How will I be treated at MRS?
You will be treated with dignity at MRS. Our staff members are well-trained professionals. More than that, we are compassionate people who really want to help you.
Will going to MRS be convenient for me?
We try to schedule dosing at times that are convenient for our patients. We open early enough so that are patients can get to work on time and close late enough so patients can sleep a little later on their days off. Our dispensing hours are 5:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturdays. We are closed on Sundays, so patients receive Sunday medication in the form of a take home dose given on Saturday.
Can I go on vacation or travel while in treatment at MRS?
Clients who are meeting their treatment goals earn "take-home privileges." Attendance schedules are reduced so that clients don't have to come to the clinic six days a week.
Clients who have earned take home privileges can meet with our physician before they go on vacation and receive special take-homes for travel. Newly admitted clients or clients who have not earned take-home privileges can have MRS staff arrange for them to receive medication at a clinic near their destination.
Why do I need counseling at MRS?
We don't want to force anyone into unwanted counseling sessions, but clients are required to meet with a Case Manager and develop a treatment plan. This treatment plan simply defines a client's goals while in treatment at MRS. Your Case Manager will also assist you with requests such as helping you schedule a doctor's appointment, apply for take-home doses and any other way in which you feel you need assistance.
We have found that almost all of our clients can establish a good relationship with their Case Manager during counseling sessions. Clients who may be suspicious of a counselor at first and who don't want to be "force-fed" any type of treatment philosophy will find that our staff relate to their clients as unique individuals. There isn't a dogmatic approach to counseling or treatment. Client-oriented, individualized treatment is the practice at MRS.
Will my confidentiality be protected at MRS?
Federal law protects client confidentiality. From the first time you call and ask about our program, all of your information is protected by the Federal Regulations pertaining to confidentiality and privacy.
No staff member at MRS will release any information about any client, past or present, to anyone without the client's written permission. If we do have a release of information for an individual or an agency, which the client can revoke at anytime and no further information will be given to that individual or agency.
Do I have to get tested for AIDS to get on the program at MRS?
If you don't want to receive HIV/AIDS counseling or testing, you aren't required to.
During intake you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about HIV/AIDS and our nurse will ask you if you are interested in HIV/AIDS counseling or testing.
Whether or not a client is tested is an individual choice. If you do want to receive HIV/AIDS testing or counseling we will refer you to one of several places where free, anonymous testing and counseling is available.
How can I find out if I have hepatitis C?
During the intake process our nurse and physician will discuss hepatitis C and other blood-borne diseases with you.
If you want to get tested we will assist you in finding a local testing facility that you can afford.
This is voluntary is not required for admission.
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