2015 NCATOD Conference | September 10-11, 2015 | Embassy Suites in Greensboro, NC

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Burnout: Self Care = Good Care
Eric Morse, M.D.
Description: Burnout is a normal part of being in the mental/addiction health field. This lecture on burnout is focused on how if we take better care of ourselves, we will in turn be able to take better care of our patients. We will first review the limited literature on burnout in addiction professionals. Then we will focus on how to deal with and reduce the stress of helping folks who suffer with addiction and hope to recognize the signs and symptoms of burnout. Some common management strategies will be discussed.
Bio: Dr. Eric Morse is a Board Certified Addiction and Sports Psychiatrist. Dr. Morse is the medical director for Johnston Recovery Services in Clayton and Vance Recovery in Henderson, NC and Program Sponsor for Chatham Recovery in Siler City, NC. At Carolina Performance in Raleigh, Dr. Morse is close to his 100-patient limit for buprenorphine maintenance and is a PCSS mentor. He also serves as the Sports Psychiatrist for NC State. After completing his residency in psychiatry at the UNC, he did an addiction psychiatry fellowship at the University of Maryland. Dr. Morse often utilizes a synthesis of treatment modalities in dual diagnosis, including medication management, cognitive-behavioral therapy, 12-Step facilitation, and motivational interviewing.

The Dilemma Of Benzodiazepines n the Opioid Treatment Program
Jana Burson M.D.
Description: This presentation will cover basic information about benzodiazepines including benzo prescribing guidelines from around the world. Participants will also learn about the interactions of benzodiazepines with MAT medications and IRETA recommendations.
Bio: Dr. Burson is board-certified in Internal Medicine and certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. She practiced primary care until switching to Addiction Medicine over ten years ago. She is now the medical director of Mountain Health Solutions opioid treatment program in North Wilkesboro and Stepping Stone OTP in Boone, North Carolina. She also has her own suboxone program in Cornelius, NC.

Ethics for OTP professionals
Kenny House
Description: This presentation will cover five (5) primary principles of Ethics, to ensure that the OTP professional knows how to practice both with co-workers and with patients – in a variety of situations. Interactive dialogue will ensure the engagement of the participant in this session.
Bios: Kenny is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist and Certified Clinical Supervisor with over 30 years of experience in the Substance Use and Mental Health Disorder field. He has been involved in program development that has covered a wide range of services – from Prevention to Outpatient Treatment for both adult and adolescent populations. Kenny is the Vice-President of Clinical Services for Coastal Horizons Center. Kenny is currently the Chairperson of the NC Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, a Board member for Cape Fear HealthNet, Addiction Professionals of NC, and the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence.

Handling Conflict: Real Tools for Resolution
Barbara Armstrong White
Description: Participants will be involved in participatory situations that model and examine traditional methods for conflict resolution (Ignoring, Forcing, Collaboration, Compromise, and Accommodation ). Attendees will be introduced to skill building in principled negotiation, assertive behavior and establishing mutually beneficial agreements that may be used to neutralize or prevent escalation of behavior. Additionally, participants will be provided tips and survival strategies to employ in case “things go wrong”!
Bio: Barbara Armstrong White is the owner of UCAN Educational Services, a business enterprise committed to individual and professional improvement…for REAL. She has over twenty four years of presentation and inspirational training experience at the local, state and national levels. For nineteen years, Barbara facilitated over 22 certification courses for the American Management Association. Barbara incorporates her multi-dimensional experiences and empathically weaves them into each session in a manner that insures the transfer of knowledge happens. Using her past experiences as a program director of an OTP , she delivers information with an insight that is received, understood and expanded by those who work in the field of treatment of opioid dependence. Her familiarity with the dynamics of OTPs comes from her experience with multiple roles from physical plant set-up and start up to dosing nurse to program director to Executive Director of an OTP in a community where resistant attitudes towards opiate treatment as an option flourished. She is an advocate, humorist, tale spinner, wordsmith, trainer, motivator, and teacher.

Naloxone Access for People at Methadone and Buprenorphine Clinics
Robert Childs, MPH
Description: Robert Childs will discuss the importance of naloxone access for people on buprenorphine and methadone, discuss how to set up naloxone programs at methadone and buprenorphine clinics and discuss results from the 29 clinics that have already set up naloxone programs.
Bio: Robert Childs, MPH has been North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition’s (NCHRC) Executive Director since 2009.  Robert was named one of five people who made a difference in HIV in the USA in 2011 by thebody.com and was recognized along with NCHRC for running the best US Grassroots Campaign by the ADAP Advocacy Association in 2013. Robert Childs specializes in HIV & hepatitis prevention, harm reduction, drug policy reform, law enforcement & drug user interactions, law enforcement occupational safety, law enforcement drug overdose response, and community based overdose prevention. He has also been invited to speak at the United Nations, the US Congress, the FDA, New York City Council and the North Carolina, Georgia, New Hampshire, Mississippi and Oregon State Legislatures. Robert Childs’ proudest advocacy achievements are leading the campaigns that led to the passage of SB20, a Republican comprehensive overdose prevention bill and HB850, a Republican partial syringe decriminalization bill.   Childs previously worked in New York City as Positive Health Project’s Program Director, as well as in New Hampshire and Oregon as a social worker, health educator and farmer.

