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The Change Companies® in the News

The Change Companies®’ Cognitive-behavioral Therapy-based Interactive Journaling ® curricula support the dialogue between victims and offenders

This article spotlights the Delaware Department of Correction’s commitment to assisting victims/survivors of crime and how the successful implementation of The Impact of Crime on Victims and The Courage to Change curricula have positively impacted the associated rehabilitation facilities. Read more...

Criminal Justice

Interactive Journaling ®: A Structured & Client- Directed Therapeutic Writing Tool

Dr. Steven Proctor was recently interviewed by the Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions (IRETA) about Interactive Journaling®. Read more...

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Interactive Journaling® Strengthens Therapeutic Alliance

In the Fall 2014 issue of Paradigm magazine, David Mee-Lee, MD, stresses the importance of a strong therapeutic alliance when using evidence-based practices in client-centered treatment, and hails Interactive Journaling® as the most effective means of strengthening this crucial alliance. Read more...

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Interactive Journaling® as a Clinical Tool, by Dr. William R. Miller

In a peer-reviewed article for the American Mental Health Counselors Association's Journal of Mental Health Counseling, Dr. William R. Miller describes and reviews research on Interactive Journaling® as a clinical tool, including evaluations which support a link between Interactive Journaling® and positive behavior change. Read more...

Read the Abstract

Dr. Mee-Lee to present on ASAM Criteria for drug courts at NADCP conference

Carson City, Nevada - April 16, 2014 - David Mee-Lee, MD, Chief Editor of The ASAM Criteria and Senior Vice President of The Change Companies ®, will be presenting on the new edition of The ASAM Criteria and its implications for drug courts and treatment providers at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) 20th annual training conference. Read more...

Learn more about The ASAM Criteria

What's New in DSM-5 and The New ASAM Criteria? Implications in an Era of Healthcare Reform

Dr. David Mee-Lee discusses recent data on healthcare and addiction treatment in the US and poses this question: If there are millions more people who in 2014 can now be covered by health insurance with access to addiction treatment, how will addiction treatment agencies increase access to care when we already have waiting lists and can't even meet treatment-on-demand now, for the 2.5 million people who did eventually receive specialty addiction treatment? Dr. Mee-Lee explains how the new editions of The ASAM Criteria and DSM-5 can help address these concerns. Read more...

Learn more about The ASAM Criteria

Dr. Mee-Lee invited to join American University's Justice Programs Office as Senior Fellow

Carson City, Nevada - Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2014 - David Mee-Lee, MD, Senior Vice President of The Change Companies ®, has been invited by Caroline Cooper, JD, Director of the Justice Programs Office (JPO) of the School of Public Affairs at American University, to join the Senior Fellows program. His participation will add a medical perspective, including principles in The ASAM Criteria and how a national set of standards for providing client-centered, outcome-informed care in the treatment of addiction can benefit the justice system as a whole. Read more...

Read the Press Release

The Change Companies® Formalizes New Partnerships with Three California Probation Departments for Implementation of EBP Programs

Carson City, Nevada - Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 - Solano County, San Mateo County and Lassen County have confirmed agreements with The Change Companies ® for training and implementation of the evidence-based practice (EBP) of Interactive Journaling® in the first quarter of 2014. San Mateo County's two-day training begins Wednesday, Feb. 12, making them the 33rd California county to partner with The Change Companies ® for implementation of Interactive Journaling® programming for probation services. Read more...

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Interactive Journaling® Listed on SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

Carson City, Nevada - September 23, 2013 - The Change Companies ® is proud to have Interactive Journaling® listed on SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). For over 23 years, The Change Companies ® has continued to develop the practice of Interactive Journaling® as a method for delivering evidence-based content into the hands of individuals working to make life changes. In that time the company has served over 20 million individuals. Read more...

Read the Press Release

Evolution or Revolution?

A new edition of the Patient Placement Criteria of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is coming soon. In October, the new edition will be unveiled at ASAM's State of the Art in Addiction Medicine conference in Arlington, Va. As the most comprehensive set of guidelines for assessment, service planning, placement, continued stay and transfer/discharge of individuals with addiction and co-occurring conditions, ASAM's criteria are required in more than 30 states and in U.S. Department of Defense addiction programs around the world. Many payers also manage care using the criteria, which are the most intensively researched set of addiction placement criteria in the U.S. and Europe. Read more...

The ASAM Criteria

ASAM Criteria: New edition about much more than placement

Twelve years in the making, the third edition of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) guidelines for determining what kind of treatment patients need will be out in October, and there are several changes. The title is new: no longer will they be called the "ASAM Patient Placement Criteria," but just the "ASAM Criteria." Read more...

The ASAM Criteria

ASAM takes broader perspective, more user-friendly approach with new clinical criteria

In everything from format to terminology, the new and long-awaited clinical criteria to be issued this fall from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) will represent a significant change from the standards that were last updated in 2001. Yet the new ASAM Criteria also are meant to assist addiction professionals in fulfilling what their architect, David Mee-Lee, MD, has seen as their purpose from the start: not simply justifying insurance coverage decisions, but guiding truly patient-focused treatment. Read more...

