New Medical Director

LRADAC announces Rebecca A. Payne, MD as Medical Director for its Recovering Professionals Program (RPP)

Columbia, SC – LRADAC, the designated alcohol and drug abuse authority for Lexington and Richland Counties, announces that Rebecca A. Payne, MD has been hired as the new Medical Director for its Recovering Professionals Program (RPP). In her role as Medical Director, Dr. Payne will provide clinical oversight for RPP’s confidential referral and monitoring program designed for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and podiatrists and other licensed healthcare professionals in South Carolina who are experiencing problems related to alcohol and/or other substance use or misuse, or from co-occurring addiction and mental illness, to include: depression, anxiety, job-related burnout, and professional sexual misconduct.

“With one out of every 10 healthcare professionals experiencing alcohol or substance misuse over the course of their career, I am proud to be part of the team that helps these men and women regain control of their lives and return to safe practice,” said Dr. Payne. “We remind healthcare professionals that addiction is treatable and our program ensures that impaired professionals receive the help they need at the earliest point possible.”

Prior to joining the Recovering Professionals Program, Dr. Payne was a faculty member at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and held clinical, teaching, and research roles. She has experience in leadership positions in the clinical setting and within professional organizations along with co-authoring several peer-reviewed publications.  ​

Dr. Payne received her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia in 2005. She completed psychiatry residency training and an addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina and a forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of South Carolina. She is board certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry. 

For more information about the Recovering Professionals Program, visit www.scrpp.org.

COVID-19: RPP Operations Update

SCRPP is extremely honored to serve and support healthcare professionals licensed by the State of South Carolina. Whether you serve on the frontlines, have been furloughed or experienced job loss, or are dealing with other COVID-19 related stressors, RPP supports all of its participants. RPP is here to support you through this time and in your recovery.

The SCRPP office remains closed at this time. Although our office is closed, staff continue to work remotely and are available by phone and email during normal business hours. If you need to reach us after hours or need immediate assistance at any time, please contact 803-896-5711.

LRADAC leadership is currently working to reduce the risk of exposure to our participants and staff when we resume onsite operations. RPP has implemented a number of safety measures in advance of our return to onsite operations to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. A plexiglass barrier was installed at the executive assistant’s desk. Front door/entry screenings, temperature checks, and the use of a mask will be required for all participants, visitors, and staff. Surfaces will be routinely professionally cleaned/sanitized and wiped down by staff in between professional cleanings. Hand sanitizer will be available and placed throughout the office. Although the physical office will be open, staff will alternate onsite schedules, and RPP staff work and meetings will continue to be conducted remotely when possible.

SCRPP encourages you to continue to communicate closely with your assigned recovery specialist regarding any specific issue(s) or need(s) you may have. We are here to support you.

Due to social distancing guidelines, online meeting attendance will still be accepted.
SCRPP will update you with a targeted return date to the office and any additional changes that may occur or impact the above re-entry plan as decisions are made. Please continue to be safe, take care, and let us know how we can better assist you with your recovery efforts during this time.

Tia Cooper, SCRPP
Program Director

Finding Calm in Tough Times: Weekly Support for the Frontline Workers

Join weekly for a free, virtual Support Group for the Frontline Healthcare Workers every Thursday from 12:30 – 1:30pm EST.

Now more than ever our society is searching for centeredness, grounding and connection. During this unprecedented time, Dr. Richard Amar, Staff Psychiatrist at Talbott Recovery, will be hosting a virtual weekly process and support group for Medical and Healthcare Staff around the U.S. to process the anxiety, trauma, anger, fear and the many other indescribable emotions we’re each experiencing as we work on the frontlines of this pandemic to serve our communities.

This space was created for you to have a set time to take care of your mind and body. Please join us as we navigate this tough time together. Please note, this is a support group and not a form of treatment.

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Thank You Healthcare Heroes

The past few weeks have presented a situation unlike any we have ever experienced. Our towns, state, and nation have issued suggestions and implemented restrictions on social contact, closed schools, and continuously encourage us all to stay home. While we have the privilege to restrict our interactions with others, our healthcare workers continue to report to work to treat and protect us despite the risk of harm that COVID 19 presents to themselves and their loved ones. We are well aware of the risk you take each day and are grateful to you for your skills and abilities, selflessness, and dedication.

Please let us know if there is anything that you need from us through this difficult time.

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected our nation and the State of South Carolina. SCRPP will continue to support you during this difficult time. Although your individualized monitoring requirements (daily check-ins, meeting requirements, and contact with your assigned recovery specialist) will continue to apply, we encourage you to make safe and informed decisions that promote recovery and comply with social distancing as recommended by the CDC. Please keep your assigned recovery specialist informed as you encounter issues with SCRPP related requirements.    

As a precautionary measure, the SCRPP office will be closed until further notice. RPP staff will be working remotely with the same office hours: 8 am-4:30 pm. Our agency’s leadership will continue to monitor the situation daily to determine if a change in that time period is warranted. Contact with your recovery specialist can be made via telephone, email, and through Recovery Trek-Trek mail.  All new intakes that require immediate attention, will be completed remotely via email or scheduled for in-person, upon reopening of the office, when circumstances regarding health and safety allow. All new intake staffing appointments, noncompliance staffing appointments, and successful completion exit interviews during this time will be completed remotely, via telephone and secure email. As mentioned in earlier correspondence, monitoring requirements are still required but will be accommodated. Please continue to check in daily and if selected to test, contact your recovery specialist. Three weekly meetings are still required, however, online meetings will be accepted if in-person meetings are not feasible at this time.  All telephone contact that is made by SCRPP will be displayed as a private number.  If you require immediate attention or need assistance after our office hours, please call the emergency line at, (803) 896-5711 (local) or (877) 349-2094 (toll-free). Thank you for your understanding during this national pandemic. Be safe, stay healthy, and we are here to assist you with your recovery needs.

If SCRPP refers you to a facility and/or you are currently engaged in services with a facility, please keep your assigned recovery specialist informed about meeting changes, cancellations, etc.  Your recovery specialist may be reached during normal business hours.  Participants may also call 803-896-5711 at any time.

Online Meeting Resources   SCRPP expects participants to continue to attend meetings. We are aware that there have been a number of changes/cancellations related to in-person meetings, and SCRPP supports attendance at online meetings until the current social distancing recommendations are lifted.  The following websites will help connect you to an online meeting:

www.intherooms.com: AA, NA, Dual Diagnosis, SAA (sex addiction), CPA (chronic pain)

http://na-recovery.org/: NA Online Meetings

http://12stepforums.net/alanonfamilygrouponlinemeeting.html: Alanon online

As set forth above, individualized meeting requirements will continue to apply and participants are expected to document attendance at online meetings for submission to the assigned recovery specialist.

Recovery Based Apps  The WEconnect app provides you with daily reminders to stay on track with your recovery plan. You can create reminders to call your sponsor, go to a group meeting, or meditate—anything you need to provide that extra push.

12 Step Meditation Daily Reflections for AA, NA, Al-Anon- This app features hundreds of easy-to-follow guided meditations, as well as soothing music, prayers, and 12-step recovery audio.

SCRPP encourages you to increase your communication with your sponsor, recovery specialist, and to utilize other facets to maintain your recovery, i.e, daily readings, meditations, etc. For general questions about COVID-19 participants should visit the DHEC website at:https://www.scdhec.gov/health/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid19.gov

 

Tia Cooper
Program Director, SCRPP