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  • 27 May 2020 3:09 PM | Tonya Gierke

    Good afternoon and I hope everyone is staying well!  

    I was wondering if any programs utilized a post-discharge survey to evaluate their alternative program effectiveness, participant satisfaction or dissatisfaction, suggestions for improvement, etc.

    If you do a post-discharge survey, would you be willing to share it with me?  My email is Tonya.Gierke@Arkansas.gov.  Thank you so much!

    Tonya Gierke, Assistant Director ArNAP

    Arkansas State Board of Nursing

  • 27 Mar 2020 4:50 PM | Monica Feider

    Good Afternoon,

    I am interested in how monitoring programs are addressing screening participants who:

    -Are on a Stay at Home/similar order and not working

    -Are on a Stay at Home/similar order and working

    Have you made other modifications to monitoring requirements?

    What challenges and successes are you experiencing?  We are seeing collection sites and some treatment programs closing.

    Thank you!

    Monica Feider

     

     

     

  • 02 Jan 2020 11:22 AM | NOAP Executive Office (Administrator)
    NOAP is seeking nominations for the following positions:
    • Treasurer (2 year term beginning March 2020)*
    • Director-at-large (1) (2 year term beginning March 2020)

    *The Executive Committee (President, President Elect, Treasurer, Secretary) are limited to members who are employed with an alternative to discipline or monitoring program. To encourage diversity among the board, the position of Director-at-large is open to any member of NOAP.

    Self nominations are encouraged. Please consider getting involved with your professional organization!

    Duties of the Treasurer

    1. Maintains the Organization’s financial accounts, non-profit status, and reports finances to the Executive Committee.
    2. Makes a report of the financial status of the Organization at all meetings and an annual report for distribution to the membership.
    3. Coordinates all financial responsibilities for the Organization including business meetings, special events and the routine expenses of the Organization.
    4. Carries out those responsibilities delegated by the President or the Executive Committee.
    5. Maintains an up-to-date list of the members whose dues are paid in full. Distributes notices to those members whose dues are in arrears.
    6. Prepares the records of the Organization for independent review and tax preparation.

    Duties of the Member at Large

    A Member at large is a full voting member of the Executive Board and has the same responsibility to ensure the mission and success of the association just as the President, President Elect, Secretary or Treasurer. They serve the board’s strategic needs as determined by the President at any given time. Members-at-large may have various responsibilities and projects – short or long-term – during their elected term. For an example, a member at large may be tasked with serving as a liaison to a task force/committee or assigned to a workgroup tackling a new project.

    Key Dates and Nomination Information:

    • Please submit your nominations to the NOAP Executive Office (administration@alternativeprograms.org) for the positions listed above.
    • Nominations are due by January 24, 2020.
    • Nominees must submit a 1 paragraph biography including qualifications and a statement of their interest in serving to the NOAP Executive Office on or before February 3, 2020. (Limit 200 words).
    • The ballot will be emailed to eligible voting members on February 10, 2020 (vote closes on Mar. 15) and the nominees will take their positions at the conclusion of the 2020 Annual Conference.

    See the NOAP Bylaws at http://www.alternativeprograms.org/bylaws for the official position descriptions.

    ARTICLE V. Elections

    Section 1.

    1. All elections shall be conducted under the authority of the nominating committee.
    2. Elections shall be conducted every year, and ballots shall be sent to each eligible voting member 30 days prior to the annual meeting.
    3. In the event of a vacancy of President Elect, Secretary, or Treasurer, nominations and elections will be conducted for the remaining term of office.
    4. Organizational officers shall be duly elected by a majority of the ballots cast. President Elect shall be elected every two years for a four year term, serving as President Elect year one and two, and serving as President year three and four. All other Officers shall be elected for a two-year term. The President Elect, Secretary and one (1) Officer at large shall be elected on alternate years from the Treasurer and the other Officer at Large.

    ARTICLE VI. Officers

    Section 1. Terms of Office

    1. The Organization shall have six (6) elected officers: President, President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and two (2) Officers-at-Large.
    2. Officers shall serve a two-year term of office, with a limit of two consecutive terms in any one office.
    3. The terms of office shall commence at the conclusion of the annual membership meeting and run through the conclusion of the annual membership meeting two (2) years hence. The outgoing President shall preside over the annual membership meeting.
    4. Absence from more than two consecutive meetings (Executive Committee and/or annual meeting) without cause shall constitute a resignation.
    5. In the event a vacancy occurs in the position of the President, the President Elect automatically assumes the presidency.
    6. In the event of an officer vacancy, the Executive Committee may appoint a duly qualified replacement if the remainder of the term of office is one year or less.

