2016 Conference Sessions

2016 NCATOD Conference | September 15-16, 2016 | Doubletree by Hilton Raleigh Brownstone


 
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Serving LGBTQ Populations
Loftin Wilson
Description: People across the LGBTQQIA spectrum have higher than average rates of drug use and higher than average rates of overdose. Does your treatment program include participants and/or staff who identify as LGBTQ? Are you concerned about making your services accessible and inclusive regardless of gender identity or expression? Does your program not serve transgender/gender-nonconforming participants or include transgender/gender-nonconforming staff members? Are you concerned about identifying institutional barriers to participation that may explain this absence? This session will be an interactive discussion for treatment providers and advocates interested in deepening their understanding of the LGBTQQIA spectrum, and learning how to emphasize the concepts of gender self-determination as values in their work.
Bio: Loftin Wilson is a southern, queer, transmasculine harm reductionist originally from a small town in rural central NC, who now lives in Durham, NC. He worked part-time as a Harm Reduction Organizer for the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition for five years, before starting as full-time staff with NCHRC in the fall of 2015. He does overdose prevention, HIV/hepatitis prevention, and syringe access work, with a focus on the transgender community, rural communities, and people who are incarcerated. Loftin is a passionate believer in harm reduction, sex worker and drug user rights, prison abolition, and gender self-determination.

Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age
Ed Johnson, M.Ed., MAC, LPC
Description: Social Networking Sites, Text Messages, Google, Email and the Internet have become ubiquitous in the everyday life of Addiction Professionals and the people they serve. How to incorporate these into Professional Ethics opens up multiple issues with respect to self-disclosure and professional boundaries. In this session participants will gain increased understanding of these various digital media and how to safely navigate them in a Professional and Personal setting.
Bios: Ed Johnson obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from the Citadel. Since March 2010 Ed has worked as a Program Manager for the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC). He has worked in the field of Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery for over twenty-five years in both frontline and supervisory positions and has provided numerous trainings throughout the Southeast on Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery related topics.

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.
Bio: 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 –including the integration of primary care. 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 CapeFear HealthNet, Addiction Professionals of NC, and the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence.

Naloxone, Another Chance at Life
Hyun Namkoong
Description: Hyun Namkoong, MPH, will discuss how the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, a small grassroots agency is able to effectively distribute naloxone throughout the state on a shoestring budget. Hyun will discuss the importance of naloxone and why it is necessary for community members, first responders and drug users to have and carry. Hyun will also teach how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and how to respond to one.
Bio: Hyun Namkoong, MPH, is the harm reduction services and advocacy coordinator for the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition. Hyun oversees the NCHRC’s overdose prevention program and also works on media advocacy projects in addition to a number of other programs for NCHRC.

Understanding the Basic of MAT for Opioid Use Disorder
Ed Johnson, M.Ed., MAC, LPC
Description: What is it about the addictive use of opioids that make them more of a challenge to effectively treat? Why is medication the most effective treatment modality for treating opioid use disorder (OUD)? What are the benefits and drawbacks for the various medications currently used to treat OUD? The answers to these questions are part of the knowledge base that Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) staff needs to have to effectively work with individuals with OUD. This session will explore these and related issues.
Bio: Ed Johnson obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from the Citadel. Since March 2010 Ed has worked as a Program Manager for the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC). He has worked in the field of Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery for over twenty-five years in both frontline and supervisory positions and has provided numerous trainings throughout the Southeast on Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery related topics.

North Carolina Treatment Outcomes & Program Performance (NC-TOPPS): Supporting Positive Outcomes
Jennifer Bowman
Description: Successful behavioral health outcomes instill hope that treatment success is possible and that recovery can be achieved. The goal of NC-TOPPS is to encourage a focus on real life outcomes in planning and evaluating services for each individual and for the system as a whole. Having a better understanding of how NC-TOPPS can benefit individuals with substance use disorder will support a collective focus toward progress and outcomes that have a positive and lasting impact.
Bio:Jennifer Bowman joined the Division of MH/DD/SAS Quality Management Section in February 2013. Jennifer is involved in the coordination, development and implementation of a quality improvement infrastructure within the Division. She provides technical assistance to staff at the State and local level in the use of data to identify areas for improvement, performance improvement design, and results evaluation of improvement efforts. Jennifer completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Long Island University in 1991. In 2011, she completed the Advancing Strong Leadership Program for DD Professionals through the University of Delaware National Leadership Consortium. In 2014, Jennifer received certification as a Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence from the American Society for Quality. Prior to joining DMH/DD/SAS, Jennifer worked with private provider agencies for over 20 years. While working in the provider community Jennifer provided leadership at her agency by promoting the use of outcome data to drive decision making and to support her agency’s quality service delivery.

