CategorySpeaker Reflections

Philly’s drug treatment court focuses on positive reinforcement

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Matthew Schmonsees said he hopes one day that he can put himself out of business. Schmonsees, the coordinator for Philadelphia’s Drug Treatment Court, came to our class to discuss how the court is helping some people stay in recovery after being arrested. The treatment court program in the city started in 1997 and the program’s DUI Treatment Court started in August 2007. Generally...

“We give people multiple chances; recovery is not something that is going to happen overnight”

By Danielle Nick Matthew Schmonsees has served as the Philadelphia Treatment Court and DUI Treatment Court Coordinator since 2009. Prior to holding this position, Schmonsees was involved in behavioral healthcare. After a brief synopsis of his career background, Schmonsees opened up the discussion to our class. He was curious to know what we knew about problem solving courts/ drug treatment courts...

Recovery housing in Philly: a ‘theme’ of helping one another

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Fred Way, the executive director of the Philadelphia Association of Recovery Residences said he’s been pretty successful his whole career. But he was unsure if he could continue that trend when he decided to create PARR. After working in the Department of Behavioral Health’s intellectual disabilities office for more than twenty years, he decided to take his career in a new direction...

Keli McLoyd: “They work, period. They save lives, period.”

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Keli McLoyd works for the Treatment Research Institute and she’s not afraid to educate people on addiction. Although they are many methods to the road to the recovery, McLoyd acknowledges and approves of medication-assisted treatment. Medication-assisted treatment is when a person who is struggling with addiction take either Buprenorphine, Methadone, or Naltrexone to help with their...

Keli McLoyd, Associate at the Center for Policy Research and Analysis at the Treatment Research Institute

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When it comes to the science behind medication-assisted treatment and recovery for substance abuse patients, “the facts are the facts,” said Keli McLoyd, an associate at the Center for Policy Research and Analysis at the Treatment Research Institute. “They work — period,” McLoyd said of the three Federal Drug Administration-approved medications used for treating...

Discussing medication-assisted treatment with Keli McLoyd

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The conversation our class had with Keli McLoyd from the Research Treatment Institute on Tuesday provided a lot of helpful information and resources to use moving forward with the project. The thing I liked the most about the talk was discussing the differences between buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone. I think media coverage of these medications hasn’t delved into the...

“These medications work, they’re cost effective, and they’re saving lives”

By Danielle Nick As an Associate at the Treatment Research Institute (TRI) and a person in long term recovery, Keli McLoyd views addiction through two different, yet equally valuable lenses. However, McLoyd said she tries to separate her personal history with addiction from her decisions as a policy maker. Essentially, McLoyd’s job entails gathering research about addiction and deciding why and...

Super-Utilizers in the Health Care System

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Keli McLoyd, an associate at the Treatment Research Institute (TRI), uses research and science to help build and improve public policies, programs, and practices. As an associate with the Center for Policy Research and Analysis, she has made connections between research and its impact on society. Her roles include finding the best medication-assisted treatment for patients in recovery, helping...

Keli McLoyd: In Defense of Medication-Assisted Treatment

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The Treatment Research Institute of Philadelphia focuses on independent, nonprofit research and development committed to science-driven reform of policy and treatment in substance use disorders. Keli McLoyd works for TRI to work specifically with the research surrounding policies dealing with medication-assisted treatment. Currently, the FDA approves three drugs for medication-assisted treatment:...

Treating addictions with medications: ‘They work. Period.’

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Keli McLoyd, a researcher at the Treatment Research Institute, said she likes to keep her personal recovery separate from her policy work. Much of McLoyd’s work has to do with medication-assisted recovery, so she spent most of her time with the class talking about the pros and cons of the different medications used to treat addictions: methadone, suboxone and naltrexone. Each of the...

Prescriptions for Recovery

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Keli McLoyd’s class visit focused on the pharmaceutically assisted treatment for recovery – a touchy topic for those in the recovery world. Sharing data sources about mental health, and her own team’s work in pharmaceutical research, Keli provided us with clear information about this approach to recovery. It’s a strange catch 22: these medications are used to kick addictions, but often end...

Akia Feggans and Karen Shible from Philadelphia FIGHT

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Philadelphia FIGHT is a service organization designed to provide primary care, advocacy, education and research on potential treatments for people living with HIV or AIDS. As a part of Philadelphia FIGHT, the Diana Baldwin Clinic and the Teach Recovery Education Empowerment (TREE) intensive outpatient program specializes in treating HIV/AIDS positive patients who also have a substance use...

A ‘fight’ against HIV and addiction

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Last Thursday, Akia Feggans from Philadelphia Fight, an organization offering comprehensive services for people who are high-risk or have HIV, AIDS and addiction. The intersection of these two diseases isn’t something I had considered before, and 0ne of the most interesting things Feggans said during her visit was that HIV is commonly a symptom of drug use. People who make high-risk...

“They work, period. They save people’s lives, period,” Keli McLoyd on medication-assisted recovery

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Keli McLoyd, Associate for Policy Research and Analysis at the Philadelphia-based Treatment Research Institute, holds a fixed view on medication-assisted recovery. “They work, period,” she said firmly. “They save people’s lives, period.” McLoyd drew comparisons of recovery from addiction to Hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes. “You wouldn’t ask a Diabetic...

Helping the Underprivileged

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Last Thursday Philadelphia FIGHT representatives, Akia Feggans Director of Behavioral Health at the Diana Baldwin Clinic and her co-worker Karen Shible a therapist at the Teach Recovery Education Empowerment (TREE) intensive outpatient program, came to visit our class to discuss their personal experiences treating individuals with substance disorders. The two described FIGHT as a community center...