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Welcome Letter


Michael Cunningham

I invite you to join me at our fifth statewide conference to be held August 21-23, 2012, at the Woodlake Hotel Sacramento. Our theme identifies our focus: “JOURNEY TO INTEGRATION: Opportunities and Challenges.”

In the next few years, health care reform will affect alcohol, drug and problem gambling prevention, treatment and recovery practitioners across the state. With reform in mind, our 2012 Training Conference will focus on ideas for integrating addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services with primary care and mental health services, as well as California’s social service, education, and criminal justice systems.

Our plenary sessions and workshops will inspire and energize with new perspectives and ideas for collaboration and integration. Some will address the needs of specific populations in California:  Native Americans, military veterans, women, and youth.  Others will focus on ways of integrating substance use disorder prevention and treatment into local health clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers; community colleges; and local community programs. Additionally, we will address innovative and evidence-based practices for alcohol and other drug prevention, treatment and recovery support.

Our keynote speakers bring knowledge, experience and valuable messages from many perspectives.  From the federal level, we will hear from David K. Mineta, Deputy Director at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; Jon T. Perez, Regional Administrator, Region IX, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; and Onaje M. Salim, Director, Division of State and Community Assistance, Center for Substance Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  The Honorable Rogelio R. Flores, Superior Court Judge in Santa Barbara County, will be back for a return engagement to educate and inform on integration with the criminal justice system. Susan B. Blacksher, Executive Director, California Association of Addiction and Recovery Services, will bring her considerable experience to bear on the future of the field in her keynote address.

We all face limitations on available resources—fiscal and otherwise—and we need to share our ideas, opportunities, and innovations to further our combined goals for the field.

Join your peers in Sacramento for two-and-a-half days of powerful presentations and compelling speakers.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Michael S.  Cunningham Signature

Michael S. Cunningham
Acting Director
California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs