The Opioid Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP) will begin 1/31/2019!

Opioid Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP)

Three Steps to Access Medical Cannabis

  1. Get an online OAPP Physician Certification (MD or DO).
    • You qualify if you are prescribed an opioid or could be prescribed an opioid.
  2. Visit Seven Point (during business hours) within 30 days of obtaining the online OAPP Physician Certification.
    • Please Bring:
      • ›Illinois Driver’s license or state ID
      • Proof of address documentation
      • ›Credit/debit card for $10 co-payment to state
  3. Receive your eRegistry› (90 day OAPP Certification) email!  You are then able to make your first medical cannabis purchase.

Qualifying patients

  • ›Currently prescribed an opioid OR could be prescribed an opioid
  • ›Must complete certification/registration process online
  • ›Can register again after the 90 day certification.
  • Can also apply for MCPP (1-3 year certification) if you have one of the 41 qualifying condition
  • ›May not change dispensary during the 90-day certification period
  • May purchase up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis every 14-days. No waiver of the allowable amount
  • ›Must be 21 or older at the time of registration
  • ›No dual registration in OAPP and MCPP
  • ›No caregiver provisions
  • ›May not have a Commercial Driver’s License or School Bus Permit

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Replace and Reduce Opioid Use with Medical Cannabis

Replacing opioids with medical cannabis is at the forefront of modern day medicine and saving lives (JAMA Intern Med. 2014) .Not only can medical cannabis help your actual physical pain, it supports the psychological components of well-being that contribute to long-term opioid reduction and/or abstinence.  At Seven Point, we help to translate and integrate scientific research, medical cannabis knowledge, and psychosocial community support into a technically sound cannabis treatment plan.

To begin the process of replacing or reducing opioids with medical cannabis, Dr. Sulak from Healer.com offers guidance about what forms of cannabis to use and when. He recommends that alongside every dose of opioids taken throughout the day to include a dose of medical cannabis in a tincture or oil form. The synergy of both cannabis and the opioid can increase pain relief while increasing or widening the safety threshold of the opioid ( 2017 Aug). For cravings and breakthrough symptoms, Dr. Sulak recommends vaporizing or smoking cannabis flower, in place of using a vape pen or dabbing a concentrate, as cannabis flower provides a full range of compounds that may produce a more robust medical effect.

Let us know if you would like more information on this topic. We will guide you to the various types of products that adhere to Dr. Sulak’s ‘How to Use Cannabis to Reduce and Replace Opioid Medications’ guidelines and provide you with written material including resources for your own self-study. Seven Point Lunch & Learns emphasis a positive, interactive, and supportive community-network where our clients and those of you waiting for your cards are always welcome to attend and connect with others who have similar medical cannabis interests and goals.  Come and learn more about medical cannabis dosing, strains, ratios, formulations, and delivery methods while forming positive social connections with others. We are all about creating a supportive community of healing and wellness.

Not yet registered? Visit our Sign Up and Feel Better blog  to get started!

Waiting for your card? No need to wait to join our community!

http://sevenpoint.org/self-educate.html.

Questions? Please contact us at 708-665-3143 or dispensary@sevenpoint.org.

Come and visit us today at 1132 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301

Written by Amy Lee, LCSW

 

 

 

Sign up and Feel Better!

We will kick off our Seven Point blog by sharing with you everything you need to know to get registered quickly and efficiently! We have always, since the inception of the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, been committed to raising awareness about this program and increasing the number of patients that have access. We see over 500 patients each week at Seven Point and witness first-hand the clear benefits of medical cannabis that lead to an increase in quality of life. We also know that there are many obstacles and barriers to gaining access to medical cannabis and that there is an extremely large number of patients who could tremendously benefit from this natural medicine, but who are not aware of the program or may feel overwhelmed by the rigid, multi-step application process.

To make this application process as smooth and efficient as possible, we regularly hold education & registration workshops here at Seven Point as well as at two nearby libraries, offering both daytime and evening options. Every Thursday afternoon we host these workshops in our Seven Point community room, at 1pm (please arrive promptly), immediately next door to our dispensary. In addition to our regular Thursday workshops at Seven Point, we alternate between the Berwyn and Westchester Public Libraries, offering a workshop each week in the evening from 6:30-8pm. Check out our workshop schedule .  Our outreach team provides support throughout this process, helping you to get registered quickly and efficiently.

Please keep in mind that there are two separate parts to this application process:

1) Physician Certification Form (this is the first step ). Your physician will complete the Physician Written Certification Form and give the form back to you for submission with your application. The form must be scanned and saved as a pdf document and then uploaded with your on-line application . The certification must be received within 90 days of your application and must show an in-person visit date within the last 90 days.

Do you need to find a doctor? www.ilcannabismd.com will certainly help!. Simply type in your zip code and you will find doctors in your area who are familiar with the multiple benefits of medical cannabis. Feel free to contact doctors from this list and inquire about their procedures in order to be certified with a qualifying condition.

2) Qualifying Patient application and passport photo.

Please bring the following to a Seven Point Workshop:

Qualifying Patients and Caregivers:

  • Note: This process may require follow-up in order to complete your application(s) including all required documentation. To be prepared for this process, please bring the required proofs of residency stated below and accepted form of payments with you to the workshop.
  • We provide passport photos at no cost for both patient and caregiver.
  • Your Driver’s License or State ID (it’s ok if your ID is from another state or does not have your current address).
  • Two current proofs of residency as stated on page 4 of the Qualifying Patient Application required documents and Designated  Caregiver Application required documents  such as a utility, water, cable, electric, gas, cell phone, bank statement.

Payment for the state application:

Note: All Patient and Caregiver application fees must be paid with a Debit or Credit Card and are non-refundable.

  • Patients: The state application fees – $100 for 1 year, $200 for 2 years, and $250 for 3 years. Veterans and those enrolled in SSDI or SSI get a 50% discount with the required documentation.
  • Caregivers: The state application fees- $25 for 1 year, $50 for 2 years, $75 for 3 years, and $75 for a Caregiver applying separately for a patient who has already been registered (the expiration date for the caregiver and the patient card will be the same).

Patients:

  • If enrolled in SSDI or SSI, bring your current Benefit Verification letter stating the type of benefits you are receiving. ( Qualifying Patient Application form) see bottom page 2.
  • If you are a Veteran and receiving care through the VA, bring your medical records from the VA from the last 15 months (on a CD only) stating your Qualifying Condition. Additionally, bring your DD214
  • (http://sevenpoint.org/forms-veterans.html).
  • If you are a veteran not currently receiving care through the VA, you will still receive the discounted application rate by providing your DD214.

You will receive an eRegistry card from IDPH to the email address that you provided on your application. You may use this as your provisional access to enter Seven Point while you are awaiting final approval and your physical card. which will be mailed directly to you.

Join one of our Lunch & Learns while you wait for your card!

We are here to support you through this entire process! What questions do you have for us? Where are you in this process? Are there any tips you would like to share regarding the registration process?