From the Desk of Executive Director, Jeffrey Quamme
CCB National Exposure
August 6, 2014
Wallingford, CT – Over the past two months, the CCB has gained some significant national exposure on behalf of the Connecticut workforce. As mentioned in a previous post, Executive Director Jeffrey Quamme was invited to Washington, DC, to discuss the need for increased training for professionals working with patients who choose medication assisted treatment (MAT) as part of their overall recovery process. Senior leadership at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the National Council for Behavioral Health were independently briefed on the MATS training products and credential, training gaps and needs for clinicians, and strategies to expand training opportunities.
The staff of Sen. Edward Markey’s (D-MA) office also contacted Jeff to assist in a review of the language of a bill designed to increase access to buprenorphine for those individuals who would benefit from its use. The CCB’s focus was to ensure that the language of the bill demonstrated the need for counseling and psychosocial supports, and not simply a medication only treatment. The medical staff in Sen. Markey’s office echoed that sentiment, and the CCB, in conjunction with several other professional organizations, is proud to offer our endorsement of the bill as written. More information on the bill, known as the treat back, is available here.
Thirdly, a meeting was held that the office of United States Sen. Richard Blumenthal to discuss the scope of work of the CCB hearing our state. The opportunity to work with the senior senator from Connecticut on issues that affect our workforce and the quality of care we provide both here and nationally speaks highly of not only the CCB but also of the professionalism and ability of our workforce here in the state. We are reminded that are proven our workforce also improves the care provided to those we serve. The CCB is proud to represent our workforce to our state and national leaders.