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Session One

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
11:00 am – 12:30 pm


CASBIRT: Seizing the Teachable Moment

Louise Lecklitner, Program Manager, County of San Diego, Behavioral Health Services, Alcohol and Drug Services

Francine Anzalone-Byrd, Program Manager/Program Developer, San Diego State University, Center for Alcohol and Drug Studies and Services

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services were originally implemented in San Diego fifteen years ago. Adults entering primary care are screened for risk levels associated with alcohol or other drug use, including tobacco. Since 2004, more than 278,000 individuals have been screened, with 74% at no or low risk; 18% at risk; and, 8% at high or severe risk. This workshop will discuss SBIRT lessons, technology integration, and the importance of strong partnerships.


Good Medicine, Bad Behavior: Curbing Pharmaceutical Abuse Countywide

Irene Umipig, Health Educator, Community Service Programs, Inc., Project PATH

Della Lisi, Health Educator, County of Orange Health Care Agency, Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Team

Orange County launched a community-based, multi-prong initiative aimed at addressing prescription drug abuse. A multidisciplinary task force was established to review the problem and propose prevention recommendations to address them. Additionally, the task force launched various outreach efforts to increase knowledge/awareness of the problem, including trainings, community briefings, a local media campaign, and establishment of the Partnership for a Drug-Free Orange County. A report outlining this initiative was developed and will be disseminated.


Stakeholder Discussion on Implementation Options for Updated Treatment Standards

Dave Neilsen, Deputy Director, Program Services Division, California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs

The panel will lead a discussion on the revised treatment standards and their implementation in the field. Discussion topics will include: use of standards to ensure program relevance and desirability; assurance of quality care to health care payers; application of updated standards within existing licensing and certification processes; quality improvement and relevant performance measures; and medication-assisted treatment.


Working Effectively with Veterans

Peter Banys, Chief, Substance Abuse Programs, Veterans Affairs Medical Center

John Straznikas, Team Leader, Veterans Affairs Medical Center

This workshop will examine the issues and needs of veterans seeking help from community-based programs. Familiarity with the military culture increases the clinician’s ability to establish a stronger therapeutic alliance. We will discuss key elements of this culture, how it influences participation in treatment, and how to harness it to promote greater treatment engagement. Veterans are often reluctant to seek help and benefit from a low threshold admission process. They are wary of sharing some of the painful aspects of their traumatic experiences, and there are distinctive manifestations of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in those with combat experiences and substance use disorders. We will review specific issues that arise for veterans with PTSD . Participation in group activities may be affected by the presence and absence of other veterans. Presenters will offer specific strategies for addressing these and other issues.


Community Norms and Marijuana Abuse Prevention

Karin Wandrei, Executive Director, Mendocino County Youth Project

Community norms support the widespread use of marijuana in Mendocino County. This has implications for prevention workers. A local law coupled with state legislation has led to widespread commercial growing. An effort at universal prevention involving changing a local law will be described. The implications for selected and indicated prevention efforts and modifications of evidence-based programs will be discussed when they are used in communities with widespread support for the use and growing of marijuana.


Applying Chronic Illness Care to Addiction Treatment Systems

Mark Stanford, Division Director, Addiction Medicine and Therapy, Department of Alcohol and Drug Services, Santa Clara County

Kakoli Banarjee, Research and Data Analysis, Department of Alcohol and Drug Services, Santa Clara County

In addictions treatment, as for other chronic conditions, the effects of treatment are significant but not long lasting after discharge unless some type of continuous care is provided. The Santa Clara County Department of Alcohol and Drug Services conducted a study to determine the feasibility of providing continuous recovery monitoring that would provide post-discharge check-ups for clients who have completed treatment. This presentation describes how a public program implemented its continuous recovery monitoring study and the experiences and successes realized. The presentation will also be instructive on how programs can re-engineer traditional systems of care to better integrate chronic care principles into addictions treatment and care management practices.


Quality Improvement in Alcohol and Other Drug Programs for Integrating Alcohol and Other Drugs, Mental Health and Health Services

Kenneth Minkoff, Senior Systems Consultant, ZiaPartners, Inc.

Christie A. Cline, President, ZiaPartners, Inc.