    Section 2. Functions

    1. President
      1. Officiates at Executive Committee and general Organization meetings.
      2. Maintains communication with committees of the organization.
      3. Serves on the Executive Committee for the two years following his/her term of office.
      4. Appoints members to committees as needed after consulting with the Executive Committee.
    2. President Elect
      1. Assumes the responsibilities at the request of, or in the absence of, the President during Executive Committee and Organization business meetings.
      2. Carries out those responsibilities delegated by the President or the Executive Committee.
      3. Provides oversight to the standing committees.
    3. Secretary
      1. Carries out those responsibilities delegated by the President or the Executive Committee.
      2. Records, maintains and distributes to the membership minutes of all organizational meetings.
      3. Maintains a current roster of the membership of the Organization, its committees and other essential documents.
    4. Treasurer
      1. Maintains the Organization’s financial accounts, non-profit status, and reports finances to the Executive Committee.
      2. Makes a report of the financial status of the Organization at all meetings and an annual report for distribution to the membership.
      3. Coordinates all financial responsibilities for the Organization including business meetings, special events and the routine expenses of the Organization.
      4. Carries out those responsibilities delegated by the President or the Executive Committee.
      5. Maintains an up-to-date list of the members whose dues are paid in full. Distributes notices to those members whose dues are in arrears.
      6. Prepares the records of the Organization for independent review and tax preparation.


  • 14 Dec 2019 11:13 PM | John Furman

    The Washington State Nursing Commission (Board) is reviewing its policy on granting "interruptions" from drug testing for participant family vacations, professional education, personal considerations e.g. funerals, child/spouse surgeries... I'll throw in an off the wall situation as in WA there are recovery groups that do things like climbing Mt Rainier.  Would appreciate sharing of your policies on drug test interruptions either within this conversation or by contacting me directly at John.Furman@doh.wa.doh  Sincerely,

  • 10 Dec 2019 5:15 PM | Tonya Gierke

    Good afternoon,

    I am trying to find out if there are any Boards that allow nurses to practice while using MAT.  If so, are there any additional restrictions or conditions that are imposed solely based on the fact that the nurse is using MAT?

    I appreciate any feedback that anyone can provide.

    Tonya Gierke, Assistant Director ArNAP

  • 18 Apr 2019 7:10 AM | Terri Ivory

    Hello,

    Our NJ monitoring program (RAMP) has a history of utilizing RN Case Managers (CM) in the dual roles of CM and Peer Group Facilitators. Our CM's do not accept participants that are part of their case-loads as members of their peer groups in order to avoid claims of favoritism etc.… The origin and main rationale of this practice began years ago as a response to dwindling numbers of available facilitators. Currently and historically, there have not been any citable problems with this practice.

    We are moving ahead with our program agenda by partnering with a third-party administrator which will now install a more academic and structured format for our peer groups, we are excited and proud of this evolvement of process especially as it may pertain to measurable outcomes. As a result, RAMP is rethinking the dual role function and needs outside opinions and viewpoints.

    I would appreciate any feedback about your facilitator processes and groups. Please consider looking at the questions below and provide comments and suggestions accordingly. Or, please contact me directly as needed.

    • 1.      Does your program utilize CM’s in a Peer facilitator role? If so, what policies might you have in place to guard the program from possible legal consequence?
    • 2.      Have you considered a dual CM Peer facilitator role? If so, can you provide insight to why you have chosen to either approve or disapprove a dual role?
    • 3.      Are you considering a dual role now or, have you previously used a dual role?  
    • 4.      What concerns do you have about utilizing CM’s as Peer Facilitators simultaneously?

    Thank you for your attention to this post.

    If you would like to discuss in more detail, please do hesitate to contact me directly.

       Sincerely,

    Terri Ivory

    609-883-5335 x 152


  • 26 Mar 2019 9:10 AM | NOAP Executive Office (Administrator)

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