Communication with the members of an MPHP participant's treatment team is imperative. The MPHP ‘Release of Information Form’ gives the MPHP permission to talk with treatment providers and ensures that treatment providers and case managers have information necessary to document the recovery process. Releases are required for all monitors (ie. employers, clinical providers, attorneys, etc.).
What are we looking for from Monitors? Experience and research shows there are warning signs that place a person at risk of relapse. These warning signs include missed meetings or appointments behavior issues at work, in one’s personal life or in therapy. The information monitors are asked to report includes the following:
- Treatment Providers The MPHP relies on the compassionate and insightful services provided by the many therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, primary care physicians, treatment programs, workplace monitors and others who evaluate and treat program participants. Communication between treatment providers and the MPHP case manager is imperative. In addition to providing the required reports, it is important for participants to consult with case manager about any changes to their recovery program. It is the participant’s responsibility to assure that reports from treatment providers are submitted in a timely way.
- Primary Care Provider Every participant is expected to meet annually with a primary care provider for general health care needs. Participants are asked to refrain from self-treating or treating family members or practice partners except in emergency situations. If a participant is affected by chronic pain, and controlled substances are considered necessary, the participant should be referred to a physician specializing in chronic pain for evaluation and treatment.
- Therapist Participants are likely to be expected to attend sessions with a therapist. The therapist works with the participant to develop strategies for maintaining a strong recovery program. The therapist will be asked to submit regular reports (either monthly or quarterly) that reflect on the participant’s attendance at therapy and progress in treatment. Therapists help participants recognize threats to sobriety and detect early signs of potential relapse. Case managers may periodically speak directly by telephone with therapists.
- Psychiatrist/Addictionologist Every participant with mental health and or dependency issues must have a mental health treatment provider. For the most part this will mean a psychiatrist and/or addictionologist. Those with a substance use disorders should have an addiction medicine physician to provide clinical guidance with respect to their recovery program and safe use of substances that could compromise their recovery when indicated.
- Worksite Monitor Each participant working in their profession provides the name of an individual in the workplace (acceptable to the case manager) and familiarize them with their recovery program, MPHP Monitoring Agreement and the worksite monitor’s reporting requirement. These workplace monitors are expected to be supportive of the participant and their recovery efforts. The monitors will be reporting their observations of the participant’s behavior in the workplace setting on a monthly/quarterly basis depending on the terms of the Monitoring Agreement.
Have questions? feel free to call or email any time. The MPHP Question and Answer forms may also have the information needed.
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