Previous Summits

Partners is proud to host health summit events to build awareness and educate the communities we serve. Information and resources from previous summits and events are listed here for your reference.

February 2017 Health Summit

On February 25, 2017, Partners Behavioral Health Management and the Iredell County Public Health Department co-sponsored an educational event for healthcare professionals in Iredell County. The purpose of the event was to provide a better understanding of the science of addiction and self-destructive behavior, naloxone and the NC Standing Order, safe opioid prescribing, and the NC Controlled Substance Reporting System. This event was also sponsored by the North Carolina Governors Institute and a byproduct of strategic planning efforts steered by the Drug Abuse Free Iredell Coalition. The event program and slide deck presentations are available through the tabs on the left.

Schedule Sessions with Slide Decks
8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration – Food and Drinks Provided
9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
Speaker: Jane Hinson, MS, BSN, RN, Iredell County Health Director
9:15-10:45 a.m. Understanding Addiction
Speaker: Dr. Omar Manejwala, MD, Addiction Psychiatrist International Speaker Author
10:45-11:00 a.m Networking Break
11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. NC and Iredell County Opioid Epidemic Naloxone Standing Order
Speaker: Nidhi Sachdeva, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health
11:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. NC Controlled Substances Reporting System
Speaker: Alex Asbun, MBA, Drug Control Unit Manager NC DHHS
12:30-1:15 p.m. Safer Prescribing Practices: Using the Controlled Substances, Reporting System & Naloxone and Experience using CSRS
Speaker(s):

  • Dr. Harsh Govil. MD, MPH, DABPM, DABIPP, Govil Spine and Pain Care, Piedmont Healthcare
  • Edward G. Hammett, Drug Enforcement Administration
1:15-2:15 p.m. Substance Use Disorder Treatment Continuum
Speaker(s):

  • Dr. Michael Clark, Associate Medical Director, Partners Behavioral Health Management
  • Lynne Grey, MA, LPC, LCAS, CSI, Partners Behavioral Health Management
2:15-2:45 p.m. The Human Side of Addiction
Speaker: Sandy Tabor-Gray, Drug Abuse Free Iredell Coalition
2:45-3:00 p.m. Resources for Providers
Speaker: Megan Redford, BS, Healthy Carolinians Coordinator, Iredell County Health Department
Drug Abuse Free Iredell Coalition
Speaker: Regina Propst, BA, Iredell County Partnership for Success, Insight Human Services

Struggles of Opioid Addiction

October 2016 Partners Health Summit

Almost 400 citizens learned ways to combat the largest drug epidemic plaguing our country—opioid and prescription drug overuse—during the most recent Partners Health Summit, the Struggles of Opioid Addiction, on Friday, October 14. The summit brought the general public and addiction and recovery specialists together to explore addiction and understand prevention, treatment, and recovery for those living with addiction.

The free summit offered nine presentations focused on treating chronic pain without opioids, how legislation impacts the epidemic, treatments for addiction, teens and addiction prevention, and how to care for those in recovery. Participants were also able to connect with support professionals from the area and join the Recovery Rally to celebrate the hard work and dedication needed to sustain recovery.

Schedule Sessions with Slide Decks
7:45-8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45-10:00 a.m. Keynote Presentation:
Treating Chronic Pain in the Midst of the Opioid Epidemic
Presenter: Dr. Mel Pohl, Las Vegas Recovery Center
10:15-11:30 a.m Choice of Breakout Sessions:

1. Understanding Prevention: Helping Teens Avoid Addiction

  • Presenters: Maceo Mayo & Andrea Garraway, prevention specialists for Addiction Recovery Prevention and RHA Health Services, Inc

2. Caring for Loved Ones in Recovery

  • Presenter: Jason Winkler, Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Therapist for Support, Inc.

