Substance abuse treatment expanded PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 11:50
The Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services voted Monday to increase "consumer choice" for Wood County residents in need of treatment for substance dependency.
However, the vote was met with some opposition from board members and from one local agency already providing such services.
Board members voted 13-3 in favor of the resolution for Compass Corporation Recovery Services, Toledo, to treat an estimated 20 residents between Jan.1 to June 30, at a cost not to exceed $46,200.
Prior to Monday's vote, Dr. Richard Goldberg, chief executive officer for Behavioral Connections in Bowling Green, submitted a letter to Board members expressing concern over the allocation of funds to Compass. The agency also provides treatment for substance dependency and receives some funding from the ADAMHS Board.
Goldberg, in reference to treating substance abuse, said his agency is "meeting the need as it exists at the present time.
"With this being the case, allowing another provider into our system can only mean that the clients will be coming from our existing client population," Goldberg wrote. 
"In summary, I am asking that you delay deciding on adding a provider to our system until and unless there is insufficient capacity for treating the population ready to receive services. If the need is not being met, I would certainly understand the Board taking the proposed action. At the present time, the need is being met, and generally met very well."
Members Tom Kiger and Bev Hirzel asked for the vote to be delayed to gather more information.
Kiger distributed a three-page memorandum describing general, programmatic and financial issues with the proposal made by Compass.
"The proposal offers poor penetration with respect to total population vs. population served," he wrote.
"I would also point out there is a potential for conflict. It may not be a large potential, but it's there and we should at least be sensitive to it," Kiger said at the meeting.
Hirzel, Kiger and Jerome Carpenter voted against the resolution.
Several members voiced opinions in its favor.
"I certainly understand his (Goldberg's) motivation in wanting to preserve or protect his agency against what he thinks is a threat," said member Harold Rosenberg. "I am not convinced this is a threat."
Rosenberg said clients have various reasons for wanting to see a different treatment provider "and we should not restrict their choice to do so."
Member Randy Rothenbuhler also clarified the resolution and said "This is meant for new services and not to detract from another service provider."
Another member, Jay Salvage said "simply adding another provider does not increase penetration."
He called on the board to devise a strategy for increasing the number of people deciding to seek dependency treatment.
"We need to be proactive and not just reach out to people, but entice them," Salvage said.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 12:09

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