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    News from Polaris

    Since Polaris Health Directions first opened its door in 1997, the companny has been making waves in the field of outcomes management. Here you will find press releases and news on the company and the tireless efforts of its employees to advance understanding of what works when it comes to addressing behavioral health and advancing integrated behavioral and medical care. If you are a member of the press, and would like to speak to someone at Polaris, please e-mail us at

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    Entries in chemical dependency assessment system (6)


    Polaris Awarded Grant to Improve Patient Engagement in Treatment for Chemical Dependency 

    Langhorne, PA (August 6, 2012)- Polaris Health Directions has been at the forefront of developing technology to improve substance abuse treatment outcomes for more than a decade. With new funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the company, in partnership with the New Hope Foundation, is now preparing to refine its chemical dependency outcomes management system, Polaris-CD, to predict and improve engagement rates in treatment--integral to positive outcomes. Experts on Motivational Enhancement Therapy from Yale University are also collaborating.

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    Polaris presents at the National Conference on Health & Domestic Violence

    On March 30, Dr. Linda Toche-Manley, vice president of Polaris Health Directions, presented at the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence on using technology to better detect interpersonal violence (IPV) among chemically dependent adults.

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    Polaris Substance Abuse Assessment System Identifies Spike in Drug Abuse Among Heavy Drinkers

    It is not uncommon for alcohol and drug abuse to go hand-in-hand, but the scope of the problem may have increased recently. A yearly analysis of data collected using Polaris Health Directions’ chemical dependency outcomes assessment system, Polaris-CD, has revealed a significant increase in drug use among patients seeking treatment for alcohol problems in California.

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    Innovation in Assessment Improves Substance Abuse Treatment Outcomes 

    Polaris Health Directions, a leader in the development of science driven outcomes management assessment systems, has partnered with New Hope Foundation, a leading New Jersey-based addictions treatment provider, to enhance its Chemical Dependency assessment system, Polaris-CD. Polaris-CD collects and analyzes the clinical data essential to helping clinicians and treatment centers better match patients to the services they need to get well. It is a fully validated, evidence-based predictor of treatment outcomes.

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    Polaris Awarded NIDA Contract to Create a Substance Abuse Treatment and Referral System 

    Polaris Health Directions was awarded a contract from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop STaRS (Substance Treatment and Referral System), a Web-based system that will help health care providers find appropriate treatment programs for their patients. Clinicians will enter information into the system, such as the patient's address, insurance status and type of treatment requested, and receive in return a list of treatment providers that best match the criteria.

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