First Call to Highlight Achievements of
Web Based Drug Treatment Software
Community Carelink Recently Received National Accreditation

November 24, 2013 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – At Monday’s regular weekly meeting of the Jackson County Legislature, officials with First Call, a local affiliate of the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, will make a presentation to outline the success of their Community CareLink software.

The legislature will meet on Monday, November 25 at 2:30 P.M. The meeting will take place in the legislative chambers on the ground floor of the Jackson County Courthouse Annex in Independence, Missouri (308 West Kansas Avenue).

Community CareLink is an electronic behavioral health record that allows substance abuse and treatment agencies to more easily connect their clients with the services they need to help recover from drug and alcohol dependence. Earlier this month, First Call was able to gain national accreditation for Community CareLink through the Drummond Group, a nationally recognized software testing firm.  The national accreditation allows Community Carelink to now be recognized as a certified electronic health record by the Office of the National Coordinator (www.healthit.gov).

First Call developed the Community CareLink software and licensed it to Jackson County COMBAT (Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax) to help COMBAT facilitate transparency and accountability among the agencies they fund. COMBAT is a one-quarter cent countywide sales tax, focused on drug prevention, treatment, and violence.

Since the launch of Community CareLink, COMBAT funded agencies have used the software to help clients navigate their treatment plans more easily.

Officials with First Call as well as county officials will be available to the media immediately following Monday’s presentation before the Jackson County Legislature.

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