Problem Gambling Prevention and Treatment in North Carolina
Ashley Trantham, MS
Description: Problem gambling is a major issue in mental health and substance abuse treatment. People dealing with substance abuse issues are at a significantly higher risk for developing a gambling problem and problem gamblers often suffer from co-occurring disorders. Now recognized by the DSM-5, problem gambling is gaining recognition in the substance abuse treatment community. The North Carolina Problem Gambling Program was established to provide and support effective problem gambling prevention, education, outreach and treatment programs throughout the state. Learn about ways to identify problem gambling and resources available in North Carolina.
Bio: Ashley Trantham is a member of BDA’s Problem Gambling Services Team and functions as the Prevention Coordinator for the State of North Carolina. Ashley works closely with the State Administrator implementing Problem Gambling Prevention Programs across the state in middle schools, high schools & colleges. Ashley is responsible providing supervision, technical assistance and support for more than 40 prevention sites across North Carolina. Ashley also serves as the program’s community outreach liaison and is responsible for the growth and development of North Carolina’s Problem Gambling Prevention Program.

Project Lazarus; Public Health Community Based Overdose Prevention
Ashley Trantham, MS
Description: The Project Lazarus Model can be conceptualized as a wheel, with three core components in the “Hub,” and seven components that make up the “Spokes.” The three foundational components of the Hub are: 1) Public Awareness, 2) Coalition Action, and 3) Data and Evaluation. Public Awareness is defined by shining the light on the issue and providing accurate information about prescription medication/heroin overdoses. Coalition Action is concerned with coordinating the community’s response to the issue and how it impacts their specific area. Data and Evaluation relates a community’s response to their unique and local issues, and helps to focus on where help is needed most. Each one of the seven components of the Spokes has a menu of different activities. The seven Spokes are: 1) Community Education, 2) Prescriber Education, 3) Hospital ED Policies, 4) Diversion Control, 5) Pain Patient Support, 6) Harm Reduction, and 7) Addiction Treatment.
Bio: Fred Wells Brason II is the President/CEO of Project Lazarus, a community-based opioid poisoning prevention model that also presents responsible pain management and promotes substance use treatment/support services. Project Lazarus serves various parts of the US, including Military and Tribal groups. Brason is a member of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), APHA and NCPHA. He has served on the FDA scientific workshop committees for the role of Naloxone in Opioid Overdose Fatality Prevention and Assessment of Analgesic Treatment of Chronic Pain. Mr. Brason received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader Award 2012.

Provider Success Starts with Legal Compliance – Know Your Rights & Responsibilities!
Barbara Armstrong White
Description: Success as an outpatient methadone provider requires skill in navigating complex regulatory waters – Join Attorney Joy Heath for a fast-paced tour of the Seven Elements of a Legally Effective Compliance Plan; Refresh your knowledge of the Laws and Regulations governing provider operations in our State; Find out how to avoid Penalties and how you can use the legal system to your advantage when a Survey leads to Penalties; Learn how to handle and challenge Audits and Recoupment Requests; Take this Opportunity to “Ask a Lawyer” your Questions on Legal Compliance!
Bio: Joy Heath is a partner at Williams Mullen law firm in downtown Raleigh; for nearly thirty years, Joy’s legal practice has focused exclusively on representing health care providers in business and compliance matters. Joy earned her degree in Public Policy from UNC-Chapel Hill and her law degree with honors from the University of Florida. Joy has practiced in Florida and in Washington, D.C.; she ran her own law firm in North Carolina before joining Williams Mullen where she continues her focus on work with health care providers.

The What, Who, When and How of Treatment Planning
Amanda Cutts, M.A. / Gregory Moon, LPC, LCAS, CCS
Description: A brief overview of key components that make treatment planning individualized, along with tips on writing meaningful problem statements, goal statements, objectives, and interventions.
Bio: Amanda is currently employed as Coordinator with the NC State Opioid Authority………. Greg provides behavioral health and clinical supervision services from the Half Moon Medical Associates office in Cornelius, NC. Both have several years of experience working in OTP settings.