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Healthcare Reform and the Future of our Field – What to Do, Where to Start?

April 11, 2012

Deni Carise, PhD
Chief Clinical Officer, Phoenix House

About the Presentation: The passage of Healthcare Reform (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) will have a profound effect on the substance abuse treatment and prevention field. This presentation will describe the Parity Law and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We will evaluate how they are likely to affect the Substance Abuse treatment business in our country and how treatment providers can respond, including:

1) Delivery of Evidence-Based Practices
2) Integrating our services into the healthcare system
3) Use of fully integrated Electronic Health Records systems
4) Learning to bill insurances and Medicaid
5) Development of our workforce
6) Developing additional engaging, effective treatment options, measuring our performance, and showing our value

About the Presenter: Dr. Carise, a Clinical Psychologist, joined Phoenix House as Chief Clinical Officer in January 2010. She is also currently an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Psychiatry. Prior to coming to Phoenix House she was Director of the Treatment Systems Research Section (1994-2010) at the Philadelphia-based Treatment Research Institute (TRI) where she was awarded numerous NIH and ONDCP grant to develop new interventions as well as time-saving, treatment-improving information management strategies for providers of substance abuse services.

She earned both her Bachelor’s Degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (1993) from Hahnemann Medical University/Drexel University in Philadelphia. She completed a NIDA Post-Doctoral Fellowship (1993–1996) at the University of Pennsylvania. In the substance abuse treatment and research field over 25 years, Dr. Carise has practiced in almost all modalities of substance abuse treatment programs, has worked with adults and adolescent populations including dually diagnosed clients, Native Americans, and with medical populations (including spinal cord injured, cardiac care and trauma patients). She has worked extensively with numerous countries and their treatment providers including Nigeria, Thailand, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Singapore, Brazil, China and others to integrate scientifically-validated treatments into their treatment programs. She has been particularly committed to working with developing countries.

Dr. Carise has published in numerous peer-reviewed and professional journals and has presented over 150 lectures by invitation (approximately 35 internationally) in the past 15 years. She has also been featured in segments of Nightline, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, CBS and NBS evening news, New York news and many Federally-funded Web-casts and has also been quoted in popular newsprint media such as US News and World Report, Fox News, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Weekly, NIDA Notes and others. She also has a regular Huffington Post blog.