CRC Health Group Press Releases


Burkwood Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center Welcomes Industry Veteran Mark Lancet as Executive Director

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September 28, 2011 (Hudson, WI) — Burkwood Treatment Center, a licensed residential chemical dependency treatment facility that specializes in treating men and women with a dual diagnosis of addiction and co-occurring mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, is pleased to announce the appointment of new Executive Director, Mark Lancet, MA, effective September 12, 2011.  Lancet joins Burkwood with over 30 years of experience in healthcare management.

“We are pleased to welcome Mark to the Burkwood team,” said Jerry Rhodes, Chief Operating Officer of CRC Health Group, parent company of Burkwood Treatment Center.  “His extensive leadership and operations experience with drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs will be great assets to the staff and clients of Burkwood.”

Lancet’s vast experience includes roles as clinical, program and administrative director for hospitals, residential treatment centers, and healthcare companies.  Most recently, he spent four years as an administrator for a behavioral health hospital in Minnesota where he led the clinical and operational teams and served as a community liaison to integrate mental health services.  Lancet also has served as a consultant for large organizations and worked in private practice in addition to leadership roles with various professional and community associations.  He received his Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the Burkwood treatment team,” said Lancet.  “All of the services provided will begin and end with what is in the best interests of the patients and their families to enhance their recovery process.”

Burkwood Treatment Center specializes in treating men and women with a dual diagnosis of addiction and co-occurring mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD) and personality disorders.  Based on each client’s individual history and unique needs, the experts at Burkwood create a personalized treatment plan that includes chemical dependency education and treatment, intensive counseling and support groups, individual goal planning, vocational and education counseling, and aftercare and discharge planning.

Burkwood Treatment Center is a member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral healthcare services in the nation. CRC offers the largest array of personalized treatment options, allowing individuals, families and professionals to choose the most appropriate treatment setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management and therapeutic education needs. CRC is committed to making its services widely and easily available, while maintaining a passion for delivering advanced treatment.  Since 1995, CRC has been helping individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives.  For more information, visit www.crchealth.com or call (877) 637-6237.

 

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Aspen Education Group Announces Full Program Accreditation

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(Carlsbad, CA – August 30, 2011) – Aspen Education Group, the nation’s largest provider of therapeutic education programs for struggling or underachieving teens, today announced the achievement of accreditation by every one of its nationwide facilities, the only organization of its kind to achieve such a feat.  All of Aspen’s residential schools and outdoor behavioral health (wilderness) programs are now accredited by The Joint Commission or CARF (the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).

The Joint Commission’s “Gold Seal of Approval” and CARF accreditations represent the highest levels of accreditation that can be awarded to organizations and show Aspen Education Group’s substantial conformance to nationally accepted standards of excellence.  These standards address important functions relating to the care of individuals served and the management of the facility.

“We are extremely proud of this record achievement of all-program accreditation and its reflection on the quality of treatment within Aspen’s programs for struggling teens,” said Dr. Phil Herschman, Chief Clinical Officer for Aspen’s parent company, CRC Health Group.  “To be the first and only organization to so fully endorse the importance of accreditation for troubled teen programs is a testament to our commitment to clinical excellence for the students and families we serve.”

The accreditations are the result of rigorous peer review processes and on-site surveys that illustrated to the accrediting bodies that the Aspen programs and services are of the highest quality, provide measurable results and assure accountability.

CARF accrediting officials noted particular strengths in the Aspen programs’ operations including the high-quality, dedicated and friendly staff, comprehensive programming, innovative educational services, and thorough safety policies and procedures.  CARF surveyors also noted the programs’ welcoming environments and the high level of satisfaction from referring professionals, students and families.  In addition, special attention and commendations were paid to Aspen’s outcome studies that illustrated positive program results.

“A lot of hard work goes into these accreditations and I am very pleased with our programs’ successes,” said Ruth Moore, Sr. Vice President of Compliance and Quality Management for CRC Health.  “We are also grateful to The Joint Commission and CARF for their time and efforts, and for recognizing the distinctive quality of Aspen Education Group’s network of programs.”

