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From the following list of numbered workshops, please indicate your top workshop selection in each session. Workshop selections will assist us in identifying workshops with the largest demand, but will not guarantee a seat at a designated workshop. Your selections must be included on your Attendee Registration form.

Session One

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Research Essentials for Health Care Reform

Patrick Gauthier, Director, AHP Healthcare Solutions

Kathryn Alexandrei, AHP Healthcare Solutions

In a rapidly changing market such as the American healthcare system, many market forces, reforms, new funding streams, and consumer choices are compelling behavioral health providers to engage in an unprecedented display of marketing. Nowhere is this newfound need greater than among providers who’ve made it their mission to serve the uninsured. As the uninsured become eligible and enrolled in health insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion plans, assets like brand, image, message and reputation become critical to business viability and sustainability. This session focuses on cultivating a deep, data-driven understanding of the market – as it is and as it will be – by virtue of learning to conduct your own market research. We will review and discuss the essentials of market research: Identifying markets; market segmentation; identifying market data sources; gathering meaningful market data; and making strategic decisions based on what the data reveals.


Integrating Traditional Healing for Native Americans with Addictions

Daniel L. Dickerson, Assistant Research Psychiatrist, UCLA, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP)

Carrie L. Johnson, Director, Seven Generations, United American Indian Involvement, Inc.

American Indian/Alaska Natives (AIs/ANs) experience high rates of substance abuse. In 2008, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), in partnership with the AI/AN community, embarked on a project known as the Learning Collaborative. This presentation provides details on how a substance abuse treatment program integrating mental health, physical health, and traditional healing was developed. Also, a discussion on how this approach can be replicated within diverse communities will be provided.


Substance Abuse Costs and Prevention Savings in California

Ted R. Miller, Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation

This workshop reviews an example county report. We address: How were the estimates developed? How can you access them? How can you use and present them effectively? Finally we review cost and return on investment in effective school-based, community-based, and environmental prevention programs in California.


Integration of Substance Use Disorder Services in Federally Qualified Health Centers

Darren Urada, Principal Investigator, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

Cheryl Teruya, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

This presentation will review results of surveys and interviews conducted with primary care staff and the current state of their integration of substance use disorder services into federally qualified health centers. Information will be included on screening, brief interventions, treatment, staffing, staff perceptions, barriers, and facilitators of integration.


Coercion or Motivation - What Works with Substance Involved Offenders

Igor Koutsenok, Professor of Psychiatry, UCSD, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Criminality and Addiction

A central mission of criminal justice and correctional (CJC) systems is to protect society, and a principal means to do so is through offender behavior change. This is particularly important for substance involved offenders, because the vast majority of them will come back to their communities. What methods are most effective in actually changing behavior that would lead to re-offending? This workshop will explore two broad models for how to use the power that is vested in CJC systems: a coercive approach and a collaborative approach. The former involves a power struggle that may suppress undesired behavior for as long as external coercive controls are in place, with a predictable rebound thereafter. The latter collaborative approach seeks to evoke intrinsic motivation for change, working from a motivational model of what actually changes behavior. Both models are self-fulfilling prophecies and self-perpetuating systems. Power and collaboration can be combined in practice, through a flexible use of directing, guiding, and following styles of communication. We will reflect on why motivational interviewing may be spreading so rapidly in CJC systems worldwide, and how it works within a collaborative approach to corrections.


The Warriors Peril, Developing Resilience in Returning Veterans through Culturally Competent Service Delivery

Richard Ayala, President / Founder, Bound To Change, Inc.

As part of the Community Alliance for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) training series, this training provides a critical perspective for working with veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma and their families. Learn about Trauma Informed Care and how cultural and socio-economic factors, mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness contribute to and exacerbate existing levels of trauma. Best-practice and culturally responsive approaches are emphasized, along with effective strategies for working with the veteran’s parental/family support systems.


FNL Roadmap: A Strategic Guide for Change

Lynne Goodwin, Program Director, California Friday Night Live Partnership

Brenda Armstrong, Program Supervisor, Santa Cruz County Friday Night Live

This workshop will showcase a community prevention tool that guides youth and adults through a comprehensive prevention implementation method aligned with the CSAP Strategic Prevention Framework Process. The method engages cross populations and skill levels in a process of assessment, capacity building, implementation and evaluation.


Problem Gambling in the AANHPI Communities

Myron Dean Quon, Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse

Hiroko Murakami, Program Associate, National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse

This workshop will introduce conference participants to the basics of problem gambling, prevalence rates in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities, factors that put certain groups at risk such as cultural acceptance, current prevention and treatment services available in California, barriers that the AANHPI individuals encounter when seeking those services, challenges that social service providers often face in providing services, and discussions on how to effectively work with the AANHPI communities.

Session Two

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Preventing Substance Exposed Pregnancies: A Healthcare Reform Mandate

Miranda March, Research Associate, Center for Applied Research Solutions

Terese Voge, Research and Publications Manager, Center for Applied Research Solutions

As part of the Community Alliance for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) training series, this session highlights ways to translate prevention opportunities under Health Care Reform into practical strategies for community wellness. We will pay particular attention to the importance of employing culturally competent approaches to the selection and implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) practices. A case study of a substance exposed pregnancy screening program will be used to explore the challenges of culturally competent SBIRT execution.


Veterans Treatment Courts: Partnering to Provide Specialized Services

Jessica L. Larsen, University of California, Santa Barbara

Merith Cosden, Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

Justin R. Gauthier, University of California, Santa Barbara

Amy Lopez, Drug Court Coordinator/CalWORKs RST Supervisor, County of Santa Barbara ADMHS

Veterans Treatment Courts (VTC’s) are appearing throughout the U.S. in response to veterans’ increased presence in the justice system. The workshop will address the culturally specific psychosocial needs of veterans in the justice system and provide attendees with current research and practical knowledge about how to expand services for this group. The Santa Maria VTC will be presented as an example for building partnerships and collaborations in the community to better serve veterans.


When and How to Use Medication-Assisted Treatments

Elinore McCance-Katz, State Medical Director, California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs

This workshop will address issues related to early recognition of hazardous substance use, diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders with a focus on Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), how SBIRT can be adapted to use in AOD programs, and the evidence base for medication-assisted treatments. FDA-approved medication treatments for tobacco dependence, alcohol dependence, and opioid dependence will be reviewed and expanded in an interactive discussion of clinical cases.


LGBT Health Disparities: Care Integration and Coordination Implications

Michele J. Eliason, Associate Professor, Department of Health Education, San Francisco State University

Gilberto R. Gerald, President, Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. /LGBT-TRISTAR

As part of the Community Alliance for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) training series, this training will provide an overview of health needs and disparities in Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) population groups and the implications for integrating LGBT responsive alcohol and other drug treatment into healthcare services as envisioned under health care reform. Participants will increase their knowledge and obtain resource information to assist them in developing programmatic changes and client-centered approaches for serving LGBT individuals.


Making Prevention Work on a Budget: An Integrated Approach for Healthcare Reform

Gary Najarian, Prevention Hub Coordinator, County of Marin

This presentation will include an overview of the purpose of the Marin County Prevention Hub, how it was developed, and how it is organized, funded, and staffed. A description of factors that have contributed to the Hub's success, including blended funding approaches, sustained leadership commitment, and leveraging of new and existing community partnerships, will be discussed. Key initiatives led by the Hub will be presented that demonstrate the benefits of blending prevention topics and strategies. Recommendations for similar localities to develop and sustain this model will be described.


Using SAPT HIV Set-Aside Funds for Integrated Services

Rachel McLean, Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator, California Department of Public Health

Louise Lecklitner, Alcohol and Drug Program Specialist, Health and Human Services Agency, County of San Diego

Emalie Huriaux, Strategic Integration Coordinator, HIV Prevention Section, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Garrett Stenson, Program Director, C.O.R.E. Medical Clinic, Inc.

In 2012, the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs issued guidance that funded programs may now use Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG) HIV set-aside dollars for hepatitis C testing and outreach to out of treatment injection drug users (IDUs). Several jurisdictions are using these dollars to meet the integrated health needs of special populations (e.g., IDUs) in a shifting healthcare delivery and financing environment. This workshop will share their successes and challenges.


Substance Abuse in an Integrated Care Setting

Clayton Chau, Director for the Center of Excellence, Orange County Health Care Agency

Ellen Ahn, Executive Director, K.C. Services

Nancy Cook, Program Director, Integrated Care Services, K.C. Services

Tricia Nguyen, Executive Director, Asian Health Center

The Orange County Integrated Community Services Program represents an innovative approach to providing services to those with addiction and could serve as a future model for healthcare reform. Funded through the Mental Health Service Act, the program is a unique public/private partnership between a community clinic, substance abuse provider and mental health provider. The integrated health care model used in the ICS program aims to address the unmet needs of patients by providing a coordinated team of substance abuse, mental and physical health professionals under one roof.


