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Welcome to Five Minutes With, where we take a few moments to get to know the staff at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. Today we’d like to introduce Marcus Daugherty, Assistant Director of Healthcare Reform Consultation, MA, LMHC.
What work do you do at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse?
As a member of the Managed Care Technical Assistance Center of New York team here at the Center, I help provide training and other resources to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). In other words, I work with the state government and healthcare providers to help ensure that New Yorkers get better, more affordable and more efficient treatment for alcohol and substance use.
What inspired you to start doing this work?
Traditionally, treatment for substance use was based on Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. However, this doesn’t work for everyone. One thing that inspires me, particularly as health care continues to change, is the partnering of substance use treatment with primary care, i.e., when your general practitioner works with a psychologist or another mental healthcare provider to help get you addiction treatment, should you need it.
What has been the most exciting thing you’ve worked on during your time here?
I am excited by the opportunity to meet with and help OASAS providers throughout the state to improve residential treatment programs, and increase access to medications like buprenorphine that help treat opioid addiction. Changing addiction services for the better will improve many people’s lives. It’s particularly exciting for me when science and treatment services work together to get people the best care possible.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
I would be a cultural anthropologist because I love history and culture. I have always been interested in cultural changes in societies over time, particularly when it comes to religion and philosophy. How have historical views shaped and informed modern society? This question fascinates me.
What is your favorite sports team?
I am a die-hard Yankees fan, through thick and thin.