3. Treatments for Addiction

  • Presenters: Dr. Michael Clark, Associate Medical Director, and Lynne Grey, Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Utilization Management Supervisor, for Partners Behavioral Health Management
11:30 a.m. –
12:30 p.m.
Luncheon Session: Confronting the Opioid Epidemic with Legislation

Presenters:

  • Brett Keeter, District Director, Office of Congressman Patrick McHenry
  • Rep. John Torbett, District 108, Gaston County
12:30-1:45 p.m. Choice of Breakout Sessions:

1. Normal is a Setting on the Dryer

  • Presenters: Georgeina Koontz, Clinical Manager for Phoenix Counseling Center

2. Medication Assisted Treatment: Myths & Facts

  • Presenter: Christie Simons, Director of Counseling Services at Belmont Abbey College

3. Building a Recovery-Oriented System of Care

  • Presenter: Heather Lail, Director of Clinical Services for Clay, Wilson & Associates and The Cognitive Connection
2:00-3:00 p.m Recovery Rally:

  • Emcee: Connie Pringle, Clinical Supervisor for Epiphany Family Services
  • Join in a celebration of the hard work and dedication needed for people to recover from opioid addiction and other substance use disorders. The rally will include inspirational speakers, personal recovery stories, music, and refreshments for all attendees.

Treating Chronic Pain in the Midst of the Opioid Epidemic

Over 18,000 people have died from an overdose of prescription opioids in the United States in the past year. The prescription of, and the misuse and addiction to these drugs have surpassed marijuana and are decimating a generation of Americans. Heroin use and overdoses deaths are on the rise as well. This epidemic was born in another epidemic: Chronic Pain. This session will review how we got to this point, the nature of the epidemic, pain treatment and addiction, and will explore solutions for changing course at this crucial time.

Presenter: Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM is the Chief Medical Officer of the Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC’s Chronic Pain Recovery Program.

He is a Board Certified Family Practitioner, certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Pohl is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He was elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 2009 to present. He is the author of A Day Without Pain (Central Recovery Press) and The Pain Antidote – Stop Suffering from Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers, and Reclaim Your Life with Kathy Ketcham (DaCapo Press).

Presentation Slide Decks (PPT Format)

Understanding Prevention: Helping Teens Avoid Addiction

This interactive presentation will focus on prevention basics and how prevention is disseminated. Basics include the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s Six Prevention Strategies, the Strategic Prevention Framework, and Protective factors. The presentation concludes with individuals in recovery, Iain Wisdom and Janis Dawson, who will share stories about their addictions.

Presenter: Maceo Mayo III, CSAC, Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant, Certified Peer Support Specialist, and Prevention Services Coordinator with RHA-Addiction Recovery and Prevention in Gaston County. Mr. Mayo has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Human Services Counseling at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He is a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant, a registered Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and a Certified Peer Support Specialist in the state of North Carolina. He is the former Prevention Director for Freedom House of Mecklenburg, Inc. and Executive Director of Power of Prevention Inc., and Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for Family Innovations, LLC. Mr. Mayo has been a consultant for HUD’s Drug Elimination Technical Assistance Program since 1997. He has provided technical assistance for various public housing authorities and resident groups within the United States for 33 years. His areas of expertise include leadership training, community organization and development, neighborhood association building, creative problem solving, diversity, drug information, and advocacy.

Presenter: Andrea Garraway, Partnership For Success (PFS) Grant Coordinator and Prevention Specialist with Addiction, Recovery, and Prevention located in Gastonia, NC. Ms. Garraway holds a masters in Mental Health/Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University in Bowie, MD. She is an Associate Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, an Associate Licensed Professional Counselor, and is a Registered Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant. She provides management support and coordination for the PFS grant. The grant seeks to reduce the negative effects of prescription drug misuse and abuse in North Carolina through the implementation of the Strategic Prevention Framework. During her six years working in prevention, Andrea coordinated and facilitated an array of various prevention programs for non-for-profit to the public sector. She has also contributed articles to Gaston Gazette, HOLA Noticias, and Que pasa mi Gente publications.

Presentation Slide Decks (PPT Format)

Caring for Loved Ones in Recovery

Learn about the many facets of helping someone with an addiction. Topics include encouragement/enablement versus empowerment, patience, accountability, true accounts of the risks of enmeshment (co-dependence), commitment with boundaries, and research and statistics from the national and state levels.

