Friday, February 10, 2017

CALL TO ACTION: Stop DHMH from escalating misinformation campaign to families in crisis!




THIS IS DEPLORABLE AND DISGUSTING!!

A Maryland Public Television Documentary --Breaking Heroin's Grip:  Road to Recovery, airing on 2/11, will promote a number to call
"staffed by crisis hotline staff who will provide callers with information on treatment." 
The number to call is 800-422-0009
Advocates have been calling the number for the crisis hotline to check and make sure that the hotline actually provides "callers with information on treatment" since the hotline was advertised as offering this information during Governor O'Malley's last year in office. 


Sadly --the call center staff provide accurate information ONLY 1 in 5 times to parents seeking treatment for a child suffering from a chronic often-fatal opioid use disorder!!

Advocates made DHMH and NCADD aware of this problem in 2014 ...then again in 2015 ...then again in 2016 ...NOW, in 2017, DHMH has partnered with NCADD and Maryland Public Television to escalate efforts to provide the same WRONG, INACCURATE, and MISLEADING information that it has sought to provide to desperate parents in crisis who are seeking accurate and life-saving information for a son or daughter with a chronic often fatal substance use disorder!


Today, I called the hotline, posing as a parent seeking INPATIENT DETOX for an adult child who uses OPIOIDS INTRAVENOUSLY EVERY DAY and is covered by Maryland MEDICAID.  (The capitalized words should clue the call-taker in to which providers to refer to.  "Intravenous", "daily-use", "opioids" meets medical necessity criteria for referring to "inpatient" "detox").  Consistent with test calls made in 2014, 2015, and 2016, the call-taker gave me 5 referrals --1 inpatient detox provider, 2 hospitals that DO NOT provide opioid detox (and never have), and 2 providers in D.C. that NOT ONLY do not provide opioid detox, BUT DO NOT ACCEPT MARYLAND MEDICAID!! 

IT IS TIME FOR THIS TAXPAYER DEBACLE TO END!! 
HOW HIGH DO THE BODIES HAVE TO PILE UP BEFORE OUR STATE DECIDES TO PROVIDE REAL SOLUTIONS TO AN EPIDEMIC WHICH IS CAUSING MORE DESTRUCTION AND DEVASTATION WITHIN OUR FAMILIES THAN ANY OTHER CRISIS IN RECENT HISTORY?

What adds insult to injury here is that grassroots peer-founded non-profits across Maryland ARE PROVIDING accurate information regarding treatment services to parents in crisis --based on standard medical necessity criteria and payer criteria.  We are all providing this information with very limited funding that we are responsible for raising.  DHMH fails repeatedly to provide us with opportunities for funding, for technical assistance, or for collaboration.  Even though non-profits ARE PROVIDING these services, DHMH consistently hands large grants that could cover much of the peer-support work currently provided throughout the state, to their favored organizations who ARE NOT currently doing the work, WITHOUT ANY RFP OR BID PROCESS --therefore, non-profit organizations that are providing ACCURATE and NECESSARY information to families in crisis, cannot get the support they need to expand or even to sustain these services. 

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!
Please call the following individuals and ask them to work with Maryland's peer support network to FIX THE CRISIS HOTLINE!!  PLEASE CALL EVERY DAY THIS WEEK!!
(please email heroinactioncoalition@gmail.com and let us know that you have called and/or emailed the following individuals)
Barbara J. Bazron, Ph.D., Executive Director, Dept of Health & Mental Hygiene (410) 402-8452
e-mail: barbara.bazron@maryland.gov

Marian V. Bland, Deputy Director, Dept of Health & Mental Hygiene  (410) 402-8461
e-mail: marian.bland@maryland.gov

Margie Donohue, Contact for MPT Project and Crisis Hotline Promotion, (410) 402-8667

Kathleen T. Rebbert-Franklin, Deputy Director for Population-Based Behavioral Health (410) 402-8610
e-mail: kathleen.rebbert-franklin@maryland.gov

Boyd Rutherford, Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, (410) 974-3901

Dennis Schrader, Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene, (410) 767-6500

Maryland Public Television to air documentary highlighting opioid addiction -
February 11 at 7 PM.
Breaking Heroin's Grip: Road to Recovery
Maryland Public Television (MPT) and over two dozen other local TV and radio stations to air a new program called BREAKING HEROIN'S GRIP: ROAD TO RECOVERY on February 11 at 7 p.m.  The program was produced in association with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Behavioral Health Administration . 

The program focuses on the struggles and recovery efforts of three Maryland residents, in rural and urban settings, dealing with opioid addictions. The documentary portion will last 40 minutes and will be followed by a 20 minute live phone bank staffed by crisis hotline staff who will provide callers with information on treatment. 

The number to call is 800-422-0009.
The program was arranged with broadcast and print media as part of an effort to bring localized coverage of the opioid epidemic. Maryland is among many states with surging numbers of fatal overdoses largely from opioids, which include prescription painkillers and heroin.

We ask that you post the promo on any social media your organization may actively be using:

If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact Margie Donohue at margie.donohue1@maryland.gov or 410-402-8667





1 comment:

  1. Those families who are already in great crisis how will tolerate such type of mix leading information. Strict actions should be taken against these culprits.

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