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.  An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

Founded in 1966, CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served.  The accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

Aspen Education Group’s nationwide services range from short-term intervention programs to residential treatment, and include a variety of therapeutic settings such as boarding schools, outdoor behavioral health programs and special needs summer camps, allowing professionals and families the opportunity to choose the best setting to meet a student’s unique academic and emotional needs.  Aspen is a member of CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest addiction treatment and behavioral health services organization.  For more information, visit www.crchealth.com.

 

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CRC Health Group Unveils Clinical Advisory Board

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Contact: Kristen Hayes, Corporate Communications Director, 949-589-1765, khayes@crchealth.com

August 11, 2011 — (Cupertino, CA) – CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest provider of behavioral health and addiction treatment services, today unveiled the 10 members of a newly established, national Clinical Advisory Board. The Clinical Advisory Board will be responsible for providing expert guidance as the company develops a cutting-edge treatment delivery system that encompasses the latest innovations and research. The Board will be led by Dr. Phil Herschman, Chief Clinical Officer for CRC Health Group.

Members of the CRC Clinical Advisory Board (in alphabetical order) include:

  • Dr. Kathleen T. Brady, MD, PhD – Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, researcher
  • Dr. Thomas J. Brady, MD, MBA – Medical Director of Villa Fairmont Mental Health Rehabilitation Center, Medical Director of Sausal Creek Outpatient Stabilization Clinic, behavioral health consultant
  • Dr. Marc Fishman, MD – Medical Director of Maryland Treatment Centers, Member of the Psychiatry Faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Current President of the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Dr. Michael T. Flaherty, PhD – Founder of IRETA (Institute for Research, Education and Training in the Addictions)
  • Dr. Norman G. Hoffmann, PhD – President of Evince Clinical Assessments, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Western Carolina University
  • Jim Hudak, MPP – Chief Executive Officer of Paradigm Management Services
  • General Barry R. McCaffrey, MA – Former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, President of BR McCaffrey Associates LLC
  • Cardwell C. Nuckols, MA, PhD – Author, former clinician, program director and hospital administrator
  • Dr. David Powell, PhD, CCS, LADC, LMFT – President of the International Center for Health Concerns, Inc. and the Clinical Supervision Institute, author of Clinical Supervision in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling (2004)
  • Gerald Shulman, MA, MAC, FACATA – President of Shulman & Associates, Training & Consulting in Behavioral Health

“We are delighted to officially announce CRC Health Group’s new Clinical Advisory Board and extremely pleased with the caliber of professionals we have assembled to guide us toward an innovative CRC treatment model,” said Dr. Herschman.

Each Clinical Advisory Board member has experience in behavioral health and/or addiction treatment or research; their expertise and guidance will help drive CRC Health Group’s vision of becoming the recognized industry leader for clinical excellence. This includes providing input on the company’s existing quality protocols to increase treatment efficacy and patient satisfaction. Work is already underway, with an in-person meeting scheduled for this November.

“Collaboration between professionals has proven time and time again to be an exceptional catalyst for enhancing services and advancing research,” said Clinical Advisory Board member Gerald Shulman. “That CRC has taken the lead by bringing together so many outstanding individuals in the addiction treatment and behavioral healthcare world is a testament to their commitment to their patients – they are showing true dedication to providing patients with the highest quality, most evidence-based care. The willingness of a system to expend resources to enhance their patients’ treatment outcomes without an immediate return on investment is the mark of commitment to that goal. I look forward to working with this group.”

CRC Health Group offers a nationwide network of addiction treatment and behavioral health services and recently ranked 3rd nationally in overall mental health best practices by the MHCA. Research, outcome studies, and best practices executed by each line of the company’s business – including addiction treatment, eating disorder treatment, weight management, and therapeutic programming for troubled youth – will now benefit from the guidance provided by the distinguished members of the Clinical Advisory Board.

“It is an honor to be selected to participate in such an extraordinary ‘meeting of the minds,’” said Clinical Advisory Board member Dr. Thomas Brady. “I look forward to maximizing this brain trust and collectively contributing to the enhanced delivery of treatment services, specifically within CRC’s large network of programs, and more broadly, for the treatment industry at-large.”

Full bios for the Clinical Advisory Board can be found by clicking here

Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., CRC Health Group is the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral healthcare services in the nation. CRC offers the largest array of personalized treatment options, allowing individuals, families and professionals to choose the most appropriate treatment setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management and therapeutic education needs. CRC is committed to making its services widely and easily available, while maintaining a passion for delivering advanced treatment. Since 1995, CRC has been helping individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives.