Presenter: Jason Winkler, LPCA, LCASA, Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program Treatment Clinician with Support, Inc. Mr. Winkler graduated from Lee University in Charlotte, NC, with a Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Counseling. He received a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. Mr. Winkler is a Licensed Clinical Abuse Specialist Associate (LCASA), with previous experience being a program manager at a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Center, a psychotherapist at a private practice, and a Therapist at a Behavioral Health Hospital in their Partial Hospitalization Program. He has worked with individuals of all ages with various mental health diagnoses. Currently working as a therapist for the Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient program on Chestnut Street in Gastonia site, he provides both basic drug education, Intensive group therapy, case management services to facilitate long-term, successful recovery and growth for his clients.

Presentation Slide Decks (PPTX Format)

Treatments for Addiction

During this session, you will learn about the levels of care available for people with addiction and substance use disorders, plus the services offered by providers in Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Surry and Yadkin counties. The presenters will provide a snapshot of a client that would be appropriate for each level of care and service.

Presenter: Lynne Grey, MA, LPC, LCAS, CSI, Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder Utilization Management Supervisor with Partners Behavioral Health Management. Ms. Grey received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC and a Master of Arts in Community Counseling and a Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Her professional experience includes providing individual, group, and family therapy for adolescents and adults diagnosed with substance use disorders. Before coming to Partners, Lynne managed the Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program and Substance Abuse Comprehensive Outpatient Treatment programs at an agency in Gastonia.

Presenter: Michael Clark, MD, Associate Medical Director with Partners Behavioral Health Management. Being board-certified in both Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Clark is qualified to deliver care and consultation across the age range. Since completing a psychiatry residence at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and a child psychiatry fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, he has gained broad experience over twenty years in the field of mental health. Initially, Dr. Clark entered the private sector and delivered outpatient and inpatient care in a managed care setting. During that time, he was medical director over an adolescent psychiatric unit at Alamance Regional Medical Center. In 1999, he began work full-time in the public sector with The Guilford Center and eventually became medical director. At the Guilford Center, he also working to assure patient needs were met in the appropriate level of care in their outpatient clinics and in their crisis/emergency unit. Dr. Clark is also a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Presentation Slide Decks (PPTX Format)

Normal is a Setting on the Dryer

What is normal? It’s a setting on an appliance, not a label that can be applied to people. In this session, learn about the effects of living with addiction, how to recover, and the difference between dysfunctional and functional families.

Presenter: Georgeina Koontz, Clinical Manager-Shelby Outpatient Program, with Phoenix Counseling Center. Ms. Koontz received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a specialty in substance abuse, from Penn State University, PA in 1993. She also received Master of Arts and Specialist of Education degree in mental health counseling from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC in 2007. She became a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in 1998, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist in 2009, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor in 2014. Ms. Koontz has been working in substance abuse field since 1993 serving adults, adolescents, men only, women only, those with dual diagnosis, and families in therapy in areas such as detox/crisis, outpatient, DWI, residential treatment-short and long term, transitional living, prison, probation, and parole population, and clinical supervision.

Presentation Slide Decks (PPT Format)

Medication-Assisted Treatment: Myths & Facts

The presentation will provide a brief overview of medication-assisted treatment, particularly methadone and buprenorphine. There will be a basic explanation of the pharmacology of these medications. The presentation includes a specific example of medication-assisted treatment at the McLeod Center. Typical myths, stigmas, and attitudes associated with medication-assisted treatment, and the truths about this treatment, will be addressed.

Presenter: Christie Simons, Director of Counseling Services and Psychology Professor with Belmont Abbey College. Ms. Simons recently transitioned from Program Manager at the McLeod Center to her new position as a director and professor at her alma mater, Belmont Abbey College. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Theology from Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC and received a master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, GA. During a graduate internship, she worked with the Dual Diagnosis population. Upon completing graduate studies, Ms. .Simons returned to Belmont Abbey as an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department, teaching courses such as Psychology of Addictions, Abnormal Psychology, and Developmental Psychology. She then worked as a counselor, and later program manager, at the McLeod Center with medication-assisted treatment where she attended numerous trainings on medication-assisted treatment and pharmacology.

