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March 21st 2016:Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment: Effective Ingredients for Quality Care

While the number of outpatient treatment programs for substance use disorders appear to be growing nationally, the quality of these programs are uneven and unknown to most consumers. Many states and managed care companies do not properly monitor the quality of care provided to consumers. How does a consumer know what to look for when shopping for a treatment program? Today’s guest will highlight the components to look for when searching for an effective outpatient treatment program. The components that will be discussed include facility standards, staffing, services offered, and management.

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Nicholas Lessa, MA, LCSW, CASAC

Nicholas Lessa has been managing high quality, outpatient treatment centers for substance use disorders in New York since 1991. Mr. Lessa is currently the Chief Executive Officer and partner of Inter-Care, Ltd., with outpatient treatment programs in mid-town Manhattan and Westchester. He is a licensed clinical social worker, a master’s level psychologist, and a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor. He is the lead author of two books: Wiley Concise Guides to Mental Health: Substance Use Disorders and Living with Alcoholism and Drug Addiction. Mr. Lessa is an Associate Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and Adelphi University’s School o
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