This workshop illustrates how any alchohol and other drug system, agency, or program can build an ongoing quality improvement process in which staff are “empowered partners in change”, and how that process can be used to improve integrated service delivery for individuals with co-occurring mental health, trauma, health and other complex conditions. The workshop will illustrate handson techniques for assessing co-occurring capability, and designing integrated assessment, treatment planning, group programming, program rules, and staff competencies within existing resources.


Moving Towards a Sustainable Prevention Workforce

Kerrilyn Scott-Nakai, Project Director, Center for Applied Research Solutions

Joel Phillips, Executive Director, Center for Applied Research Solutions

This workshop will provide an overview of recent trends in the development and adoption of prevention core competencies and certification standards. A review of the five knowledge domains put forth by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, Inc., will be included. A discussion regarding alternative approaches to developing core competencies as they relate to the diverse strategies and workforce in California will be discussed. The relationship between core competencies and long-term sustainability of the prevention field will be actively explored with participants. The format of the session will allow for both presentation and active discussion from the audience.


Session Two

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


New Drugs for Old Addictions

Peter Banys, Chief, Substance Abuse Programs, Veterans Affairs Medical Center

This workshop will describe the use of medications in different stages of recovery, including promising medications in the research pipeline. We will discuss key elements that help distinguish between substanceinduced symptoms and indications of another mental disorder to improve identification of co-occurring disorders. Dr. Banys will also describe elements of collaboration between counselors and physicians, and offer strategies to prepare patients on medications for challenges from their peers.


Alcoholic Energy Drinks and Youth Alcohol Problems

James F. Mosher, Director, Alcohol Policy Consultations

Jacqui Irwin, Council Member, Former Mayor, City of Thousand Oaks

Alan Lieberman, Deputy Attorney General, State of California, Office of the Attorney General

This workshop will review research regarding public health and safety risks associated with Alcoholic Energy Drinks (AEDs). It will highlight marketing campaigns that target youth and promote binge drinking, and discuss innovative prevention strategies, including a warning sign ordinance enacted in Thousand Oaks, California; an educational website designed by ADP; and, actions taken by the State Attorney General and the Federal Drug Administration to remove AEDs from the marketplace.


Improving Engagement and Retention in Treatment: A Success Story

Thomas E. Freese, Director of Training, University of California, Los Angeles, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

Beth Rutkowski, Associate Director of Training, University of California, Los Angeles, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

This interactive workshop will highlight key findings from the Adopting Changes in Addiction Treatment, a California Endowment-funded effort to create an infrastructure, through the regional NIATx/ACTION Campaign learning collaboratives, to support participating agencies’ efforts to improve the quality of substance abuse treatment and recovery services they provide to their clients. The presentation will include an overview of the NIAT x model of process improvement, key findings from the year-long learning collaborative project, lessons learned, the financial impact of change, and next steps.


Cultural and Gender Responsive Services for Latinas

Isabel S. Perez-Yanez, Adjunct Professor, College of San Mateo

The focus of this workshop will be on the importance of cultural and gender responsive services for Latinas as an essential part of treatment and recovery services that create favorable outcomes. Cultural and gender sensitivity are vital to working with Latinas. We will focus on diversity among Latinas for both adolescents and adult women; the impact of intentional and unintentional harmful stereotypes; and, levels of trauma and ways programs can become more culturally and gender responsive in order to deliver highquality alcohol and other drug services to Latinas.


Indicated Prevention: Bridging the Gap

William W. Harris, Prevention Services Coordinator, Riverside County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse Program

Jan Ryan, Prevention Consultant, Riverside County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse Program

Riverside County has been successful in bridging the gap between prevention and treatment. The “Individual Prevention Service” program has been implemented at seven substance abuse clinics countywide over the past two years and has provided improved services to those individuals at the clinics.


Clinical Supervision: Administration vs. Clinical

Mary Hubbard, Director, Education and Training, Mental Health Systems, Inc.

Clinical Supervision is a major practice area in alcohol and other drug settings and is essential to providing client care and improving outcomes. Many times, supervisors are unaware of the differences between clinical supervision and administrative supervision. This workshop will provide a brief overview of clinical supervision definitions, principals and models of supervision and the need for this structured supervision to improve counselor skills. In addition, it will explain why clinical supervision is one aspect of a comprehensive approach to workforce development.