Presentation Slide Decks (PPTX Format)

Building a Recovery-Oriented System of Care

Hear about combining resources and services to build a community ensuring a system of whole person care. The presentation includes a brief correlation between mental health disorders and substance use disorders. There will also be an overview of current area mental health and substance use providers with current services offered, and the current gaps in services regarding the Dual Diagnosis population in relation to current provider services. Finally, the presentation reviews Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care in relation to values and operational elements.

Presenter: Heather Lail, MA, LCAS, CSI, Director of Clinical Services with Clay, Wilson & Associates-The Cognitive Connection. Ms. Lail is a native of Catawba County. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC and completed her graduate degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She has worked in the behavioral health field for 13 years in positions including case management, direct care, lead clinician, community outreach supervisor, LCAS site supervisor, and all aspects of outpatient substance use treatment.

Presentation Slide Decks (PPTX Format)

Recovery Rally

Join in a celebration of the hard work and dedication needed for people to recover from opioid addiction and other substance use disorders. We will celebrate recovery in a safe environment together. The rally will include inspirational speakers, personal recovery stories, music, and refreshments.

Presenter: Cornelia Pringle has over 27 years of experience in the field of addiction and mental health. She holds a Master’s Degree (MS) in Substance Abuse & Education, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA), Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), Masters Addiction Counselor (MAC), Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS), Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICAADC), and Internationally Certified Clinical Supervisor (ICCS). Cornelia has specifically worked with individuals and groups dealing with substance abuse, co-occurrence disorders, trauma, and criminal behaviors. She is currently working as a program manager in Charlotte, NC where she is supervising several treatment program modalities such as Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program (SAIOP), Substance Abuse Comprehensive Outpatient Treatment Program (SACOT), and Aftercare. Cornelia’s goal is to successfully collaborate with other community resources in order to be able to serve women who are transitioning from the criminal justice system. The name of her transitional living facility is named “W.I.N.G.S”, which stands for Women In Need of Greater Support. Recovery has afforded her a chance to make a difference in her life and she want to offer the same opportunity to others.

March 2016 Partners Health Summit

On Friday, March 11, Partners Behavioral Health Management and the NC Council of Community Programs tackled North Carolina’s opioid epidemic by training 400 local doctors, healthcare providers, first responders, law enforcement officers, parole officers and county health department personnel at its first-ever Opioid Summit.

The free summit offered 17 presentations focused on early identification of substance use disorders, overdose reversal strategies, medication-assisted treatment procedures, alternative pain management options, and the latest best practices in the prescribing of opioids.

Summit Schedule

See the line-up of presentations held on March 11, 2016.

7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. 1. Welcome & Opioid Addiction Prevention Overview – Sarah Potter
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 2. Motivational Interviewing for Healthcare Professionals – David R. Swann
3. Suboxone: Who, What, When, Where and Why – Dr. Bobby Kearney
4. Pitfalls of Using Opioids for the Treatment of Chronic Pain – Dr. Mel Pohl
5. Law Enforcement Innovations – Donnie Varnell
6. Non-Narcotic Interventions for Pain Management – Dr. Kashyap Patel
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 7. Suboxone: Who, What, When, Where and Why – Dr. Bobby Kearney
8. NC Good Samaritan Law Overview – Hyun Namkoong
9. Partnership for Success Grant- Panel Discussion Facilitated by Maceo Mayo
10. Pregnant Women with Opioid Addiction – Dr. Velma V. Taormina and other members of the Gaston County STAR Program
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Lunch Break
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 11. Keynote: Why Integrate Addiction Care into Mainstream Medicine? – Thomas McLellan
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Break
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 12. Pain and Addiction, Challenges and Controversies – Dr. Mel Pohl
13. Expanding Naloxone Access in NC – Hyun Namkoong
14. Partnership for Success Grant – Discussion Facilitated by Maceo Mayo
15. The Continuum of Care – Panel Discussion Facilitated by Lynne Grey
16. Integrated Care/Evidence-Based Screening Tools for Rapid Identification of Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Disorders – David R. Swann
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 17. Voices of Recovery

