A Letter from the Executive Officer:
Every year has its challenges and rewards and 2016 has been no different except one milestone in my professional life, which is to celebrate 30 years as the Chief Executive Officer of this vital organization. Local people solve local problems and addiction is a family disease was demonstrated in the beginning of Gateway. Teams are more effective was proven true. The community of Shawnee helped create our agency and has been supportive ever since.
Gateway began providing services with no computer or printer but we did have a telephone! Every clinical note was handwritten and inserted into a file folder. Today, we do not have paper files; instead, we have an Electronic Health Record stored on a secure, encrypted server accessed through the internet.
So many changes but what has not changed is the commitment to serve our communities and patients with quality services through professional people that care about each patient. I see people in our community who started recovery 30 years ago and who are still helping others. I see people today in the early stages of recovery who have hope and I predict 30 years from now, they, too will be helping others.
Life is good! Recovery is awesome!
FY16 Performance Improvement Activities
Gateway received positive feedback for its Prevention, TSET and Clinical services in Fiscal Year 2016. Gateway maintained its Chapter 24 certification from the OK Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) as a Comprehensive Community Addiction Recovery Center (CCARC) in Pottawatomie, Lincoln and Payne counties. Prevention and TSET grants were reviewed by their overseeing entities and the results were favorable from both program and financial aspects.
In FY16, Gateway’s annual financial audit was again performed by Finley & Cook, CPAs. It was unremarkable and free of findings or material misstatements, as in previous years.
Gateway’s funding sources are varied, even within the larger pay sources. ODMHSAS allocates nine contracts for clinical services and two grants for prevention purposes. The contracts divide money from DHS, DOC and Drug Courts, as well as dollars for the underprivileged and adolescent populations. OK Health Care Authority disperses federal Medicaid dollars. The RPC and SPF PFS grants, as well as the three OK Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust grants, span six Oklahoma counties. The monies are allocated based on population and need. The Avedis Foundation continued its support of Gateway in its Child Welfare Collaborative efforts in Southern Pottawatomie County. With this diverse sampling of funds, Gateway professionals were able to serve people across seven counties and make their presence known across the state.
Patients receiving clinical services may be assisted based on income if they do not qualify for help under contract parameters. No patient is refused services at Gateway. In FY16, Gateway provided over $75,000 in donated services, due to contract shortages because of the State budget crisis. Gateway believes in the mission of serving those in need.
Gateway’s School Assistance Programs (SAP) and Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) continue to generate income. The United Way of Pottawatomie County supports the Shawnee Youth Coalition and prevention activities. In-kind contributions from volunteers and monetary donations are vital in supplementing day-to-day operations.
Gateway staffs are the key to quality services. All staff who deliver clinical services are licensed therapists or in the process of being licensed. Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Licensed Alcohol Drug Counselors (LADC), Certified Alcohol Drug Counselors (CADC), Peer Recovery Support Specialists (PRSS), Behavioral Health Case Managers I and II (BHCM) provide well-rounded services to patients. In addition, Certified Addiction Specialist, Dr. Paul Johnson provides withdrawal management and medially assisted treatment services. Prevention staff are either Certified Prevention Specialists (CPS) or in the process of being certified. All Gateway professionals obtain continuing education hours throughout the year to maintain their licensure and keep up with best practices in their fields of prevention and recovery.
Gateway’s international accrediting agency is CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and it maintains this by applying for reevaluation every three years.
During FY16, contracts were awarded 3 months at a time, due to the combination of pending bid awards and State shortfalls. At the end of FY16, ODMHSAS halted the competitive bid process that was required for continued funding at the end of FY15. The Department decided against this practice for the near future. Looking forward into FY17, Gateway has been awarded 6-month contracts, which will be renewed at the 6-month mark. The TSET, RPC and SPF PFS budgets were fully funded.
Chief Executive Officer
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