Bugs and Drugs: Infectious Disease and the Substance Abuser
Beverly Hill
Description: The substance abuser is uniquely more at risk of infectious diseases. Explore why identification of these diseases is critical to SA treatment.This track will take a look at the common infectious diseases among the substance abusing population, why they are more prevalent, their treatment and its benefits and risks.
Bio: Beverly Hill is a registered nurse passionate in the care of persons who suffer from addiction. She has specialized for over twenty five years in the field of treatment of those addicted to opiates as well as public health. Beverly was the co-owner and director of two substance abuse centers in western North Carolina providing direct patient care as well as administrative oversight to over 500 patients. She is known throughout the state to enhance the quality of patient care through providing education to patients and professionals in the field, organizing state wide nursing conferences for nurses ( and other professionals) in the field of addiction. She worked to help develop and also served on the executive committee for the North Carolina Association for the Treatment of Opiate Dependence. When not working, teaching or coordinating professional associations to enhance the care of persons with addiction, you will find Beverly hiking and camping outdoors.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About (Heroin) Addiction: But Were Afraid to Ask
James Cioe
Description: With a lifetime-50+ years-of experience with Addiction/Treatment/Medication Assisted/Recovery/System of Care/Advocacy & Recovery Movement plus Healing-Wellness-Native Wellbriety Jimmy has the perspective that only decades can give. This will begin with a look back-to place our current issues within the historical perspective-on thorough to a State of the (current) Union. Come and have (most) all your questions answered!!

Bio: Jimmy Cioe is a man in long-term recovery from drug addiction, a licensed alcohol/drug counselor for more than two decades, a student of Wellness, Holistic medicine and alternate history and currently the Program Coordinator of Recovery Initiatives at the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse of North Carolina.

Do the Words We Use Continue Stigma or Promote Recovery?
Ed Johnson, M.Ed., MAC, LPC
Description:The general public and healthcare providers inordinately stigmatize substance use disorders (SUD) and the people who have them. This stigmatization is perpetuated and exacerbated by the language and terms used by Addiction Professionals in reference to SUD, which is more appropriate for willful bad behavior than a medical condition. This session will explore commonly used terms and commonly held concepts related to substance use disorders and their treatment while exploring alternate terms and concepts that are more congruent with the constructs of addiction as a chronic medical condition and also shifting the focus from the problem: the medical condition to the solution: recovery.
Bio: Ed Johnson obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from the Citadel. Since March 2010 Ed has worked as a Program Manager for the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC). He has worked in the field of Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery for over twenty-five years in both frontline and supervisory positions and has provided numerous trainings throughout the Southeast on Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery related topics.

Person-Centered Planning
Clint Decker LAPC, NCACII, CCS
Description: A presentation on the Assessment process that will provide a comprehensive understanding of the Biopsychosocial Assessment process. It will describe the purpose of the assessment, assessment styles & skills as well as what to avoid when completing the assessment and interpretive summary. It provides an understanding of the crucial assessment components, how to develop the interpretive summary, and CARF assessment requirements.
Bio: Constance has worked in the field of Substance Abuse, specializing in Medication Assisted Treatment, for over 10 years. She has worked in a variety of positions including Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, and Clinic Director. Constance is currently employed with Acadia Healthcare as a Clinical Services Coordinator supporting the Comprehensive Treatment Centers throughout the North East region. Clint Decker has worked in the field of mental health and substance abuse for the past 18 years as a therapist and in various management capacities. His experience lies in Medication Assisted Treatment and Behavioral Health. He currently lives in Savannah, Georgia and is employed with Acadia Healthcare as a Clinical Services Coordinator serving the central and southern regions.