The ASAM Criteria

Revised ASAM Criteria to Roll Out with Book and Software

The revised ASAM criteria will soon make its debut through a new publication, The ASAM Criteria: Treatment Criteria for Substance-Related Addictive and Co-occurring Conditions, and The ASAM Criteria Software. David Mee-Lee, MD, chief editor of The ASAM Criteria, discussed key ways the new criteria will be particularly useful to addiction medicine specialists and how the book and software will facilitate application of criteria to addiction medicine daily practice. He and other ASAM criteria experts also addressed the user-friendly features of these two soon-to-be-released resources during Thursday's Component Session 1, "Update on The ASAM Criteria: The Revision and Software." Read more...

The ASAM Criteria

'Binder-Man' Makes HCI Debut'

Health Communications, Inc (HCI), the original publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul franchise, has long been a producer of inspirational and self-help books. Their latest publication, The Adventures of Binder-Man, follows in Chicken Soup's wake as a collection of true stories illustrating how "small choices made each day can create joy, meaning, and lasting change." Read more...

The Adventures of Binder-Man

ASAM Criteria Assessment Tools, Trainings, and Textual Supplements

ASAM and The Change Companies ® (TCC) are developing implementation and assessment tools as well as training programs for state, county, managed care and individual clinicians to advance the use and understanding of ASAM's Patient Placement Criteria. Founded in 1989, TCC is an international publishing, consulting, training and multimedia company that works with experts in the field of behavior change to develop effective and evidence-based prevention, treatment and recovery resources. Read more...

ASAM Criteria

A more caring manner toward probationers

This Addiction Professional article spotlights probation officers' successful implementation of The Courage To Change curricula with a California probation population. Read more...

Courage to Change

ASAM Debuts Patient Placement Criteria Products

"ASAM's recent success in advancing the use and understanding of its Patient Placement Criteria through a new strategic partnership benefits addiction professionals and clinicians alike. In fact, when ASAM and The Change Companies ® partnered last fall, ASAM made huge strides in expanding access to and improving the quality of addiction treatment by introducing a host of new assessment tools and treatment guides." Read more...

ASAM Products

Must-Reading From The Change Companies®' Founder

November 23, 2011
Gary Enos, Editor of Addiction Professional, interviews Don Kuhl, founder and former CEO of The Change Companies ®. Since his retirement from CEO, Kuhl has launched Mindful Midweek, a weekly, thought-provoking blog aimed at those who work in the fields of addiction treatment and justice services. The blog is sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, always intensely personal and with a message. Read more...

Mindful Midweek

Interactive Journaling® Strengthens Therapeutic Alliance

In the Fall 2014 issue of Paradigm magazine, David Mee-Lee, MD, stresses the importance of a strong therapeutic alliance when using evidence-based practices in client-centered treatment, and hails Interactive Journaling® as the most effective means of strengthening this crucial alliance. Read more...

Read More

Interactive Journaling® as a Clinical Tool, by Dr. William R. Miller

In a peer-reviewed article for the American Mental Health Counselors Association's Journal of Mental Health Counseling, Dr. William R. Miller describes and reviews research on Interactive Journaling® as a clinical tool, including evaluations which support a link between Interactive Journaling® and positive behavior change. Read more...

Read the Abstract

Dr. Mee-Lee to present on ASAM Criteria for drug courts at NADCP conference

Carson City, Nevada - April 16, 2014 - David Mee-Lee, MD, Chief Editor of The ASAM Criteria and Senior Vice President of The Change Companies ®, will be presenting on the new edition of The ASAM Criteria and its implications for drug courts and treatment providers at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) 20th annual training conference. Read more...

Learn more about The ASAM Criteria

What's New in DSM-5 and The New ASAM Criteria? Implications in an Era of Healthcare Reform

Dr. David Mee-Lee discusses recent data on healthcare and addiction treatment in the US and poses this question: If there are millions more people who in 2014 can now be covered by health insurance with access to addiction treatment, how will addiction treatment agencies increase access to care when we already have waiting lists and can't even meet treatment-on-demand now, for the 2.5 million people who did eventually receive specialty addiction treatment? Dr. Mee-Lee explains how the new editions of The ASAM Criteria and DSM-5 can help address these concerns. Read more...

Learn more about The ASAM Criteria

Dr. Mee-Lee invited to join American University's Justice Programs Office as Senior Fellow

Carson City, Nevada - Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2014 - David Mee-Lee, MD, Senior Vice President of The Change Companies ®, has been invited by Caroline Cooper, JD, Director of the Justice Programs Office (JPO) of the School of Public Affairs at American University, to join the Senior Fellows program. His participation will add a medical perspective, including principles in The ASAM Criteria and how a national set of standards for providing client-centered, outcome-informed care in the treatment of addiction can benefit the justice system as a whole. Read more...

