ValueOptions New Mexico Adopts Standardized Substance Abuse Assessment Tool


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Addiction Severity Index-Multimedia Version (ASI-MV®) Implemented Statewide

Newton, MA and Albuquerque, NM—February 21, 2007— Inflexxion, Inc., ValueOptions New Mexico, and the New Mexico Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Services Division today announced a statewide initiative to deploy the Inflexxion ASI-MV® and the ASI-MV Connect™ Data Center to behavioral health service providers throughout the statewide ValueOptions Network.

“I am very excited that treatment providers across the state are moving toward the use of ASI-MV® for substance abuse assessments,” said Jim Clarkson, director of Substance Abuse Programs for ValueOptions New Mexico. “This remarkable tool, available at no cost to providers, thanks to funding from ValueOptions and the Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Services Division, gives clinicians an immediate and in-depth report highlighting potential clinical issues with which to assist their clients.

The confidential, self-administered ASI-MV® streamlines the substance abuse intake process, enabling counselors to quickly assess and more efficiently focus on their clients’ recovery needs. Domains assessed in the ASI-MV® include: alcohol and drug dependency levels, medical, employment, legal, family/social and psychiatric issues. Clients are able to use the audio-video program regardless of their reading ability, or prior computer experience.

In addition to allowing more efficient and standardized administration, the Inflexxion ASI-MV® provides substance abuse facilities across the state with access to the Inflexxion ASI-MV Connect™ Data Center. Clarkson noted that the Inflexxion ASI-MV Connect™ Data Center enables DOH-funded providers to gain immediate access to detailed aggregate data about the population they serve, and plan accordingly, in a way never before available. “This information will be invaluable for grant-writing, strategic planning, and program development that addresses the most pressing needs within their individual communities. The ASI-MV Connect™ Data Center will also help providers, and the entire state, track how well we are doing in treating substance abuse,” added Clarkson.

“We look forward to our ongoing relationship with ValueOptions New Mexico and their providers to incorporate the ASI-MV® and ASI-MV Connect™ Data Center into their standard assessment procedures.” said Dr. Al Villapiano, Vice President of Substance Abuse Business Development at Inflexxion.

The ASI-MV® has been used for more than six years in over 700 substance abuse treatment settings, prisons, drug courts, probation departments and welfare offices across the country. “Inflexxion is pleased to provide this clinically-validated assessment tool to ValueOptions’ providers throughout the state of New Mexico,” commented Inflexxion founder and CEO, Dr. Simon Budman.

Inflexxion will assist Value Options and the New Mexico Department of Health throughout the ASIMV® implementation process.

About Inflexxion, Inc.

Inflexxion Inc., (, founded in 1989, creates behavioral health solutions for prevention, education and disease management using engaging interactive multimedia and Internet technologies. Inflexxion develops clinically tested programs for substance abuse and addiction, campus health, cancer, HIV, pain management, women’s health and other wellness issues. These innovative programs help health professionals, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies deliver quality care to diverse populations. The Substance Abuse Division’s interactive, self-guided tools enhance health professionals’ detection and assessment of alcohol and drug abuse among substance abusers. Key offerings include the Addiction Severity Index Multimedia Version (ASI-MV®) and the ASI-MV Connect™ Data Center. Inflexxion is based in Waltham, MA.

About Value Options New Mexico

ValueOptions New Mexico is the statewide entity that manages public funding and delivery of care for behavioral health in New Mexico. ValueOptions is committed to providing behavioral health services that are both culturally competent and responsive to the unique needs of New Mexicans statewide. For more information, please visit