For more information, visit www.crchealth.com or call (877) 637-6237.

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CRC Health Group Appoints David Duerst Senior Vice President of Sales

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Kristen Hayes, Corporate Communications Director
CRC Health Group
(949) 589-1765
khayes@crchealth.com

Cupertino, CA, July 18, 2011 — CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive network of behavioral health and addiction treatment services, has announced the hiring of David Duerst as Senior Vice President of Sales. Duerst will be responsible for marketing the company’s 150-plus treatment programs to clinical professionals, education consultants and key strategic accounts.

“David is a wonderful addition to our management team,” said R. Andrew Eckert, CRC Health Group’s CEO. “His demonstrated success as a sales leader in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries will greatly benefit our growing company.”

Duerst joins CRC with 20 years of sales leadership experience. For the past six years, he has been with Ther-Rx Corporation, a specialty pharmaceutical company that markets branded pharmaceuticals. Duerst served as Vice President of Sales which included the launch of several products, a sales force deployment strategy, learning and development, and sales operations. He completed a significant expansion of the sales organization for a new product and, with his team, grew net revenue by 50 percent last year. He previously served as one of the company’s National Sales Directors where he built a 100-person sales team in 2005.

Duerst also spent 12 years with Johnson & Johnson in positions of increasing responsibility within sales, marketing and business analytics. While there, Duerst was a key sales director in the very successful launch of an ADHD product that generated well over $600 million in sales during his tenure. He was also recognized multiple times for his leadership and innovation with several “Standards of Leadership Awards.”

Duerst began his career as a sales rep for Hormel Foods Corporation and received his undergraduate degree in marketing from Kansas State University.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining the impressive team at CRC Health Group,” said Duerst. “This company offers a tremendous and well-respected portfolio of behavioral health services, and I look forward to playing a role in its future growth.”

Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., CRC Health Group is the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral healthcare services in the nation. CRC offers the largest array of personalized treatment options, allowing individuals, families and professionals to choose the most appropriate treatment setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management and therapeutic education needs. CRC is committed to making its services widely and easily available, while maintaining a passion for delivering advanced treatment. Since 1995, CRC has been helping individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives. For more information, visit www.crchealth.com or call (877) 637-6237.

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CRC Health Group Appoints LeAnne M. Stewart to Chief Financial Officer

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Cupertino, CA – July 8, 2011 – CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive network of behavioral health and addiction treatment services, today announced the hiring of LeAnne M. Stewart, MBA, CMA, CPA, as its new Chief Financial Officer. Stewart replaces former CFO, Kevin Hogge, who left the company earlier this year.

“We are pleased to welcome LeAnne to the CRC management team and look forward to all that she will contribute to our company,” said R. Andrew Eckert, CEO of CRC Health Group.

Stewart joins CRC with nearly 25 years of experience in finance. Previously, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Nash Finch Company, one of the country’s largest wholesale grocery distributors, and most recently she was Chief Financial Officer of Granite Construction, a publicly traded, diversified heavy civil contractor and construction materials producer. Stewart spent nearly 10 years at Ernst & Young LLP where she managed complex transactions including the initial public offering of a major airline.

Stewart is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant, and earned her MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

“It’s exciting to join a leading organization like CRC Health Group,” said Stewart. “The company is on the cutting edge of addiction treatment and behavioral health services, and I am delighted to be here to play my part in its continued success.”

Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., CRC Health Group is the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral healthcare services in the nation. CRC offers the largest array of personalized treatment options, allowing individuals, families and professionals to choose the most appropriate treatment setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management and therapeutic education needs. CRC is committed to making its services widely and easily available, while maintaining a passion for delivering advanced treatment. Since 1995, CRC has been helping individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives. For more information, visit www.crchealth.com or call (877) 637-6237.

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New Life Lodge Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Contact: Bob Weiner/Rebecca Vander Linde 301-283-0821 or 202-329-1700

FRI. OCT. 9 11:15 AM NEWS CONFERENCE AT BURNS, TN NEW LIFE LODGE 25TH ANNIVERSARY, EXPANSION, DRUG CRISIS NEWS:
999 Girl Scout Road, Burns, TN 37029

WILL ADDRESS ABUSE TRIPLING OF “NEW HEROIN” PRESCRIPTION OPIATES LIKE OXYCONTIN, ONE HALF MILLION TENNESSEANS LACK TREATMENT WHO NEED IT ACCORDING TO HHS

VIP’S 4-STAR GEN.-FORMER DRUG CZAR BARRY MCCAFFREY, CRC HEALTH CEO BARRY KARLIN, TENN. ASST. MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSIONER BRUCE EMERY, NATIONAL AND LOCAL OFFICIALS, POLICE CHIEFS, OTHER TREATMENT LEADERS

GROUNDBREAKING & BALLOON LIFTOFF AS ONE OF COUNTRY’S PREMIER DRUG TREATMENT FACILITIES TO DOUBLE ADOLESCENT PROGRAM, ADD $4 MILLION BUILDING

(Nashville and Burns, TN)–At 11:15 PM on Friday, Oct. 9, Burns, Tennessee’s New Life Lodge, one of the country’s premier drug and alcohol treatment facilities, will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a news conference announcement of doubling its national model adolescent program, groundbreaking of a $4 million expansion, balloon liftoff, and discussion of the ongoing drug crisis.

VIP’s participating from around the country will include Four-Star General and former U.S. Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey, state and local officials including Tennessee’s Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Bruce Emery, police chiefs, national and local treatment leaders, and Dr. Barry Karlin, CEO of New Life Lodge’s parent company, CRC Health Group, the country’s largest substance abuse and behavioral treatment provider with 140 facilities nationwide.

In addition, participants at the events will discuss the crisis which remains, including the tripling of prescription drug abuse of opiates such as OxyContin, the “new heroin”, in addition to cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, designer and “club” drugs, and alcohol. SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of HHS) reports that Tennessee is among the highest ten states for non-medical abuse of prescription drugs. According to the federal HHS, almost a half million Tennesseans — 485,000 — need but do not receive drug and alcohol treatment, and 23.9 million people across the U.S. lack treatment.

As part of the events, pop/blues artist John McAndrew, who has sung for NATO heads of state, will perform.

New Life Lodge is located at 999 Girl Scout Road. Burns TN 37029, tel. 615-446-7034 or 866-836-8125.
Gen. McCaffrey, now a national media expert on drugs and terror and West Point professor, stated, “We celebrate the success of treatment but must address the continuing crisis — and New Life Lodge is a model of the way forward. The national and state treatment gaps remain a huge challenge. 23.9 million Americans need but do not receive treatment for illicit drug or alcohol problems according to the latest numbers from HHS. Less than four million receive treatment. In Tennessee 485,000 people need but do not receive treatment.”

Dr. Karlin said, “New Life Lodge is a national model facility with an outstanding adolescent program, and we are proud the facility is doubling its badly needed adolescent capacity pointing the way to recovery.” He added, “The October 9 events signify that we celebrate, honor and remember the patients, families and staff who have gone through treatment, and carry hope for those still suffering from the disease. Drug abuse is a chronic illness just like diabetes and hypertension. Treatment works.”

Joe Pritchard, CRC Vice President who oversees New Life Lodge, and ten-year former Nashville resident, will emcee the events.

 

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CRC Hosts Press Event Addressing the ‘Treatment Gap’ in America

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Last week, CRC brought new insights (and some much needed rain) to the city of San Antonio, Texas.

On Thursday, June 23rd, CRC Health and Starlite Recovery Center hosted a panel discussion on innovative, science-based treatment approaches to reduce relapse. Attendees included leaders of prominent organizations such as San Antonio NCADD, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, local health care providers, addiction specialists, the press, as well as staff from Starlite Recovery Center.

The media attention was tremendous including a pre-event live NBC interview with General McCaffrey and Andy Eckert, a flurry of radio interviews, and five TV stations at the event.

Attendees gathered at the Witte Museum Memorial Auditorium in San Antonio to learn about the latest developments in relapse prevention, including CRC’s Provita program which blends detox and residential treatment with the FDA-approved medication Vivitrol.