Read the Press Release

The Change Companies® Formalizes New Partnerships with Three California Probation Departments for Implementation of EBP Programs

Carson City, Nevada - Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 - Solano County, San Mateo County and Lassen County have confirmed agreements with The Change Companies ® for training and implementation of the evidence-based practice (EBP) of Interactive Journaling® in the first quarter of 2014. San Mateo County's two-day training begins Wednesday, Feb. 12, making them the 33rd California county to partner with The Change Companies ® for implementation of Interactive Journaling® programming for probation services. Read more...

Read the Press Release

Interactive Journaling® Listed on SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

Carson City, Nevada - September 23, 2013 - The Change Companies ® is proud to have Interactive Journaling® listed on SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). For over 23 years, The Change Companies ® has continued to develop the practice of Interactive Journaling® as a method for delivering evidence-based content into the hands of individuals working to make life changes. In that time the company has served over 20 million individuals. Read more...

Read the Press Release

Evolution or Revolution?

A new edition of the Patient Placement Criteria of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is coming soon. In October, the new edition will be unveiled at ASAM's State of the Art in Addiction Medicine conference in Arlington, Va. As the most comprehensive set of guidelines for assessment, service planning, placement, continued stay and transfer/discharge of individuals with addiction and co-occurring conditions, ASAM's criteria are required in more than 30 states and in U.S. Department of Defense addiction programs around the world. Many payers also manage care using the criteria, which are the most intensively researched set of addiction placement criteria in the U.S. and Europe. Read more...

The ASAM Criteria

ASAM Criteria: New edition about much more than placement

Twelve years in the making, the third edition of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) guidelines for determining what kind of treatment patients need will be out in October, and there are several changes. The title is new: no longer will they be called the "ASAM Patient Placement Criteria," but just the "ASAM Criteria." Read more...

The ASAM Criteria

ASAM takes broader perspective, more user-friendly approach with new clinical criteria

In everything from format to terminology, the new and long-awaited clinical criteria to be issued this fall from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) will represent a significant change from the standards that were last updated in 2001. Yet the new ASAM Criteria also are meant to assist addiction professionals in fulfilling what their architect, David Mee-Lee, MD, has seen as their purpose from the start: not simply justifying insurance coverage decisions, but guiding truly patient-focused treatment. Read more...

The ASAM Criteria

Revised ASAM Criteria to Roll Out with Book and Software

The revised ASAM criteria will soon make its debut through a new publication, The ASAM Criteria: Treatment Criteria for Substance-Related Addictive and Co-occurring Conditions, and The ASAM Criteria Software. David Mee-Lee, MD, chief editor of The ASAM Criteria, discussed key ways the new criteria will be particularly useful to addiction medicine specialists and how the book and software will facilitate application of criteria to addiction medicine daily practice. He and other ASAM criteria experts also addressed the user-friendly features of these two soon-to-be-released resources during Thursday's Component Session 1, "Update on The ASAM Criteria: The Revision and Software." Read more...

The ASAM Criteria

'Binder-Man' Makes HCI Debut'

Health Communications, Inc (HCI), the original publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul franchise, has long been a producer of inspirational and self-help books. Their latest publication, The Adventures of Binder-Man, follows in Chicken Soup's wake as a collection of true stories illustrating how "small choices made each day can create joy, meaning, and lasting change." Read more...

The Adventures of Binder-Man

ASAM Criteria Assessment Tools, Trainings, and Textual Supplements

ASAM and The Change Companies ® (TCC) are developing implementation and assessment tools as well as training programs for state, county, managed care and individual clinicians to advance the use and understanding of ASAM's Patient Placement Criteria. Founded in 1989, TCC is an international publishing, consulting, training and multimedia company that works with experts in the field of behavior change to develop effective and evidence-based prevention, treatment and recovery resources. Read more...

ASAM Criteria

A more caring manner toward probationers

This Addiction Professional article spotlights probation officers' successful implementation of The Courage To Change curricula with a California probation population. Read more...

Courage to Change

ASAM Debuts Patient Placement Criteria Products

"ASAM's recent success in advancing the use and understanding of its Patient Placement Criteria through a new strategic partnership benefits addiction professionals and clinicians alike. In fact, when ASAM and The Change Companies ® partnered last fall, ASAM made huge strides in expanding access to and improving the quality of addiction treatment by introducing a host of new assessment tools and treatment guides." Read more...

ASAM Products

Must-Reading From The Change Companies®' Founder

November 23, 2011
Gary Enos, Editor of Addiction Professional, interviews Don Kuhl, founder and former CEO of The Change Companies ®. Since his retirement from CEO, Kuhl has launched Mindful Midweek, a weekly, thought-provoking blog aimed at those who work in the fields of addiction treatment and justice services. The blog is sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, always intensely personal and with a message. Read more...

Mindful Midweek