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  • 24 Mar 2020 2:36 PM | NOAP Executive Office (Administrator)

    In this stressful time, we at Affinity would like to share our thoughts about the safety and importance of drug testing and our commitment to support you and your licensees.  The two major national labs we use, Quest and LabCorp, have assured us that their patient service centers used by our participants are NOT used for Corona Virus testing  The vast majority of sites will stay open with a few closing due to staffing issues.

    We strongly encourage social distancing and good hygiene at those sites as in all social contacts.

    Clinics and urgent care settings should be used only as a last resort.

    We believe testing is as essential to the recovering professional as blood sugar testing for diabetics or blood pressure monitoring for hypertension.   This is for both the public safety issue, which is especially critical now, as well as to protect individuals in early recovery.  The stress associated with this current crisis certainly puts people with substance use disorders at increased risk from their disease.

    For programs that are going to suspend testing or decrease frequency, when things re-approach normalcy the use of Peth testing as well as hair/nail testing can give us a longer window back.

    Affinity staff will continue to be available to support you in your work, answer questions and solve any problems you and your program may encounter.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns,

    Sincerely,

    Barry Lubin, M.D. FASAM, MRO
    Medical Director
    blubin@affinityesolutions.com
    404-558-5090

  • 24 Mar 2020 1:34 PM | NOAP Executive Office (Administrator)

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    This information has been provided by FSSolutions.

  • 10 Feb 2020 8:03 PM | NOAP Executive Office (Administrator)

    2020 Call for Abstracts

    ***The Submission Deadline is March 31, 2020***

    The International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) invites you to submit an abstract for a symposium, oral presentation and/or poster session at the upcoming Annual Conference, October 14-17, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary, Canada!

    1st Global Congress

    In Conjunction with IntNSA's 44th Annual Educational Conference

    2020 Vision: Year of the Addictions Nurse

    October 14 - 17, 2020

    Regardless of your area of specialty or practice setting, if you attend only one conference this year, we hope that you will join us at IntNSA's Annual Educational Conference. It is expected that this years IntNSA conference will attract a number of internationally diverse participants, including keynote speakers and concurrent sessions, numerous sponsors and exhibits, and a silent auction to help support the Foundation of Addictions Nursing (FAN). Continuing education credits in nursing are available. When you register, if you are not already a member of IntNSA, please consider joining as members to receive a discounted conference registration rate. Whether this is your first IntNSA conference, or you have been attending every year, consider bringing a colleague to share in the scientific knowledge and information about evidence based practice in addictions, as well as the fellowship that defines International Nurses Society on Addictions conferences.

    Abstracts for the conference may be submitted to one of three categories:

    • Research - These abstracts report on original research and must include: problem/purpose, objective (specific aims), design and methods, results and conclusions.
    • Curricula, Quality Improvement, and Program Evaluation - These abstracts report on evaluations of educational curricula, quality improvement projects, and/or innovative program initiatives and must include: problem (and the change that is needed), evidence appraisal and synthesis, implementation strategies for practice change, evaluation (results), and lessons learned.
    • Clinical Case Presentations - These abstracts describe an illustrative case that reinforces specific skills or competencies for the care of substance use or addictive disorders across the services continuum, and/or specific educational objectives.
    Submit abstracts for the conference for one of the following formats:
    • Oral Presentations (25 minute concurrent sessions with 5 minutes between for discussion)
    • Symposia (55 minute team presentations on a significant topic)
    • Poster Presentations (must be present during the poster session)
    WHERE TO SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACTS

    All abstracts should be submitted using the online form at All abstracts should be submitted using the online form at http://www.pmswebreg.info/intnsa2020/openconf.php.

    WHAT TO SUBMIT

    You will be required to submit the following information with your abstract:

    1. Submission title. Limited to 25 words
    2. Type of submission. (Oral, Symposia, or Poster; and whether it is Research-based; Curricula, QI, Program Evaluation; or Clinical Case)
    3. Audio visual requirements. The following will be provided: LCD Projector & Screen; Podium Microphone; Laptop Computer; and Laser Pointer
    4. Full name, credentials, contact information, and short biography for each author in your submission. (The biography is limited to 150 words per author. This information and abstract will appear in the final program.)
    5. Learner category. Abstracts should be tailored to the following level(s) of experience:
      1. Beginner
      2. Novice
      3. Intermediate
      4. Expert
    6. Content categories. Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to:
      1. Emerging trends in substance use epidemiology
      2. Alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
      3. Co-occurring medical and/or psychiatric disorders
      4. Prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery
      5. Pharmacotherapy, including detoxification, abstinence, replacement and maintenance, and harm-reduction
      6. Mutual help groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Nar-Anon
      7. Professional monitoring programs
      8. Alternative or complementary treatment
      9. Community-based initiatives
      10. Legislative and other legal considerations
      11. Ethical issues associated with substance use
    7. Learning objectives. Please provide at least 2 measurable objectives
    8. Abstract content. The abstract is limited to 250 words (i.e., excluding the title and author information and references. The text should highlight the main points of the presentation
    9. CV/Resume of the primary author for upload
    WHO SHOULD SUBMIT

    Only the primary author or lead organizer should submit an abstract. If the author is listed on the abstract but is not attending the conference, their name will not appear in the program and their CV/resume is not required.