Betting On Our Future

Jim Kooler, Administrator, California Friday Night Live Partnership

Thuy-Anh Le, Community Outreach Liaison, Asian Americans for Community Involvement

This workshop will focus on the process of creating a youth-led problem gambling awareness campaign. Panelists will present projects from the “Betting on Our Future” media program, and will provide highlights on the youth development framework utilized in the creation of educational videos, live performances, and public service announcements. Presenters will also share information on the cultural and social aspects of problem and pathological gambling that affect young people, specifically in Asian American communities.

Session Three

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Butte County Committed Model

Danelle Campbell, Program Manager, Butte County Department of Behavioral Health

Amanda Montgomery, Supervising Behavioral Health Education Specialist, Butte County Department of Behavioral Health

Jeremy Wilson, Supervising Behavioral Health Education Specialist, Butte County Department of Behavioral Health

A program that blends youth development principals with innovative youth-led environmental prevention strategies. Committed is a youth led action group that meets weekly on high school and junior high school campuses or on community based sites. Committed builds leadership skills, broadens young people’s social network, and implements youth led projects to improve school climate and reduce youth access to alcohol.


Rural Roads to Integration

Tara Shepherd, Deputy Director, Modoc County Behavioral Health

Tom Waggoner, Health Services Program Manager, Glenn County Department of Health Services

This workshop will explore successes and challenges on the road to health care integration in small, rural counties. Panelists will address behavioral health integration, as well as integration efforts with primary care.


Peer Based Recovery Support – Navigating the Waters or Entering the Neutral Zone

Susan Blacksher, Executive Director, California Association of Addiction and Recovery Resources

Lisa Gish, Training Coordinator, California Association of Addiction and Recovery Resources

In the ever-changing field of Substance Use Disorder treatment and recovery services it has become apparent that new methodologies and techniques are surfacing to produce better outcomes for long term success for those who seek help. Statistics have shown repeatedly that once an individual finishes treatment, if he/she does not have direction, success is considerably diminished. With the proper support, available throughout the treatment process and beyond, an individual’s chances of success increases considerably.


Meeting the Challenge: Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

Tamu Nolfo, Project Manager, Community Alliance for CLAS, ONTRACK Program Resources

Miranda March, Research Associate, Center for Applied Research Solutions

Gilberto R. Gerald, President, Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc./LGBT TRI-STAR

Michael Liao, Director of Programs, NICOS Chinese Health Coalition

As part of the Community Alliance for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) training series, this training will provide an overview of the concepts and principles of cultural and linguistic competence, and enable participants to meaningfully incorporate these critical components into their work. Participants will learn how to assess their services and align their work with the 14 National CLAS Standards developed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health.


How to Facilitate Community Prevention

Robert Saltz, Senior Scientist, Prevention Research Center, Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation

Community-level prevention efforts too often stumble out of the starting blocks by becoming lost in assessment activities and building infrastructure that may not be helpful later on. At the same time, coalition members may be unsure of how to select among a menu of potential prevention interventions. In this session, the presenter will lay out a few tools being developed for the SAMHSA-sponsored Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) by the Prevention Research Center (PIRE) that are aimed at facilitating community-level prevention interventions. These tools include the use of non-standard logic models to drive intervention designs as well as to clarify the boundaries between research evidence and local knowledge and expertise. After describing the process and the tools, the session will ask for feedback from participants with the aim of identifying strengths and weaknesses in the approach, and what other components may be necessary. Although the examples will be drawn from alcohol problem prevention, the overall approach should be of interest to anyone committed to implementing evidence-based prevention interventions.


Evaluation & Healthcare Reform: Connecting Outcomes to Community Health

Erika Green, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, People Reaching Out

Ashley Nittle, Evaluation Manager, People Reaching Out

With decreases in funding, changes in statewide organizations, and potential opportunities in healthcare reform, systematic evaluation plans and effective results are critical for prevention. As organizations discuss their role in Healthcare reform, it is imperative that they evaluate how their programs improve the health of populations and reduce the per capita cost of healthcare. This workshop will provide participants with information to create an organizational evaluation plan that ties ATOD outcomes to community health factors.


AIIM Higher for Probation-Involved Youth with Serious Mental Illness

Emily Bliss Gerber, Program Director, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Child, Youth, & Family System of Care

Robert Marzio, Program Evaluator, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Child, Youth, & Family System of Care

A majority of system-involved youth have co-occurring behavioral health disorders. Calls have increased to identify youth, divert them to treatment and prevent deeper criminal involvement; however efforts in real world settings are largely uncharted territory. Assess, Identify Needs, Integrate Information, and Match to Services (AIIM) Higher is an innovative program that puts this practice into action. The principles behind the model and experiences with 300 youth are described. Findings show that when critical decisions are data-informed and collaborative, youth engage in appropriate services.