1. Welcome & Opioid Addiction Prevention Overview – Sarah Potter

Location: Room A

Presenter: Sarah Potter is the Chief of Community Wellness, Prevention, and Health Integration at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. She previously served as the Director of Health Policy and Program Development for the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association where she led statewide behavioral health and health policy efforts. In that role, she also directed a state wide substance abuse prevention and leadership development program for high school and middle school youth. Her career reflects an ongoing commitment to helping people live healthy, productive lives and building behavioral health system capacity.

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF Format)

First Session Options – 9:00-10:15 a.m.

2. Motivational Interviewing for Healthcare Professionals

Location: Room D

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a goal-directed, client-centered counselingstyle for eliciting behavioral change by helping patients to explore and resolve ambivalence. The operational assumption in MI is that ambivalent attitudes or lackof resolve is the primary obstacle to behavioral change, so that the examinationand resolution of ambivalence becomes its key goal. MI has been applied to a widerange of problem behaviors related to alcohol and substance abuse as well as healthpromotion, medical treatment adherence, and mental health issues. Learners willreview and practice the skills of MI and how to use it to assess and engage patientsthat may have Substance Use Disorders in health care settings.

Presenter: David Swann, LCAS, CCS, LPC, NCC, Senior Consultant with MTM Services and National Council for Community Healthcare. Mr. Swann is aLicensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and is a National Board Certified Counselor. He alsoserves on numerous national, state and local boards whose programs are designedto deliver high quality health and behavioral healthcare. He is the co- author of Operationalizing Healthcare Reform published by the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare in April 2013. Most recently, David Swann’s work has been highlighted in the manual The Integration of a Mental Health Professional into the Primary Care Setting: A Manual For Pediatric Providers (2009), and the Open Minds Industry Feature: A Commitment to Make A Difference – Mental Health Reform in North Carolina (2007)

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF Format)


3. Suboxone: Who, What, When, Where and Why

Location: Media Room

Medicated assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction may be providedin an OTP or an OTP medication unit (e.g., pharmacy, physician’s office) or,for buprenorphine, a physician’s office or other health care setting. Physicians working in medical offices or other appropriate settings must obtain a waiver from SAMHSA to use buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction. The most frequently used medication for opioid addiction treatment in OTPs is methadone. This presentation will share a whirlwind overview of buprenorphine in both the private practice as well as in Opioid treatment facilities. The pros and cons of MAT, course of treatment, along with use of Evzio use for overdose protocol will be addressed.

Presenter: Dr. Bobby Kearney, MD, Director of Medical Services at AddictionRecovery Medical Services. (A.R.M.S) in Statesville, NC. Dr. Kearney is BoardCertified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, the American


4. Pitfalls of Using Opioids for the Treatment of Chronic Pain

Location: Rooms A & B

This session will review the fundamentals of pain and suffering, in terms of howto differentiate between acute pain and chronic pain, as well as exploring the neurobiology of pain. The epidemiology of the opioid epidemic will be discussed in context of the nature of opioid prescribing practices. In addition, medications thatare used to treat chronic pain will be reviewed including non-opioid medications, as well as screening, entry, and exit strategies of rational prescribing.

Presenter: Mel Pohl. M.D., FASAM, is a Board Certified Family Practitioner. He is Vice President of Medical Affairs and the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center. Certified by ASAM, Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, Diplomate and Fellow of the American Board of Family Practice. He is anationally known public speaker and co-author of Pain Recovery: How to Find Balanceand Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain along with other books. His newest bookis with Kathy Ketcham, The Pain Antidote, Stop Suffering from Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers, and Reclaim Your Life, currently available at bookstores.

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF Format)


5. Law Enforcement Innovations

Location: Rooms G & F

This session will highlight opportunities for law enforcement to help address the Opioid epidemic, with a focus on Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD).LEAD is a pre-booking diversion program developed with the community toaddress low-level drug crimes. The program allows police and sheriffs to redirectlow-level offenders to community-based programs and services, instead of jail andprosecution. By diverting eligible individuals to services, LEAD is committed to improving public safety and public order, and reducing the criminal behavior of people who participate in the program.

Presenter: Donnie Varnell leads NC Harm Reduction Coalition’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program and law enforcement trainings and organizing program for NC Harm Reduction. Prior to working for NCHRC, Donnie was the Special Agent In-Charge for the NC State Bureau of Investigation’s Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit (DECU) where he developed policies, conducted andsupervised investigations dealing with prescription narcotics and environmental violations. He was with the SBI from 1991 through 2015. Donnie received his BS inCriminal Justice from Texas State University in 1985.

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF Format)


6. Non-Narcotic Interventions for Pain Management

Location: Room E

This session will review alternative strategies for pain management including mindfulness, cognitive behavioral techniques, nutrition, meditation, exercise, support groups and medical procedures. The focus will be on treatment options useful for successful management of chronic pain and for use with patients inrecovery from Substance Use Disorders.

Presenter: Dr. Kashyap Patel, M.D., Board Certified Holistic and IntegrativeMedicine, Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine.

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF Format)

Second Session Options – 10:30-11:45 a.m.

7. Suboxone: Who, What, When, Where and Why

Location: Rooms A & B

An explanation of Medication Assisted Treatment specific to Opioid Use Disorders. This session includes a review of current best practices in matching individualized outpatient care to the unique needs of the individual. There will be a discussion of Ambulatory Detoxification, Opioid Treatment Services, and an Integrated Caremodel.

Presenter: Dr. Bobby Kearney, MD, Director of Medical Services at Addiction Recovery Medical Services. (A.R.M.S) in Statesville, NC. Dr. Kearney is Board Certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, the American Board ofPain Medicine, and the American Board of Anesthesiology.


8. NC Good Samaritan Law Overview

Location: Room E

Attendees will be trained in how to use naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid overdoses, and learn about the Good Samaritan Law in NC.

Presenter: Hyun Namkoong, MGH, MPH has been a Health Journalist for NC Health News as well as a Strategic Communications Writer for the UNC Gillings School of Public Health. She has written and contributed to numerous publications on the topics of rural health health disparities, adolescent health, health research, health policy, and health innovations.

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF Format)


9. Panel Discussion: Partnership for Success Grant

Location: Media Room

The Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnership for Success Grant (SPF-PFS) is designed to address one of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities: prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 25. The program is based on the premise that changes at the community level will, over time, lead to measurable changes at the state level. Prevention is a proactive process that seeks to intervene prior to the need for treatment services. This breakout session will focus on the counties receiving the PFS Grant in Partners Behavioral Health Managements catchment area. Each of the recipients will share what they have accomplished and what they plan to accomplish. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and share your thoughts as well.

Facilitator: Maceo Mayo III, CSAC, Certified Substance Abuse PreventionConsultant, Certified Peer Support Specialist, Prevention Services Coordinator for RHA/ARP in Gaston County

Panelists:

  • Dr. Melinda Pankratz, M.P..H, Ph.D, State PFS Coordinator
  • Andrea Garraway, LCAS-A, LPC-A, Certified SA Prevention Specialist, Gaston County PFS Coordinator
  • DeShay Oliver, Cleveland County PFS Coordinator
  • Regina Propst, Iredell County PFS Coordinator
  • Joe Marks, Burke County PFS Coordinator
  • Jane Casarez, Project Lazarus Community Prevention Coordinator
  • Donna Parks Hill, Project Lazarus Project Coordinator

PowerPoint Presentations (PDF Format)
Overview
Burke County – Joe Marks
Cleveland County – Dehsay Oliver
Gaston County – Andrea Garraway
Iredell County – Regina Propst


10. Pregnant Women with Opioid Addiction

Location: Room D

The Substance Treatment And Referral (STAR) Program began with an idea in2012 and has evolved into a critical community initiative to more comprehensively outreach and serve pregnant women with Opioid Addiction. This session will describe the medical home model and clinical pathways maximizing active treatment of the Substance Use Disorder over the course of pregnancy through collaboration with responsive community providers. A needs assessmentand thorough problem analysis resulted in the addition of peer support and transportation as critical components to a successful program.

