The Patient Advisory & Advocacy Group
Expanding, Strengthening and Supporting Excellence in Patient Care
The goal of PAAG is to advises Aegis on how to better serve patients, and to advocate
for the larger community of Aegis patients and other clients. PAAG provides feedback
necessary for Aegis to develop and raise Aegis professional and ethical standards
that have a direct relationship to the effectiveness of treatment and Aegis patients’
quality of life.
To advocate for addiction patient’s rights and for the removal of prejudices and
discrimination that prevent their successful treatment and integration into a productive
and positive lifestyle.
To increase community awareness through education.
Advocate involvement binds patients, staff, administration, government agencies
and communities together. It is everyone's responsibility to incorporate these groups
into strategic alliance. Patient groups are a rich source to determine if a designed
protocol will be effective with patients. In addition, these groups have a vested
interest in helping communicate information about their program and attempt to bring
about change in attitudes, perceptions and realities of their recovery effort. By
involving patients in this process, the objective is to substantially improve the
services provided to the Aegis patients and to effect change in the treatment criteria
mandated by legislation and public opinion. PAAG members serve as educators and
spokespersons in their communities to gain cooperation and improve the standing
of all patients.
PAAG will serve to reinforce patients’ ability to be directly involved in the treatment
of their addiction and in the policies, which support that treatment. Patients will
also have an outlet and process in which to work toward change of the discriminatory
laws and behaviors, which surround the addict in many different arenas.