Gender Responsive Services for Women and Girls

Kim Bond, President, Mental Health Systems, Inc.

Colleen Marshall, Senior Vice President of Development, Mental Health Systems, Inc.

This workshop introduces the Six Guiding Principles of Gender Responsive Service delivery for women and girls identified by Stephanie Covington, Barbara Owen and Barbara Bloom (2003). Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) has also developed an implementation and evaluation process to help programs, agencies and individuals assess their services to ensure that they are delivering gender responsive services. The MHS implementation process will be described, as well as the steps needed for inclusion in program design and service delivery.


"Betting on Our Future" Youth Problem Gambling Awareness Campaign

Jim Kooler, Administrator, California Friday Night Live Partnership

Michael Campos, Psychologist, University of California, Los Angeles, Gambling Studies Program

Michael Liao, Director of Programs, NICOS Chinese Health Coalition

This interactive panel workshop will focus on the process of creating a youth problem gambling awareness campaign. Panelists will showcase the "Betting on Our Future" media projects and the youth development framework utilized in the creation of the projects. Highlights will include clinical and cultural aspects of problem and pathological gambling, as well as the correlation between gambling and alcohol, tobacco or other drug use among youth, and links between problem gambling and domestic violence within families.


Session Three

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
10:30 am – 12:00 pm


Keynote Speaker Workshop

Michael Flaherty, Executive Director, Institute for Research Education and Training in Addictions

This workshop will allow participants a more personalized “conversation” with one of our highly distinguished keynote presenters. Please arrive early; we anticipate this workshop will reach maximum capacity quickly. Pre-registration does not guarantee a seat in this workshop.


Reducing Problems with Existing Outlets: Deemed Approved Ordinances

James Mosher, Director, Alcohol Policy Consultations

Daniel Hicks, Prevention Manager, Ventura County Behavioral Health Department

This session will identify and describe the key elements of Deemed Approved Ordinances (DAOs), highlighting the importance of developing a fee structure which promotes compliance with safe business practices and funds the implementation and enforcement of LOCAL community standards for existing alcohol sales locations. Examples of how such ordinances can reduce community alcohol problems will be shared, with emphasis on lessons learned and recommended practices for jurisdictions considering local powers to deal with retail locations.


Trauma-Informed Substance Abuse Treatment for Men and Women

Jennifer B. Hughes, Graduate Student Researcher, University of California, Santa Barbara

Amy Lopez, Alcohol and Drug Program Team Supervisor, County of Santa Barbara Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services

Merith Cosden, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

This workshop explores the use of trauma-informed substance abuse treatment for men and women. The relationship between substance abuse and trauma exposure will be discussed, as will gender differences in the experience of trauma and trauma-related symptoms. The impact of an evidence-based practice for traumainformed substance abuse treatment Seeking Safety in an enhanced Drug Court program will be shared, as will implications for other treatment programs.


Video Diaries: Telling Your Story through Media

Danelle Campbell, Program Manager, Butte County Behavioral Health Prevention Unit

Amanda Montgomery, Supervising Behavioral Health Education Specialist, Butte County Behavioral Health Prevention Unit

Jeremy Wilson, Supervising Behavioral Health Education Specialist, Butte County Behavioral Health Prevention Unit

Telling the story of effective prevention programs and practices is critical. Finding innovative ways to tell these stories through the eyes, ears and hearts of the participants served is even more critical. Video Diaries provides this opportunity. They fill in the detail of the stories that are rarely captured in graphs, charts or evaluation reports. Butte County Prevention Unit staff will share examples and provide you with tools to replicate this concept in your community.


Securing Donations for Your Collaborative Justice Court Programs

Dianne Marshall, President, California Collaborative Justice Courts Foundation

Kathleen Burnham, Executive Director, Orange County Community Courts Foundation

This presentation offers three models for identifying and securing of local and private sector resources that the Courts are financially or functionally unable to provide to collaborative justice court program participants. Whether or not to establish a local 501-c-3 for this purpose, fund raising techniques and how to decide which participant requests are eligible for financially will be addressed.