Native American Culture and Recovery

J. Carlos Rivera, CADC Access to Residential Treatment, Sacramento Native American Health Center Inc.

Albert G. Titman Sr., CADC II Behavioral Health Program Manager, Sacramento Native American Health Center Inc.

We are uniquely aware of the relationship that community and culture have with emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, and social/cognitive functioning. Our Traditional Healing modality provides culturally sensitive interventions to Native Americans and its underserved population. The cultural interventions provide a safe place that acknowledges Native American cultural ways for people to maintain wellness. These Circles of Healing create a sense of trust that encourages healing and healthy relationships that allow our people the opportunity to share experiences, and develop healthy thoughts and feelings, while learning traditional Native American principals needed for recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction.

Session Four

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


Tailoring a Reward and Reminder Program in Tribal Communities

Jennifer Roberts, Preventing Underage Drinking Coordinator, Indian Health Council

Roland Moore, Senior Scientist, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation

The Reward and Reminder Program was tailored from a successful Oregon model in a Southern California tribal region. It is an environmental prevention strategy aimed at reducing alcohol availability in and near the tribal communities. In Reward and Reminder programs, youth attempt to purchase alcohol then reinforce clerks who do not sell and provide a reminder of the law to clerks who do sell.


Early Intervention and Effective Collaboration with Veterans in Custody

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

Ida Mc Cray, Cover Project Coordinator, San Francisco Sheriff's Department

Participants will learn about the military and correctional culture, identify existing conditions and issues resulting from military service, assess needs prior to release into the community on Parole or Probation, learn how to collaborate and link participants to project stakeholders and other community resources and organizations in order for the veterans to recover and thrive.


Building a Treatment Team That Works

Maria Martino, Deputy Public Defender, Santa Barbara County Public Defender

Marina Santisteban, Deputy District Attorney, District Attorney's Office Santa Barbara County

The Honorable Rogelio Flores, Superior Court Judge, Santa Barbara County Superior Court

Amy Lopez, Drug Court Coordinator, Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services

True collaboration continually proves to be one of the greatest challenges for stakeholders in the problem-solving courts. Public Defenders and District Attorneys can lay down their gloves and practice criminal law in a therapeutic key--augmenting traditional practice with a more holistic approach that balances acceptance of responsibility with rehabilitation and mitigation of punishment. Collaboration, team building and the "theater" of the Therapeutic Justice Environment increases successful outcomes for defendants and reduces recidivism.


Integrating AOD, Mental Health, and Primary Care: A Toolkit for Programs

Kenneth Minkoff, Senior System Consultant, ZiaPartners, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard

Christie A. Cline, President, ZiaPartners

This workshop provides information for agency managers, program directors, and front line staff on the Center for Integrated Health Solutions/ZiaPartners/MTM Associates national Program Toolkit for Primary Health/Behavioral Health integration. The workshop will demonstrate organizational and clinical practices to achieve success, and will illustrate how providers can use the tools in the toolkit to make progress.


Integration in the Field: County Initiatives

Richard A. Rawson, Associate Director, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

Karen S. Kane, Substance Abuse Services Program Administrator, County of Riverside Department of Mental Health

Manuel Jimenez, Director, Merced County Mental Health Department

Loretta L. Denering, Project Director, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

This workshop will begin with an overview of models of integration followed by a showcase of innovative programs of integrated care occurring in Riverside, Merced and Los Angeles, CA. Each presenter will provide background information on the project and lessons learned which will allow for conference attendees to translate findings into practice. Karen Kane will describe three programs within Riverside County. Manuel Jimenez will describe integration pilot programs in Merced County. Loretta Denering will discuss the Telepsychiatry project at the Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) in Acton, CA.


iPrevention: An Individual Approach With Measurable Outcomes

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

Shanelle Boyle, Research Associate, EvalCorp Research and Consulting

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

The Brief Risk Reduction Interview and Intervention Model (BRRIIM) is the basis of the Individual Prevention Services (IPS) program developed in Riverside County. BRRIIM brings a customized "iPrevention" individualized approach to those experiencing problems with alcohol, other drugs and related risk factors. The evaluation completed this year included a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods. The evaluation process and findings will be shared and discussed.


