- CounselingCounseling Services (TAB) SARMS Counseling and Addiction Services offers a range of counseling services both related to an independent of specific addiction treatment needs. Staffed with qualified counselors, and guided by a code of Ethical Conduct, SARMS employs relevant therapeutic modalities eclectically matched to the needs of the client. Areas of support offered include: Addiction Anger Management Critical incident Debriefing Depression / Anxiety Grief and Bereavement Pain and Trauma Relationships Sexual Abuse Therapeutic Assessment & Referral Comprehensive assessment and evaluation includes a review of personal and family histories resulting in a determination of practical treatment goals. The process may be initiated by an individual or by their family, employers, union, health group, lawyer, or government agency. Clients may be referred to professionals for specialized counseling or treatment where appropriate. To determine if The SARMS is right for you, please contact our office to schedule a personal consultation and intake assessment.
- MonitoringSARMS provides Client Monitoring Services to individuals who are required to successfully complete a treatment program, in efforts to return to a safety sensitive function, or as a condition of continued employment. The success of a non-residential program is founded on the principle that clients are able to draw upon the support of family, friends and the community, while applying their newly developed skills in daily living, while continuing to live at home and attend school often continuing to work. SARMS is the program for alcohol, drug and process dependencies that will help you become abstinence from addition. Client Monitoring is defined as: Regular check – in appointments with a Monitoring Staff to ensure compliance with the monitoring program. Frequency of appointment is determined by the length of the monitoring agreement and is customized to the needs of the Designate as well as the client. This is often outlined as a result of an independent Medical Exam completed by an Addictions Doctor. Regular and random Drug and Alcohol Screening which adheres to Chain of Custody procedures. Screens are requisitioned outside of appointment times and must be attended as requested. Regular Mutual Self Help Attendance as outlined in the monitoring agreement.…
- About UsSober Assist: offers drug testing, monitoring programs, and medical-legal review of cases involving alleged drug abuse. The Role of the Medical Review Officer (MRO) A Medical Review Officer (MRO) is a person who is a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) who utilizes special skills and knowledge to the interpret drug testing results generated by a laboratory or urine drug testing program. The MRO is an independent “gatekeeper” who evaluates the accuracy and ensures the integrity of the testing process. The MRO’s role is an important safeguard in the testing process. The MRO practice is a business specialty area that requires technical knowledge, professional judgment, interpersonal skills, and an understanding of both legal and economic issues. The MRO reviews the entire testing process, determines that lab results are valid, and ensures the final interpretation is accurate. Through the entire process, client confidentiality and employer liability issues are protected. The MRO assures: • respect for personal confidentiality and dignity of the donor • maintenance of the confidentiality of medical information, except when public safety is jeopardized • maintenance of high scientific and medical standards Testing Locations: SoberAssist utilizes approved vendors and collection sites nationwide to accommodate participant requirements. SA utilizes only certified…
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What is Sober Assist Recovery Management System (S.A.R.M.S)?
S.A.R.M.S is a confidential, voluntary, non-disciplinary, recovery monitoring program available to anyone with a drug or alcohol problem. The program is intended to encourage structure and accountability for individuals in their recovery process by coordinating random urine drug testing, monitored 12-step participation, counselling, and addiction services.
The level of program participation is based on initial recommendations of an addiction specialist, treatment facility, or discharge plan. A certified/licensed professional (monitor) will work personally with each client to privately coordinate recovery management between all parties as required. This often includes treatment providers, family members, sponsors, agencies, and employers.
Who can participate?
Participation is voluntary and intended to help anyone seeking to enhance and document a personal recovery program.
What does this program provide for the participant and family?
- Disclosure of the recovery progress through one monitor who serves as the mediator of information, urine drug screenings, reporting and follow-up for a client.
- Compliance with treatment recommendations.
- Structure and Accountability, which are necessary components of monitoring and a critical part of recovery.
- Self-reporting enhances recovery by keeping a participant responsible.
How do we set up a contract?
A S.A.R.M.S professional will work directly with the client and his treatment team to set up an individualized recovery program.
What are the Key Components of a S.A.R.M.S Contract?
- Participant and recovery team contact information
- Recommendations from a treatment provider or treatment facility
- Participation of family and/or appointed outside agency
- Coordinated sharing of confidential information between all individuals and entities that make up the recovery team while complying with patient privacy requirements.
What are some recommended requirements?
- Sober Assist Recovery Management Services (S.A.R.M.S) Contract
- Assessment by an Addiction Specialist
- Urine drug screenings
- Meetings with a therapist, substance abuse counsellor, or psychiatrist
- Active participation in a 12 Step recovery program
- Attendance in an Outpatient Treatment Program or Aftercare Program
How do we monitor these requirements?
- Urine drug screening: Participants are required to call in on weekdays to an automated system to find out if they are selected to do a urine drug screening. If they are chosen, they have on hand a list of approved testing sites. They are required to take along a pre-paid testing form called a Chain of Custody (COC) form.
- Costs for the test are paid through the COC form
- If a participant’s urine drug screen comes back diluted or positive, it will be reviewed by a Medical Review Officer that will determine if the test clears or fails (additional cost)
- Attendance at 12 Step meetings: Participants are supplied with AA/NA/CA/MA slips that they take to their 12 Step meetings. Participants are required to have the slips signed by the meeting secretary, and then mail the slips in a provided, pre-addressed envelope to REP weekly.
- Meetings with a therapist/counselor/psychiatrist: If meeting with any of these professionals is a recommendation made by the treatment centre or family, then REP will request updates from these individuals on either a monthly or quarterly basis, depending on the case.
How does follow-up occur?
If a participant is non-compliant with any of these requirements, the appropriate source will be notified, i.e. family member, employer, etc.