Empowering and Engaging Immigrant Parents in Substance Abuse Prevention

C. Rocco Cheng, Corporate Director, Pacific Clinics

Lydia Ko, Parenting Team Coordinator, Asian Pacific Family Center

This workshop will review a highly successful parenting program in substance abuse prevention. The program has enjoyed great success with the Asian immigrant population. Program participants had very high attendance rates and low attrition rates. Eventually, they played a key role in sustaining the program while funding came to an end. Various outreach, engagement, and retention strategies will be reviewed to illustrate culturally sensitive strategies to ensure program success.


Effective Treatment for Women

Joan E. Zweben, Executive Director, East Bay Community Recovery Project

Luther T. Jessie, Jr., Director, Project Pride, East Bay Community Recovery Project

This workshop will describe clinical issues that are important in women’s treatment, discuss system barriers to having these addressed, and will offer recommendations for future activities to promote improvement in women’s care. This will include an update on women’s treatment within the criminal justice system. The workshop will include both research findings and consensus guidelines, and will provide opportunities for participants to share experiences and resources.


Building and Integrating Problem Gambling Services

Terri Sue Canale, Deputy Director, Office of Problem Gambling

Sheryl Griego, Analyst, Office of Problem Gambling

This workshop will focus on integrating problem gambling prevention, education, treatment, and recovery services into the alcohol and other drug world. Innovative new treatment services will be highlighted along with culturally responsive approaches relating to assisting problem gamblers and their families, and educating communities.


Session Four

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm


Keynote Speaker Workshop

Dennis D. Embry, CEO and President, PAXIS Institute

This workshop will allow participants a more personalized “conversation” with one of our highly distinguished keynote presenters. Please arrive early; we anticipate this workshop will reach maximum capacity quickly. Pre-registration does not guarantee a seat in this workshop.


California Higher Education Collaborations: Addressing Student Alcohol-Related Problems

Belinda Vea, Policy and Program Analyst, University of California, Berkeley, Office of the President, Student Affairs

Ellen Reibling, Director, Health Education Center, University of California, Irvine

Shauna Quinn, Director, Alcohol Programs, California State University, Chico, Department of Health and Community Services

Heather Dunn Carlton, Director, Judicial Affairs, University of the Pacific

Collegiate alcohol-related deaths, and underage and excessive drinking are not isolated to any specific institution. Private and public colleges and universities are faced with the problem of how to address this issue. As such, the University of California and California State University systems and private institutions have partnered to develop and to share best practices for addressing alcohol-related problems, and to develop a common vision specific to student diversity in California’s postsecondary institutions.


Why Does Making Alcoholics Anonymous Easier Work

Meenakshi Subbaraman, Research Associate/Pre- Doctoral Fellow, Alcohol Research Group, University of California, Berkeley

"Making Alcoholics Anonymous Easier" (MAAE Z) is a 12-step facilitation program designed for treatment centers. The MAAE Z trial found higher rates of abstinence among individuals treated in MAAE Z compared to usual care. Doing service, having a sponsor, and having support for sobriety may all explain these higher abstinence rates. Results suggest that despite prior exposure to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA ), individuals may have been ill-equipped to plug into key AA resources and activities, and suggest that these activities should be facilitated.


Meeting Alcohol, Drugs and Disability Head On

Robert E. “Bob” Olson, Project Director, Disability Access Project, California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources

Gary Petillo, Consultant, Disability Access Project, California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources

Brenda Way, Prevention and Recovery Specialist, California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, San Fernando Valley

Shannon Englehart, California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources

Hwa Chang, California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources

This workshop will provide a brief introduction to disability awareness and sensitivity for the addiction professional, highlighting some do’s and don’ts when working with people with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities by talking and interacting with people with disabilities including an individual who is a quadriplegic, an individual who is deaf, an individual who is blind, and a survivor of a traumatic brain injury. The panel members also have a variety of experience with alcohol and drug abuse treatment and recovery both personally and professionally.


Family Centered Therapeutic Community Treatment: The EXODUS Program

Kathryn Icenhower, Executive Director, SHIELDS for Families, Inc.

Da-Londa Groenow, Substance Abuse Administrator, SHIELDS for Families, Inc.

Sara Tienda, Assistant Director, SHIELDS for Families, Inc.

