across Canada. For more information, visit http://www.fmi.ca .

About Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden is an industry veteran with an extensive experience in enterprise technologies. Hadden has more than 20 years of management, sales, marketing and product management experience at several industry-leading public and private companies, including Standard Register, Delano Technology, Platform Computing, Hummingbird, and Olivetti. Hadden is a recognized expert in strategic planning and technology in government.

As VP Products at FreeBalance, Hadden is responsible for all aspects of global marketing, business development and product management. Hadden is also the Chief Customer Advocate responsible for aligning FreeBalance activities with customer priorities. He holds a BA Honours degree in Political Science from Carleton University.

About FreeBalance

FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance software solutions for public financial and human resource management support reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results. For more information, visit http://www.freebalance.com .

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