To provide basic hepatitis C education and support materials to OTP clinical staff enabling them to better serve their hepatitis C patients. And to provide information and resources for patients.
These are the agencies and organizations working in concert to achieve that goal:
THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)
The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
The department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. Some highlights include:
- Health and social science research
- Preventing disease, including immunization services
- Assuring food and drug safety
- Medicare (health insurance for elderly and disabled Americans) and Medicaid (health insurance for people with low-income)
- Health information technology
- Financial assistance and services for low-income families
- Improving maternal and infant health
- Head Start (pre-school education and services)
- Faith-based and community initiatives
- Preventing child abuse and domestic violence
- Substance abuse treatment and prevention
- Services for older Americans, including home-delivered meals
- Comprehensive health services for Native Americans
- Medical preparedness for emergencies, including potential terrorism.
THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s vision as an agency of the Federal Government is "a life in the community for everyone." This vision is based on the premise that people of all ages, with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders should have the opportunity for a fulfilling life including a job/education, a home and meaningful personal relationships with friends and family. SAMHSA works to achieve this vision through an action-oriented, measurable mission of "building resilience and facilitating recovery."
SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
The mission of CSAT is to bring effective alcohol and drug treatment to every community. CSAT provides national leadership to expand the availability of effective treatment and recovery services for alcohol and drug problems. In addition, CSAT aims to improve access, reduce barriers and promote high-quality effective treatment and recovery services for people with alcohol and drug problems, abuse or addiction. CSAT also provides these services for families and communities who deal with and are exposed to people with these problems.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE TREATMENT OF OPIOID DEPENDENCE (AATOD)
AATOD is a non-profit organization dedicated to the humane and caring treatment of people with opioid dependence.
The American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) was founded in 1984 to enhance the quality of patient care in treatment programs by promoting the growth and development of comprehensive methadone treatment services throughout the United States.
HEPATITIS C ASSOCIATION
HCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to hepatitis C education.
The focus of the Hepatitis C Association is to educate the public, both patients and medical providers, about hepatitis C virus.
We offer information through educational programs and support materials as well as promote awareness of hepatitis C on our web site. In addition, through various programs, we educate people about the risk factors and the necessity of protecting their livers with treatment and/or practicing healthy behaviors through lifestyle changes.
We strive to bring the importance of organ donation to the forefront of the public's mind. We offer emotional support to patients living with the disease by making information available on-line, in our brochures and on a toll-free support line.
We maintain an outreach to uniquely-at-risk groups, such as African Americans and Hispanics. Leaders are trained, who will then help educate their communities about the disease. We strive to minimize the social and personal impact of hepatitis C on the patient and promise to help in every way possible.
This web site was developed under SAMHSA contract number 280-02-0800 with McKing Consulting Corporation, Fairfax, Virginia. Under a subcontract from McKing, the web developer was Cabezon Group, Columbia, Maryland.