This workshop presents non-traditional models of treatment and housing for substance abusing women and their families including their characteristics and service needs, successes and challenges to provide housing and treatment, and financially viable strategies for successful transitions to community living. The SHIELDS for Families EXOD US Program in Los Angeles, California, is an 86-unit apartment complex where families live in individual apartments with an on-site treatment program, youth program, and child development and vocational services centers.


Utilization of Co-Occuring Disorders Peer Counselors in the Workforce

Joycelyn T. Whiten, Director, Co-Occurring Disorders, Training Programs/Research, Alcohol and Drug Program Administration

Verda Bradley, Consultant, Co-Occurring Disorders, Department of Mental Health

Although significant progress has been made in the crusade to eradicate the stigma of Co-Occuring Disorders (COD), there still remains extensive prejudice against those with the condition. This training project positively impacts both the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) and Mental Health (MH) systems by facilitating the training and employment of COD diagnosed individuals who have achieved sustained stability as peer counselors serving both MH and AOD treatment programs. This workshop will provide our academic curriculum and currently utilized evidenced-based practices.


Sober Living Houses for Offenders: Outcomes and Barriers

Douglas Polcin, Senior Scientist, Alcohol Research Group

Rachael Korcha, Associate Scientist, Alcohol Research Group

Fried Wittman, Research Specialist, Institute for Study of Social Change, University of California, Berkeley

Don Troutman, Owner and Operator, Clean and Sober Transitional Living

Appropriate housing for criminal justice offenders in California is severely lacking. This workshop will describe two different models of sober living houses (SLHs), potential roles they could play in addressing housing problems among offenders, and 18-month outcomes for 300 SLH residents. Outcomes for criminal justice referrals will be compared with outcomes of voluntary residents. Barriers to SLHs will be discussed, including "Not In My Back Yard" (NIMBY), zoning laws, flawed architectural design of properties, and criminal justice policies.


Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Cross-site Evaluation: Collaborating for Success

Christina Borbely, Honorary Vice President, Research and Evaluation, Center for Applied Research Solutions

Kerrilyn Scott-Nakai, Project Director, Center for Applied Research Solutions

Cross-site evaluation studies reveal program impacts across populations and contexts. This workshop provides lessons learned from the Governor’s Program of California’s Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (SDFCS) Statewide Evaluation Project. The community-based services target reduction in youth alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use and violence. Planning and implementing a multi-site outcome evaluation of the initiative involved: securing site-level buy-in; streamlining local and state-level data collection efforts; and, creating consistency/maintaining flexibility. The process and findings are presented.


Session Five

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm


Collaborating Integrated Communities and Veterans

Timothy Karo, Senior Case Manager/Social Worker, Swords to Plowshares

War causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield. Swords to Plowshares’ mission is to heal the wounds; to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need; and, to significantly reduce homelessness and poverty among veterans. This workshop will consist of what to ask, how to build a rapport, how to determine clients needs, how to instill hope, as well as link and collaborate with community partners to meet the needs of those who have served our country with honor and distinction.


When the Mayor Is Your Neighbor: Prevention in Rural Communities

Anne Webber, Family Resource Center Director, El Tejon Unified School District

Dixie King, Lead Evaluator/Owner, Transforming Local Communities

Fried Wittman, Lead Evaluator, International Society of Sustainability Professionals, University of California, Berkeley

In small communities, the Mayor may also be the mail carrier or the Subway shop owner. So how do you pursue policy work in very small towns? Family Resource Centers are often a stable fixture in small towns, so Kern County decided to partner with this existing resource to assess, plan and develop environmental strategies in three small communities. Presenters will describe this initiative and offer recommendations on how to use environmental strategies in very small rural communities.


Patients’ Perspectives on Medication-Assisted Opiate Addiction Treatment

Richard Rawson, Associate Director, University of California, Los Angeles, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

Opioid medications are an effective therapy for addiction, yet misperceptions about their safety and benefits continue to exist within the alcohol and other drug treatment field. This workshop offers a brief introduction to methadone and buprenorphine, followed by questionand- answer sessions with patients who have undergone a methadone maintenance or buprenorphine treatment program. A summary on the need for wider understanding and acceptance of opioid medication as a part of a comprehensive treatment program will conclude the workshop.


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Substance Abuse and HIV Community Readiness Assessment

Lori Jones, LGBT Community Substance Abuse and HIV Community Readiness Assessment, County of San Diego

Kim Herbstritt, Executive Director, Institute for Public Strategies

Dan Uhler, Lead HIV Prevention Health Planner, County of San Diego

A community readiness assessment to address substance use as a risk factor for HIV in the LGBT community was conducted in San Diego County from May to June 2009. The assessment included key informant interviews with LGBT community leaders and a survey of LGBT community members. Methodology, findings, recommendations and lessons learned will be presented for the first assessment of its kind conducted with the San Diego County LGBT community.


Collaborations and Family Focus Strengthen Breakthrough Student Assistance Program (SAP) Impacts

Lisa Garbrecht, Research Associate, EVALCORP Research and Consulting

Dean Lesicko, Coordinator of Student Support, Murrieta Valley Unified School District

Shanelle Boyle, Research Assistant, EVALCORP Research and Consulting

In this climate of diminishing resources, partnerships among schools, community organizations, and government programs are increasingly beneficial. Strengthened by its collaborations, the Breakthrough SAP uses an innovative, family-focused approach featuring Family Conferences and prevention education in order to increase academic outcomes and decrease violent behaviors and alcohol and other drug use among at-risk high school youth. Promising evaluation findings on the impacts of Breakthrough will be discussed, along with lessons learned.


A Free Tool for Assessing Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment Capability

Robin Best, Consultant

Darien Elyse De Lu, Analyst, California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs

This workshop is an overview of the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT) Index with basic and specific information on implementation of alcohol and other drug (AOD) program/county administrators/policy makers and counselors. The DDCAT assesses AOD programs’ capacity to treat co-occurring disorders (COD). The workshop briefly addresses Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT) and Dual Diagnosis Capability in Health Care Settings (DDCHCS) and the results of the California DDCAT Pilot. Improperly treated COD are a serious social concern. DDCAT surveys provide objective strength and weakness evaluations plus specific improvement options.


Pragmatics of Substance Use Disorders Treatment in Offenders

Igor Koutsenok, University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry

The presence of adult substance use disorders within the criminal justice system has become increasingly evident over the past decade. Interventions and treatment services have been designed and research conducted in an effort to establish evidence-based practices that effectively address the complex needs of this population. However, adopting and implementing these evidence-based interventions and practices within the real world setting of criminal justice environments is challenging. This presentation reviews the science and the pragmatics of addiction treatment for offenders with substance use disorders and explores the inherent challenges of fitting these interventions and services within criminal justice settings.


County Alchol and Other Drug and Education: Preserving the Prevention Landscape

Jan Ryan, Prevention Consultant, Riverside County Substance Abuse Prevention Services and Redleaf Resources

Tom Herman, Administrator, Safe and Healthy Kids Program, California Department of Education

This workshop provides a forum to examine how the relationship between public education and county Alcohol and Drug Programs has helped to form and can continue to shape the landscape of alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention. The goals are to unearth the wisdom from the past, draw on the foundation of the present infrastructures, and explore the potential for future collaborations despite diminishing resources. Prevention never works alone which means challenges, change, and collaboration is business as usual even in unusual times.


Session Six

Thursday, October 14, 2010
9:00 am – 10:30 am


Keynote Speaker Workshop

Honorable Rogelio R. Flores, Superior Court Judge, North Santa Barbara County Municipal Court

This workshop will allow participants a more personalized "conversation" with one of our highly distinguished keynote presenters. Please arrive early; we anticipate this workshop will reach maximum capacity quickly. Pre-registration does not guarantee a seat in this workshop.


Considering Social Media for Prevention?

Carlos Morales, Senior Systems Analyst/Chief of Technology Transfer, Minnesota Institute of Public Health

Tracy Johnson, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Central Regional Expert Team Director, Minnesota Institute of Public Health

There is a lot of talk these days about social media – blogs, Really Simple Syndication (RSS ), podcasts, YouTube, Flickr,, social networking, MySpace, Facebook, oh my! You know your organization or program should use social media, but you’re not sure where to start. How can they help you to engage your audience and spread the word about your prevention program or organization? We will take a look at how social media tools and techniques can fit into your online communications mix, how to make them work for you, and some examples of what other organizations are doing.


