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Netsmart University Announces Partner Referral Agreement With New York Association of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Providers

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 General News J E 4
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NEW YORK, Jan. 26 Netsmart Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise-wide software and services for health and human services organizations, today announced it has entered into a partner referral agreement with the New York State Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers (ASAP) for Netsmart University, the company's comprehensive education, online learning and learning management solution.



ASAP is a not-for-profit membership association which seeks to improve the quality of life in the State of New York by advocating for and promoting the highest quality treatment, prevention, research and training in chemical dependency services. ASAP is the member association for the largest system of substance abuse providers in the nation. The agreement to launch "ASAP University" through Netsmart was announced at NY ASAP's 11th Annual Conference in New York City.



ASAP University will offer access to Netsmart University's online and classroom courses to ASAP's more than 250 member organizations, which includes agencies and programs across the State of New York that provide alcoholism and substance abuse prevention, treatment, research and training programs.



Netsmart University's full-featured learning management system enables organizations to create Web-based corporate learning portals to support employee training and development, gain staff continuing education units (CEUs), and improve staff retention and productivity.



"Netsmart University's capabilities gives ASAP members a cost-effective and efficient way to access continuing education and professional training that is critical to the field in a forum that is both convenient and conducive to these challenging economic times," said ASAP's Executive Director John Coppola. "Accessing this training through ASAP's Web site makes it possible to bypass geographical boundaries by offering a forum where they can share best practices and other professional development opportunities. We are pleased to provide this additional benefit to our members."



ASAP University will offer specific courses to meet the ASAP membership's needs and interests. Offering this innovative education and training portal is in keeping with ASAP's commitment to make available to the chemical dependency field access to best practices in workforce development, education and training. ASAP University will provide an opportunity for members to access continuously updated, research-based, effective resources for training and continuing education.



"We're delighted to partner with NY ASAP to bring ASAP University to its member organizations. Netsmart's Learning Management System will provide NY ASAP with the ability to easily manage online, blended and traditional classroom training, and provide access to a library of more than 400 online courses," said Liz Vasti, vice president, Netsmart University.



For information about Netsmart University and Netsmart's full range of solutions for health and human services organizations, visit www.ntst.com or call 1-800-421-7503.



For further information on the mission and purpose of the New York State Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, visit www.asapnys.org.



About Netsmart Technologies, Inc.



Netsmart Technologies is an established, leading supplier of enterprise-wide software solutions for health and human services providers. More than 18,000 customer organizations, including 350,000 care providers and nearly 40 state systems, use Netsmart products to help improve the quality of life for millions of people each year.



Netsmart's customers include mental health and substance abuse treatment agencies, psychiatric hospitals, private and group mental health practices, public health departments, vital records offices and managed care organizations. Netsmart's products are full-featured information systems that operate on a variety of operating systems, hardware platforms, and mobile devices, and offer unlimited scalability.



Netsmart's Connected Care initiative allows behavioral and public healthcare providers to share clinical data electronically within their internal processes, externally with other providers, and with consumers via a Web-based portal, enabling high quality, consumer-directed care.



About ASAP



The NYS Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, a not-for-profit membership organization, provides valuable services to professionals working in chemical dependence and problem gambling treatment and prevention programs, as well as health and social services professionals focused on addiction. ASAP offers a variety of educational activities and state-of-the-art resources to strengthen prevention, treatment and recovery efforts in NYS, and provides valuable information to persons working in the field of addictions.



ASAP is committed to strengthening the chemical dependency prevention and treatment field by consistently offering opportunities for continued education and the implementation of best management and operating practices. They offer a number of opportunities for ASAP-NYS members, as well as non-members, to participate in programs that expose the field to new approaches to clinical practices. ASAP University will be a key component in ASAP's promotion workforce and leadership development to ensure quality services and growth in the field.





SOURCE Netsmart Technologies, Inc.
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