The press conference featured an impressive line-up of speakers, including:

  • 4-Star General Barry R. McCaffrey (retired) – Former U.S. Drug Czar
  • Andrew Eckert, CEO – CRC Health Group
  • Jerry Rhodes, COO – CRC Health Group
  • Walter W. Root, M.D., MBA – Co-President of the Bexar County Psychiatric Association
  • Molly Hazlett-Simmons – Miss Texas 2007
  • Harold Owens, Sr. Director – MusiCares/MAP Fund (the charity arm of the Grammy Organization)

In rousing fashion, General McCaffrey shed light on the scope of the addiction problem in the U.S., highlighting the fact that 24 million people (1.8 million in Texas alone) need help but do not receive it. He also shared a message of hope with those struggling with the abject misery of prescription opiate addiction.

CRC’s leadership, represented by Andy Eckert and Jerry Rhodes, expressed their commitment to closing the “treatment gap” in the U.S. by providing life-saving treatment to more families in need. Starlite Recovery Center, the oldest residential treatment center in the state, is aiding in this effort with its recent Tricare approval and launch of the Provita program.

Harold Owens, who works with famous and up-and-coming artists, and Molly Hazlett-Simmons, whose platform is drug and alcohol education, closed the hour with moving personal stories that underscored the devastating impact of addiction.

After the press conference, attendees were invited to take part in a collaborative question-and-answer session. For about 30 minutes, the group discussed the challenges of treating addiction and brainstormed ways to get local politicians, judges and other influential parties involved in improving the services available to those struggling with the disease of addiction.

 

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Science Breakthroughs To Reduce Nation’s Drug Treatment Gap

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2011
Contact: Bob Weiner/Gavriel Swerling 301-283-0821 or 202-306-1200

SCIENCE BREAKTHROUGHS TO REDUCE NATION’S DRUG TREATMENT GAP NEWS CONFERENCE THURS. FEB. 24 11 AM WITH NATIONAL & CITY LEADERS AT NCADD/PRO-ACT OFFICE, PHILADELPHIA, 444 NORTH 3RD STREET

PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE 4-STAR GEN./FORMER US DRUG CZAR BARRY McCAFFREY, PA DRUG AND ALCOHOL BUREAU DIRECTOR, MISS PHILADELPHIA, NATIONAL COUNCIL ON ALCOHOL & DRUG DEPENDENCE CEO, PHILADELPHIA DEPUTY MAYOR FOR SAFETY, COUNTRY’S LARGEST DRUG TREATMENT PROVIDER CRC HEALTH CEO, OTHER STATE SENS. AND REPS., LAW ENFORCEMENT, TREATMENT LEADERS

(Philadelphia, PA) – Scientific Breakthroughs to Reduce the Nation’s and Pennsylvania’s drug treatment gap will be the subject of a news conference with national, state, and local drug treatment leaders 11AM Thursday, February 24 in Philadelphia. The location is 444 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia 19123, the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence Southeast Council Training Center and office of Pro-Act, 3rd Floor.

Participants will feature Four-Star General and former U.S. Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey, national media expert on drugs and terrorism; National Council on Alcohol & Drug Dependence CEO Robert Lindsey; Pennsylvania’s Drug and Alcohol Bureau Director, Robin Rothermel; Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Safety, Everett Gillison; Miss Philadelphia, Andrea Helfrich; the CEO of the country’s largest behavioral and alcohol and drug treatment provider, CRC Health Group, Andy Eckert; and other Pennsylvania state senators and representatives, law enforcement, and treatment leaders including the medical community.

Following the 11:00 event, media are welcome to stay for an informal lunch at noon for socializing with attendees and additional interview opportunities.

General McCaffrey stated, “The Pennsylvania alcohol and drug treatment gap of people who need but do not receive treatment is 252,000 according to SAMHSA, and the gap is 21 million nationally. New tools for drug treatment, and public attention to the need for treatment and ways to obtain it, will give people more ways to enter treatment and reduce the number of those who should but do not get help.”

New CRC CEO Andy Eckert added that he is excited to be at the helm of the nation’s largest treatment provider because “We help people. Many people have no way to reclaim their lives after falling into substance abuse, and we help turn them around. Everyone in the field has told me how fulfilling this mission is. We are proud to strive for and achieve clinical excellence through the use of evidence-based treatment.”