Diversion Trends & Review of Federal Controlled Substance Laws / Regulations
Jason Ward
Description: Join us as we hear an overview of current trends in prescription drug trafficking from the federal Drug Enforcement Association including an in depth look a case studies. This session will cover an introduction to DEA’s inspection process for facilities and providers who handle controlled substances and a review of federal controlled substance laws and regulations.
Bio: Jason Ward is an Investigator with DEA assigned to the Diversion Unit in Greensboro, NC. The Diversion Unit investigates the trafficking of pharmaceutical controlled substances to the illicit market. Prior to joining DEA, Jason was an Investigator with the N.C. Medical Board and the N.C. Board of Pharmacy. Jason began his career in law enforcement as a Probation Officer with the State of North Carolina. Jason is a graduate of N.C. State University.

Project Lazarus: A Public Health Model for Overdose Prevention and Treatment
Fred Wells Brason II
Description: Lessons learned of The Project Lazarus Model that is conceptualized as a wheel, with three core components in the Hub, and seven components that make up the Spokes. 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 public health model for preventing opioid/heroin overdose that presents responsible pain management and promotes substance use treatment and support services. Project Lazarus serves various parts of the US, including Military and Tribal groups. Brason 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. He is a Steering Committee member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. Mr. Brason received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader Award 2012.

Helping Persons Involved in the Criminal Justice System
Dale Willetts, CCJP
Description: Chances are you are treating a number of clients in the community who are involved in the criminal justice system. You can increase positive outcomes for your clients by understanding justice system expectations. Programs from Pre-Trial Release to Post-Release Supervision seek to protect the public while allowing the person to live in the community. We’ll discuss these programs, their requirements, and how to collaborate with your NC TASC Network Care Manager to improve treatment engagement and retention.
Bio: Dale is Director of the NC TASC Training Institute of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc. His 25-year criminal justice and treatment career includes Probation Parole, Day Reporting Center, Drug Treatment Court, Drug Education School and TASC administration. As Director of the NC TASC Training Institute, he provides training and continuing education to NC TASC, DWI Treatment Facilities, and other NC Criminal Justice System partners.

Improving Patient Safety at Opioid Treatment Programs: The Role of Nurses
Dr. Jana Burson
Description: This presentation explains how nurses can improve the safety at OTPs in various aspects of the treatment we deliver. These aspects include: safety in dosing by avoiding dosing errors and closer observation during induction, detecting and handling patient impairment, and nursing scope of practice. Concepts will be illustrated by case studies.
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 Outpatient Treatment in Boone, NC. She also has her own suboxone program in Cornelius.

Women of Childbearing Age and Opioids
Katie Clark MSPH CSAC
Description: Women of childbearing age have special needs during treatment. This presentation will discuss topics that counselors will need to understand to affectively work with and advocate for this population. We’ll explore the role of stigma in women’s treatment, in courtrooms, and at the hospital.
Bio: Katie Clark is the Lead Consultant at Clark Health Education and Research Solutions, LLC(CHER Solutions) www.chersolutions.com. She completed her undergraduate studies at Goddard College with a focus on methadone use during pregnancy, and audio journalism. During her first semester she developed and launched the website www.methadoneandpregnancy.com. Her studies culminated with an audio documentary about illicit opoid use during pregnancy and the transition into methadone treatment. In 2013 she graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a Master of Science in Public Health from the department of Maternal and Child Health. In 2015 she received her certificate in Survey Methodology from UNC Chapel Hill. As a consultant, Katie has provided services to non-profit organizations, state and local governments, and university research projects.

The Biopsychosocial Assessment & The Interpretive Summary
Constance Ruggieri
Description: This presentation provides a comprehensive understanding of the definition and components of Person-Centered Planning. It provides an understanding of how to assess and identify the strengths and abilities, as well as the unique needs, presenting problems, and preferences, of each individual and demonstrates how to incorporate those issues in the individual’s personal recovery vision and treatment plan.
Bio: Constance has worked in the field of Substance Abuse, specializing in Medication Assisted Treatment, for over 10 years. She has worked in a variety of positions including Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, and Clinic Director. Constance is currently employed with Acadia Healthcare as a Clinical Services Coordinator supporting the Comprehensive Treatment Centers throughout the North East region. Clint Decker has worked in the field of mental health and substance abuse for the past 18 years as a therapist and in various management capacities. His experience lies in Medication Assisted Treatment and Behavioral Health. He currently lives in Savannah, Georgia and is employed with Acadia Healthcare as a Clinical Services Coordinator serving the central and southern regions.