Presenter: Dr. Velma V. Taormina and other members of the Gaston CountySTAR Program.

PowerPoint Presentations (PDF Format)
Overview
Main


11. Keynote Presentation: Why Integrate Addiction Care into Mainstream Medicine?

Location: Rooms A, B & C

This keynote session will provide an explanation of Medication Assisted Treatment specific to Opioid Use Disorders. It will also provide a review of current best practices in matching individualized outpatient care to the unique needs of the individual, as well as a discussion of Ambulatory Detoxification, Opioid Treatment Services, and an Integrated Care Model.

Dr. Thomas McLellan is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Treatment Research Institute. He was the principal developer of the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) and the Treatment Services Review, widely used substance abuse instruments. He has served as an advisor to many government and nonprofit scientific organizations, including the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the National Practice Laboratory of the American Psychiatric Association, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the World Health Organization, the Greek government and Public Health England. Additionally, Dr. McLellan has published over 400 articles and chapters on addiction research, and is the recipient of the distinguished Life Achievement Awards of the American and British Societies of Addiction Medicine.

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF Format)


Third Session Options – 1:45-3:00 p.m.

12. Pain and Addiction, Challenges and Controversies

Location: Rooms A & B

Chronic Pain occurs as a complicated web of emotions and physical symptoms.The most common way to treat pain is to use opioid medications, which actually complicate the course of chronic pain. For some individuals who develop chemical dependency in addition to these medications, management and treatment for their condition can become much more complicated. This session will review the interactions of pain, suffering, and addiction as they interface in your clients with suggestions for intervention and treatment.

Presenter: Mel Pohl. M.D., FASAM, is a Board Certified Family Practitioner. He is Vice President of Medical Affairs and the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center. Certified by ASAM, Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, Diplomate and Fellow of the American Board of Family Practice. He is anationally known public speaker and co-author of Pain Recovery: How to Find Balanceand Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain along with other books. His newest bookis with Kathy Ketcham, The Pain Antidote, Stop Suffering from Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers, and Reclaim Your Life, currently available at bookstores.

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF Format)


13. Expanding Naloxone Access in North Carolina

Location: Media Room

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition staff will explain the coalitions naloxone distribution model and success in passing out overdose rescue kits and tracking reversals.

Presenter: Hyun Namkoong, MGH, MPH has been a Health Journalist for NCHealth News as well as a Strategic Communications Writer for the UNC Gillings School of Public Health. She has written and contributed to numerous publicationson the topics of rural health, health disparities, adolescent health, health research, health policy, and health innovations.

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF Format)


14. Panel Discussion: Partnership for Success Grant

Location: Rooms G & F

The Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnership for Success Grant (SPF-PFS) isdesigned to address one of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities:prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 25. The program isbased on the premise that changes at the community level will, over time, lead to measurable changes at the state level. Prevention is a proactive process that seeks to intervene prior to the need for treatment services. This breakout session will focuson the counties receiving the PFS Grant in Partners Behavioral Health Management catchment area. Each of the recipients will share what they have accomplished and what they plan to accomplish. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and share your thoughts as well.

