COMPREHENSIVE CASE MANAGEMENT
At Spark of Hope, we believe that comprehensive case management is vital to the success of our clients. Case management generally can be described as a coordinated approach to the delivery of health, substance abuse, mental health, and social services, linking clients with appropriate services to address specific needs and achieve stated goals. We believe strongly that case management lends itself to the treatment of substance abuse, particularly for clients with other disorders and conditions who require multiple services over extended periods of time and who face difficulty in gaining access to those services. According to Samhsa (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration), research suggests two reasons why case management is effective as an adjunct to substance abuse treatment. First, retention in treatment is associated with better outcomes, and a principal goal of case management is to keep clients engaged in treatment and moving toward recovery. Second, treatment may be more likely to succeed when a client’s other problems are addressed concurrently with substance abuse. Case management focuses on the whole individual and stresses comprehensive assessment, service planning, and service coordination to address multiple aspects of a client’s life. Comprehensive substance abuse treatment often requires that clients move to different levels of care or systems.
When implemented to its fullest, case management will enhance the scope of addictions treatment and the recovery continuum. A treatment program utilizing case management will:
- Provide the client a single point of contact for multiple health and social services systems
- Advocate for the client
- Be flexible, community-based, and client-oriented
- Assist the client with needs generally thought to be outside the realm of substance abuse treatment
- Understanding various models and theories of addiction and other problems related to substance abuse
- Ability to describe the philosophies, practices, policies, and outcomes of the most generally accepted and scientifically supported models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention, and continuing care for addiction and other substance-related problems
- Ability to recognize the importance of family, social networks, community systems, and self-help groups in the treatment and recovery process
- Understanding the variety of insurance and health maintenance options available and the importance of helping clients access those benefits
- Understanding diverse cultures and incorporating the relevant needs of culturally diverse groups, as well as people with disabilities, into clinical practice
- Understanding the value of an interdisciplinary approach to addiction treatment
At Spark of Hope, our highly trained case managers and treatment professionals will work with our clients hand-in-hand to ensure that they get the vital support they need as they move through the recovery continuum and transition back to society as healthy and productive members.
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