Some of the recent breakthroughs to be discussed include a new monthly application recently approved by the FDA. Its launch to counter opiate addiction is being announced at the news conference, and it could be a “game changer” by providing an alternate to daily medication, according to CRC Recovery Division President Jerry Rhodes. “A study just reported in the December 2010 issue of The American Journal of Managed Care analyzed 6000 patients suffering from alcoholism, divided them into two groups of 3000, and found that the group receiving the medication had a smaller percentage of detoxification admissions and fewer inpatient detox days at six months than the group not receiving the medication, “ Rhodes said.

He continued, “Other recent additions to drug treatment include buprenorphine, an alternate medication to methadone; and cutting edge brain scans to demonstrate problems and progress in individuals’ substance abuse and treatment. The new scientific advances complement the comprehensive counseling and tools already in place which will also be discussed.”

(In addition to covering the news conference, with Q&A, and joining lunch, media may request Feb. 24 pre-event morning telephone interviews, by contacting Bob Weiner in advance at 301-283-0821 or cell 202-306-1200).

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Teen Internet Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Country’s First Launched in San Jose

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TEEN INTERNET DRUG AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT: COUNTRY’S FIRST LAUNCHED IN SAN JOSE BY FORMER US DRUG CZAR, SCHOOL OFFICIALS, ANTI-DRUG LEADERS, TEENS, AND CRC HEALTH CORP.

CEO BARRY KARLIN AND FORMER US DRUG CZAR, GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY JOIN TEENS, SCHOOLS, ANTI-DRUG LEADERS IN ANNOUNCING AND DEMONSTRATING PROGRAM

CRC also announces Extremely Positive Results of First Year’s “eGetgoing” Adult Internet Drug and Alcohol Treatment, “eGetgoing” Merger into Comprehensive National Treatment Program of full CRC Health Corporation, and CRC Addition of Major Methadone Program to Keep People Off Heroin

(San Jose, CA)–Joined by the country’s former Drug Czar, school officials, anti-drug experts, and teens, CRC Health Corporation and its online affiliate eGetgoing, the country’s only accredited internet drug and alcohol treatment company, today announced and displayed the nation’s first internet-based interactive audio and video drug and alcohol treatment and counseling program for teenagers. CRC Health Corporation CEO Dr. Barry Karlin and former U.S. Drug Czar, Four-Star General Barry McCaffrey, joined teens, school officials, and anti-drug leaders in a demonstration formally launching the program on Wednesday, November 13, at CRC headquarters in San Jose, CA.

Dr. Karlin said, “The ‘teenGetgoing’ program, which has carried out pilot projects with outstanding results, will make a big difference in how the nation handles drug and alcohol dependency by teens who now face a gap in treatment services. We have a national crisis in teen drug and alcohol abuse. Today we are announcing a way to do something extremely significant about it, something that will be revolutionary in reducing the treatment gap. Teens say that ‘teenGetgoing’s’ private interactive video and Internet technology is ‘cool’. The program also overcomes traditional drug and alcohol treatment obstacles of access, stigma, privacy, and cost. According to the Household Survey recently released by HHS, nearly one-fourth of eighth graders say they have been drunk; 10.8% of youth 12-17 used illegal drugs last year.”

Gen. McCaffrey, who joined the Board of eGetgoing because of “the enormous potential for the Internet to make a difference in the country’s drug treatment gap,” stated, “The growing crisis of teen drug abuse mandates the imaginative and creative approach that teenGetgoing will employ on the Internet. We know that teens love interactive video, and teenGetgoing gives kids the opportunity to seek treatment in an atmosphere in which they are comfortable, with the added benefit of privacy. According to HHS, 27 million Americans use illegal drugs or alcohol regularly, 16 million need treatment, but only 3 million get it. The desperation of addiction is even more tragic when young people cannot obtain treatment. The new youth treatment opportunity from this innovative technology opens the door for them to improve the rest of their lives.”

Mike Mikesell, Ph.D., School Psychologist and Counselor at West Slope Senior Academy in Portland, Oregon, reported to the group that a teenGetgoing pilot project with over 20 students had “outstanding results for the kids”. He said , “The students love going on the Internet. They require no persuasion to go on-line with the counselor and look forward to it every day. Uniformly and resoundingly, everyone liked the program. Before, we were having a pretty tough time reaching the kids.” Dr. Mikesell stated, “Most of all, I believe that drug consumption in the school was beginning to fall.”