    EVALUATION CRITERIA Criteria used to evaluate submissions include:

    • relevance to the conference theme
    • importance to the field of Addictions Nursing
    • with empirical studies, quality of research methods and findings
    • with theoretical papers, quality of the theoretical argument
    • potential to understand/improve practice/patient care
    • overall organization of the abstract
    THANK YOU

    The Conference Committee would like to thank you for your willingness to share your knowledge with the IntNSA Conference attendees. Feel free to forward this to others who have knowledge on these topics to share. KEY

    DATES

    • Submissions Close: March 31, 2020
    • Target date for accept/reject notifications: May 15, 2020
    • Target date for Presenter attendance confirmations and abstract edits/updates: June 15, 2020
    • Presenter registration deadline: September 1, 2020
    • Presenter handout/files submission deadline: September 30, 2020
    If your abstract is selected for the conference, and you accept, you will be expected to register for the conference. Failure to register by the deadline will result in an automatic withdrawal of the offer to present.
  • 20 Dec 2018 10:58 AM | Susan Toth (Administrator)

    NOAP is seeking nominations for the following positions:

    • President Elect (2 years as President Elect; 2 years as President)*
    • Secretary (2 year term, expiring March 2021)*
    • Director-at-large (1) (2 year term, expiring March 2021)

    *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.

    The relevant bylaws are provided below for your information and review. Self nominations are encouraged. Please consider getting involved with your professional organization!

    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 25, 2019.
    • 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 1, 2019. (Limit 200 words).
    • The ballot will be emailed to eligible voting members on February 10, 2019 (vote closes on Mar. 15) and the nominees will take their positions at the conclusion of the 2019 Annual Conference.

    Thank you,

    Robert Ranieri
    Account Manager
    National Organization of Alternative Programs
    3416 Primm Lane
    Birmingham, AL 35216 USA
    P: 205-823-6106
    www.alternativeprograms.org

    From the NOAP Bylaws, see bylaws at http://www.alternativeprograms.org/bylaws.

    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.


  • 04 Jan 2018 10:36 AM | Susan Toth (Administrator)

    The current bylaws can be found online at http://www.alternativeprograms.org/bylaws.  And the proposed change is noted below. The proposed addition will be added as "C. Other Memberships" to section "Section 2. Membership; Eligibility Requirements; Privileges:"

    C. Other Memberships
      1. The board of directors will determine the inclusion of any additional categories of membership as determined necessary
    .

    Members may login and post comments regarding the proposed addition by replying to this message.
  • 04 Jan 2018 10:27 AM | Susan Toth (Administrator)

    NOAP is seeking nominations to fill the following positions:

    • Treasurer (2 year term, expiring March 2020)*
    • Director-at-large (1) (2 year term, expiring 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.

    The relevant bylaws are provided below for your information and review. Self nominations are encouraged. Please consider getting involved with your professional organization!

    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 20, 2018.
    • 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 January 28, 2018. (Limit 200 words).
    • The ballot will be emailed to eligible voting members on February 24, 2018 and the nominees will take their positions at the conclusion of the 2018 Annual Conference.

    Thank you,

    Robert Ranieri
    Account Manager
    National Organization of Alternative Programs
    3416 Primm Lane
    Birmingham, AL 35216 USA
    P: 205-823-6106
    www.alternativeprograms.org

    From the NOAP Bylaws

    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.

     

  • 28 Jul 2016 12:22 PM | Susan Toth (Administrator)

    These articles were originally published in "The Examiner" a Louisiana State Board of Nursing production. Volume 25, Number 3, http://www.lsbn.state.la.us.

    Drug Testing 101 for Healthcare Employers
    by Barbara H. McGill, MSN, RN; Louisiana State Board of Nursing

    View the entire article (pdf).

     

      Healing the Healers: A conversation with Doctor C. on the brain disease of addiction
    Louis Catalide, MD; Diplomat American Board of Addictions Medicine

    View the entire article (pdf).

     


  • 27 Jun 2016 5:58 AM | Susan Toth (Administrator)

    http://peerassistance.aana.com/directory.asp?State=All

    This link is the AANA’s directory for Peer Assistance and indicates whether the state has an alternative program.

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