SOURCE: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University

December 06, 2007 11:47 ET

Statement by Joseph A. Califano, Jr. Chairman and President, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University and Former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare on New Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) Codes

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 6, 2007) - The following statement is an opinion of Joseph A. Califano, Jr. Chairman and President of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University:

"I applaud Ensuring Solutions, the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy, Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy, and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for their victory in getting the healthcare insurance industry to introduce four new screening and brief intervention codes in 2008. Giving physicians SBI codes for substance abuse and addiction is a significant step in recognizing that substance abuse is a disease, not a moral failing. Now, we must think about setting our sites on achieving step two -- establishing high professional standards for treatment counselors and accreditation systems to certify treatment facilities."

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