Buprenorphine Treatment for Young Adults

Thomas E. Freese, Director, Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center

This workshop will examine the prevalence of and treatment admission rates for nonmedical use of opioids among young adults; provide an overview of opioid use among adolescents and young adults; explore the results of new research on using buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction in young adults; and, describe the implications of these findings for the treatment of opioid addiction in young adults.


An Emerging Opportunity: Addressing Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Illness in Older Adults

José Salazar, Director of Program Development, Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc.

Verda Bradley, Consultant, County of Los Angeles, Department of Mental Health

Deborah Levan, Divisional Director, Older Adult Services, Behavioral Health Services, Inc.

A growing number of older adults are suffering adverse events related to the misuse/abuse of alcohol, prescription medications and illicit drugs, and many present with cooccurring mental health disorders. This workshop will explore relevant health and social issues of older adults with prescription medication and alcohol/drug and mental health problems. Presenters will discuss challenges and successful strategies for outreaching, enrolling and providing responsive substance abuse and mental health services for older adults, including evidence-based practices.


Addressing Youth Resistance to Prevention Messages

Rodney Skager, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles

Substantially high levels of alcohol and other drug use is reported by California secondary school students; data shows use reported by 60% of 9th and 72% of 11th graders. This extent of use reflects that most information-based approaches to prevention have apparently been ineffective for the majority of youth due to several interactive factors. Youth-friendly alternatives to both current drug education and institutional responses to violators are proposed.


Promising Models and Practices for Women Offenders

Stacy Calhoun, Project Director, University of California, Los Angeles, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

Kira Jeter, Project Director, University of California, Los Angeles, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

Luz Rodriguez, Project Director, University of California, Los Angeles, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

There has been an influx of women with substance abuse problems into prisons in the past 20 years due to changes in sentencing laws and criminal justice policies that have increased incarceration rates for drug users. This panel highlights findings from three different evaluations of programs designed specifically to meet the treatment needs of female offenders in community and correctional settings.


Costs and Benefits of a Behavioral Health Court

Arley Lindberg, Analyst, California Administrative Office of the Courts, Collaborative Justice Project

Maria McKee, Policy and Program Analyst, San Francisco Collaborative Courts, Superior Court of California

This workshop discusses the findings of a recent cost evaluation of a Behavioral Health Court (BHC). The evaluation compares the annual operating cost of BHC to the savings associated with reduced interactions with the criminal justice system and changes in service utilization. The evaluation also analyzes factors that predict program success. Evaluation findings are discussed as well as policy and practice implications for mental health court programs (e.g., target population, program length, and increased savings).


Evaluating Social Host Ordinance Impact in Ventura County

Kristen Donovan, Principal Consultant, EVALCORP Research and Consulting

Dan Hicks, Manager, ADP Prevention Services, Ventura County Behavioral Health Department

Julie Slay, Data Manager, EVALCORP Research and Consulting

Shanelle Boyle, Research Assistant, EVALCORP Research and Consulting

Social Host Ordinances (SHO) have become a hot topic of interest as an environmental approach to reduce underage drinking parties. An increasing number of cities and counties within and outside of California are working to pass and implement SHOs; however, little is known about the success or impacts of these efforts. To help fill this gap, our presentation will share promising findings, lessons learned, and tools from a recent SHO impact evaluation conducted across Ventura County.


Session Seven

Thursday, October 14, 2010
10:45 am – 12:15 pm


Elevating Prevention in Faith-Based Organizations

Lourdes Gutierrez, Project Coordinator, CSP Inc., Project Faith in Youth

Stephan Lambert, Health Educator, CSP Inc., Project Faith in Youth

Joanne Lambert, Confirmation Director, Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church

This workshop will tell the story of how an Orange Countybased FAITH (Faith and Institutions Together for Health) Coalition and Project Faith in Youth under the wings of Community Service Programs (CS P) have succeeded in infusing alcohol and other drug prevention in the youth development programs of faith communities. A case study will be presented to demonstrate how an innovative mini-grant program has increased protective factors among faith-based youth.