Jackie Guevarra, Principal of Foothill High School in San Jose, which is currently piloting teenGetgoing, also participated in the news conference and voiced her endorsement of the program. Also joining the news conference was Gabrielle Antollovich, Executive Director of National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of Silicon Valley, and innovative anti-drug educator Lynn Lafferty, author of INDEPTH.

Dr. Karlin and General McCaffrey also made four other important announcements:

  • “The extremely positive results” of the first year tests of CRC’s also unique adult on-line treatment program, “eGetgoing”, the only nationally accredited program.
  • “eGetgoing’s” role in the new comprehensive national treatment system of CRC Health Corporation, including residential and outpatient drug treatment. eGetgoing is now creating a new model for addiction treatment, and together with the full scope of services offered by CRC, affords the full continuum of care.
  • CRC’s addition of a major multi-state methadone program to keep people off heroin, away from crime, and in productive positions in the community.
  • CRC recently completed a substantial round of equity funding, making it one of the country’s largest drug and alcohol treatment organizations. In addition, CRC was cited last month by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of the five fastest growing private companies in the Silicon Valley.
  • The news conference and demonstration were held at eGetgoing’s studio at CRC Health Corporation, 105 North Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA.
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CRC Health Group Names R. Andrew Eckert New CEO

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CUPERTINO, Calif. – December 16, 2010 – CRC Health Corporation, a leading provider of substance abuse treatment and adolescent youth services, today announced that R. Andrew Eckert has been appointed the company’s new Chief Executive Officer effective January 3, 2011. CRC previously announced that Barry Karlin, the current CEO and a co-founder of the company, had decided to step down and would continue to serve on the Board of Directors after the selection of his replacement.

Eckert is a highly accomplished executive who has led companies across a variety of industries. His recent experience includes four successful years as CEO of Eclipsys Corporation, a $520 million leader in healthcare information technology, where he helped grow the business by focusing on employee engagement, customer satisfaction and operational excellence. During his tenure, the company grew significantly, improved end-user satisfaction, and acquired several new businesses.

“I am excited to be joining CRC, an outstanding company that has great potential to expand its position as the market leader in behavioral health care services,” said Eckert. “One of the things that drew me to CRC is the powerful impact the staff and programs have on people’s lives. I believe this impact can be further amplified as we grow and improve the business, put plans and processes in place to achieve our objectives, and focus on operational excellence. I look forward to working with the best-in-class leadership team to help take the company to the next level.”

Prior to Eclipsys, Eckert was CEO of SumTotal Systems, an innovative e-learning software and services firm that was formed by the merger of two public companies, one of which he had led. Eckert’s senior executive experience began at ADAC Laboratories, a $360 million global medical technology and imaging company where he spent 11 years in positions of increasing responsibility, rising from operations director to division president and ultimately CEO for his last 4 years there.

“We are very pleased to welcome Andy Eckert to CRC,” said John Connaughton, a member of the Board of Directors and a Managing Director at Bain Capital, the company’s private equity sponsor. “Andy is a customer-focused and results-oriented leader, and we are fortunate to have a strong leadership team in place to work with him to build the business and continuously enhance CRC’s ability to serve clients.”

About CRC Health Group
CRC Health Group offers the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral care services in the nation. As a world-class specialty health organization, CRC has provided healing and hope in the lives of their patients and students. By offering the largest array of personalized treatment services, individuals, families and professionals can choose the most appropriate treatment setting for their behavioral, addiction, and therapeutic educational needs. Every day, more than 30,000 people receive treatment from CRC programs making it the most trusted specialized behavioral health organization in the nation. CRC Health Group’s motivation for growth stems from a deep commitment to make their services widely and easily available to those in need, while maintaining passion for delivering advanced behavioral, addiction, and therapeutic educational services. For over two decades, CRC programs have helped individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives. For more information, visit www.crchealth.com or call (877) 272-8668.

Contact:
Kristen Hayes
CRC Health Group Communications Director
(562) 229-2204
khayes@crchealth.com

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