Facilitator: Maceo Mayo III, CSAC, Certified Substance Abuse PreventionConsultant, Certified Peer Support Specialist, Prevention Services Coordinator forRHA/ARP in Gaston County

Panelists:

  • Dr. Melinda Pankratz, M.P..H, Ph.D, State PFS Coordinator
  • Andrea Garraway, LCAS-A, LPC-A, Certified SA Prevention Specialist, Gaston County PFS Coordinator
  • DeShay Oliver, Cleveland County PFS Coordinator
  • Regina Propst, Iredell County PFS Coordinator
  • Joe Marks, Burke County PFS Coordinator
  • Jane Casarez, Project Lazarus Community Prevention Coordinator
  • Donna Parks Hill, Project Lazarus Project Coordinator

PowerPoint Presentations (PDF Format)
Overview
Burke County – Joe Marks
Cleveland County – DeShay Oliver
Gaston County – Andrea Garraway
Iredell County – Regina Propst


15. Panel Discussion: The Continuum of Care

Location: Room E

Discussion topics will include promoting engagement, matching clients with the appropriate levels of care, promoting positive treatment outcomes, coordination of care across providers and services, and successful discharge/transition planning. The panel will include representatives from primary care, Opioid Treatment Services (“methadone clinic”), Medication Assisted Treatment, and Substance Use Disorder specialty services (IOP, Comprehensive Outpatient, and halfway houseservices). The providers participating will be McLeod Center, Phoenix Counseling Center, Psychiatric Services of the Carolinas, and Rudisill Family Practice. These agencies provide a range of services treating Opioid Use Disorders and have been actively involved in a SUD Collaborative over the past year to improve communication and functioning of the Partners Behavioral Health Management continuum of care.

Facilitator: Lynne Grey, MA, LPC, LCAS, CSI is currently working as an MH/SUDUtilization Management Supervisor at Partners Behavioral Health Management. She received a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in Community Counseling from Appalachian State University, along with a Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling. Her professional experience includes providing individual, group, and family therapy for adolescents and adults diagnosed with substance use disorders. Before coming to Partners, Lynne managed the Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program(SAIOP) and Substance Abuse Comprehensive Outpatient Treatment (SACOT) programs at a local agency in Gastonia.

Panelists:

  • Kelli Haas, MA, CSAC, Program Director, McLeod Addictive Disease Center
  • Kevin Oliver, MA, MPA, LCAS, CEO, Phoenix Counseling Center
  • Corey Richardson, DHSc(c), MPAS, MBA, Clinical Director of Behavioral Health Services, Rudisill Family Practice
  • Nilima Shukla, MD, Psychiatric Services of Carolinas

16. Integrated Care/Evidence-Based Screening Tool for Rapid Identification of Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Disorders

Location: Room D

The early detection of substance use and mental health disorders often resultsin interventions that are less intensive than when detected late. Integrated and coordinated care in general healthcare improves the likelihood of early detectionthrough screening and assessment and provides the ability to coordinate anyinterventions with other team-based healthcare providers. Attendees will explorethe screening tools and best practice in integrated care to achieve the greatest impact with the lowest cost.

Presenter: David Swann, LCAS, CCS, LPC, NCC, Senior Consultant with MTM Services and National Council for Community Healthcare. Mr. Swann is aLicensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and is a National Board Certified Counselor. He also serves on numerous national, state and local boards whose programs are designed to deliver high quality health and behavioral healthcare. He is the co-author of Operationalizing Healthcare Reform published by the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare in April 2013. Most recently, David Swann’s work has been highlighted in the manual The Integration of a Mental Health Professional into the Primary Care Setting: A Manual For Pediatric Providers (2009), and the Open Minds Industry Feature: A Commitment to Make A Difference – Mental Health Reform in North Carolina (2007).

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF Format)


Fourth Session – 3:15-4:30 p.m.

17. Voices of Recovery

Location: Rooms A, B & C

The closing session will feature individuals with lived experience in both addiction and long-term recovery. Through sharing of their unique personal journeys, we hope to remind attendees of the diversity of individuals impacted by this epidemic, inspire hope, and build awareness of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care. All three panelists entered the workforce to help others recover. They offer great feedback and insights into how the treatment system can be improved.

Facilitator: Georgeina Koontz, MA, LCAS, CCS

Panelists:

  • Cornelia Pringle, MS, LPCA, LCAS, CCS
  • Marty Burton, CPSS
  • Corey Richardson, DHSc(c), MPAS, MBA, LCAS

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