Understanding Collegiate Alcohol and Drug Issues

Heather C. Dunn Carlton, Director, Judicial Affairs, University of the Pacific

Cyndra Krogen-Morton, Health Educator, California State University, Sacramento

Since the start of the Iraq war, three times as many college students have died because of alcohol-related accidental deaths than soldiers fighting in the war. Alcohol continues to be the number one health issue for young adults (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2009). This presentation will cover recent trends in substance abuse among college students, the impact this has on the greater community, and what campuses and communities can do together to reduce substance abuse related problems.


Client Transfers as a Measure of Provider Connectedness

Allison J. Ober, Assistant Researcher, University of California, Los Angeles, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

Richard Rawson, Associate Director, University of California, Los Angeles, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

Patrick Zarate, Division Manager, Alcohol and Other Drug Programs, Ventura County Behavioral Health

Dennis Koch, Deputy Program Administrator, County of Fresno Behavioral Health

CalOMS data suggest that transfer percentages in California are low (e.g., 26% of clients leaving detoxification treatment transferred to another treatment). Low transfer percentages may indicate a lack of connectedness between providers. This workshop will present a method for measuring provider connectedness; present measures of connectedness for providers within California counties; and, facilitate discussion on using transfer percentages as a measure of system performance and strategies for improving connectedness.


Substance Abuse Services with the Homeless: Hope and Innovation

Lydia DeLeon, Program Manager, Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Sandra Dalton, Outpatient Coordinator, Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse

This workshop will address substance abuse treatment with the homeless on Skid Row in Los Angeles where we have successfully provided services for over 20 years. Using client stories and video, the presenters will provide a description of the area, the clients, and the treatment for those who seek help for substance abuse, including those with co-occurring disorders. They will discuss challenges and what they do to make a difference in their clients’ lives.


Implementing an Evidence-Based Program with Latino Families

Martha Varela, Program Director, Southern California Alcohol and Drug Programs, Youth and Family Services

Sara Millan, Clinician, Southern California Alcohol and Drug Programs, Youth and Family Services

Carrie Petrucci, Project Evaluator, EMT Associates, Inc.

This workshop will describe Southern California Alcohol and Drug Program’s "¡Si Se Puede!" program, which seeks to ensure that high-risk Latino youth gain skills to lead healthy, substance-free lives, and positively contribute to their own well-being and the well-being of their families and their communities. Project staff will describe how they adapted the A-CRA /ACC models to Latino family culture, specifically, low-income Mexican-American families living in South Los Angeles.


Alcohol Outlets in Los Angeles County

Qian Guo, Epidemiologist, County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health, Alcohol and Drug Program Administration

Yolanda Cordero, Prevention Coordinator, County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health, Alcohol and Drug Program

Greater alcohol outlet density is found to associate with increased alcohol consumption and related harms. This workshop will present findings from an investigation about the amount, density, and geographic locations of alcohol outlets in Los Angeles County, both in general and at different regional levels such Service Planning Areas, Supervisorial Districts, and Census Tracts. The information is useful for development of evidence-based programs aiming to prevent or reduce overconcentration of alcohol outlets in Los Angeles County.


Recovery Management for Women Using a Case Rate

Bryn King, Consultant, Doctoral Student, Women’s Recovery Association, University of California, Berkeley

Christina Todaro, Program Director, Women’s Recovery Association, University of California, Berkeley

Against the backdrop of shifting perspectives regarding substance abuse policy and California’s statewide Continuum of Services System Reengineering (COSSR ) effort, an exploratory pilot study is being conducted to assess the potential of a capitated case rate combined with a recovery management approach in a communitybased treatment program for women. The struggle of the agency to transform from episodic treatment to a chronic care model and the impact on client engagement and retention will be discussed.


Evidence-Based Sustainability in the Real World: What Works

Christina Borbely, Honorary Vice President of Research and Evaluation, Center for Applied Research Solutions

Angela Da Re, Director of Prevention Programs, National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence

Though sustainability of programs and services is a coveted achievement, its pursuit often inspires dread due to dire circumstances which prompt unfavorable attention. Fortunately, there are evidence-based methods for preserving needed programs and services. Given recent shifts in prevention, treatment and recovery resources, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug professionals are optimally positioned for utilization of proven sustainability approaches. This workshop will explore the theoretical underpinnings of sustainable concepts, identify research-based best practices, and translate these into practical applications.