NAMA Recovery of Tennessee | The Tennessee Statewide & Northwestern Georgia Chapter of NAMA-R

6.26.2013

Johnson City CERTIFICATE OF NEED Denied

The Certificate of Need for the proposed opioid treatment program by Tri Cities Holding LLC in Johnson City, Tennessee has been denied by the State of Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency.

An official statement on behalf of NAMA Recovery of Tennessee will be forthcoming and published here first over the next few days.  The State of Tennessee, through their Certificate of Need process, has violated federal law under the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying disabled Americans with chronic health conditions access to the most evidence-based and effective treatment for their illness.  It's a sad day.  The State of Tennessee has put personal biases and politics ahead of science and 40+ years of research while showing they are not serious about confronting the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic plaguing our state and the country.

4 comments:

  1. This is a true injustice and as I heard the news, couldn't believe it. The fact of the matter is that there is without a doubt a NEED for this clinic in Johnson City TN and in so many other town and states. Having access to the most effective treatment modality for any disease should never be 'denied' to anyone. Keep up the great work NAMA Recovery of Tennessee!! And we Advocates in West Virginia via NAMA Recovry of West Virginia will continue to help with this cause in any way that we can!

    Truly Sincere

    Abby Coulter
    Director ~ M.P.A.
    NAMA Recovery of West Virginia

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    1. We share your disbelief, Abby. It's unconscionable that ANY treatment center would be denied considering the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic we are facing... especially in Eastern Tennessee. And this denial the week after ASAM issued a report saying it makes NO SENSE for state's to interfere with and/or block access to addiction medicines in light of thee opioid epidemic!

      Thanks for your support,
      Your brothers & sisters in Tennessee


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  2. I am appalled at how bias and myth can control whether or not suffering people get the medical treatment they desperately need.

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    1. You are spot on @jennifer! The fact that the State of Tennessee violated FEDERAL LAW under the ADA is crazy enough... but even WITHOUT a State violating federal law (and thinking we'll let them get away with it yet again as they have in the past) it defies reason and logic that folks charged with determining the NEED for treatment would let personal biases, stigma & misinformation trump SCIENCE and 40+ years of research, data & medical facts surrounding the treatment of opioid dependence & addiction with methadone! It's an unconscionable moral outrage, and it will NOT stand if there is anything that I (and MANY others in the medical, scientific and treatment community I am in contact with) can do about it.

      Thanks for reading & commenting!
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