Coaching for Recovery

John de Miranda, President and Chief Executive Officer, Stepping Stone of San Diego

Recovery Coaching has emerged as a promising strategy to improve treatment outcomes as well as the long term prospects of those entering recovery from multiple pathways. Some states already include recovery coaching as a certificated methodology and revisions to the Substance Abuse Block Grant under the Affordable Care Act will likely provide reimbursement for coaching services. At least one insurer link clients in early recovery to a recovery coach to increase the likelihood of sustained recovery. This workshop will provide an overview of the development recovery coaching methods. Several curricula will be reviewed as well of examples of how coaching differs from 12-step sponsorship as well as from professional addiction counseling.


Sexual Minority Youth: a Framework for Integrated Services

Kenneth E. Einhaus, Project Coordinator, LGBT-TRISTAR

As part of the Community Alliance for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) training series, this training will provide an overview of health needs and disparities in LGBTQ / Sexual Minority Youth populations, present resources for assessing risk and protective factors, and promote best practice guidelines. Participants will increase their knowledge of culturally responsive approaches for increasing access to integrated services capable of reducing health disparities and increasing equitable outcomes for this vulnerable population.

Session Five

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.


Teachings of the Medicine Wheel: Methodologies for AOD Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, and Recovery

Cibonay Cordova, Community Services Director, Sacramento Native American Health Center

Tony Cervantes, Prevention Coordinator, Shingle Springs Tribal TANF Program

This presentation covers inter-related topics, including the Medicine Wheel as an AOD service delivery tool. We will be addressing specific questions regarding AOD service delivery in prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support along with Native American culturally specific issues. Questions about historical trauma and the impacts of AOD use, along with management issues will also be dealt with as both trainers have extensive experience in program delivery and management, both at Indian agencies and within State and local governments. Both also have extensive experience in providing consultation to local, state, and federal agencies via sitting on committees of various governmental agencies. Finally, in order to seamlessly tie these issues into specific social service delivery using the Medicine Wheel requires the specific knowledge about historical trauma and its resultant issues in today’s families and Indian people and the services that are effective in resolving these same issues within a culturally specific service delivery model. This can be daunting to providers who are not at all familiar with Indian issues. The cross cultural application of this approach will especially be highlighted.


IMPACT Mentoring - A Peer Mentor Model Demonstrating Outcomes

Danelle Campbell, Program Manager, Butte County Department of Behavioral Health

Amanda Montgomery, Supervising Behavioral Health Education Specialist, Butte County Department of Behavioral Health

Jeremy Wilson, Supervising Behavioral Health Education Specialist, Butte County Department of Behavioral Health

Butte County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) Prevention Unit developed Impact Mentoring, an innovative program that utilizes a cross-age (high school-to-middle school student) mentoring approach. Impact Mentoring infuses youth development and ATOD prevention practices to: 1) reduce individual risk factors, 2) increase individual protective factors, and 3) ultimately reduce youth ATOD use, violence and academic failure. Impact Mentoring provides young people with ongoing mutually beneficial, caring relationships, which strengthen a young person’s resiliency to challenges in life.


The New Face of Prevention: Integration, Coordination and Opportunities in Times of Change

Kerrilyn Scott-Nakai, Associate Executive Director, Center for Applied Research Solutions

Terese Voge, Research and Publications Coordinator, Center for Applied Research Solutions

Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) will present on current efforts to sustain and expand the substance abuse prevention field. This interactive workshop considers the complexity of wellness and how that shapes the evolution of AOD prevention. Through the Community Prevention Initiative, CARS addresses progress and sustainability in three primary ways: (1) building workforce capacity, 2) elevating alcohol and drug issues within the existing framework of wellness and health, and 3) capturing opportunities that Health Reform offers.


Enhancing Service Integration and Program Capability to Treat Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders

Sherry Larkins, Director, Co-Occurring Training and Evaluation Programs, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, University of California, Los Angeles

Howard Padwa, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, University of California, Los Angeles

Tom Freese, Director, Training, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, University of California, Los Angeles

Mental illness and substance abuse frequently co-occur. Clients suffering from dual disorders often need specialized and integrated treatment services which yield better outcomes than parallel or sequential treatment. Providers need an objective tool to evaluate their program treatment capabilities, and identify barriers to service integration. Using an evidence-based tool, we evaluated a sample of AOD and MH sites. This presentation will review the findings and discuss promising practices for improving program integration.


Medication-Assisted Treatment Implementation for SUD Treatment Programs

Desiree A. Crevecoeur-MacPhail, Research Psychologist, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, University of California, Los Angeles

James H. Barger, Medical Director/Science Officer, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Substance Abuse Prevention and Control

This workshop will present a brief overview of the medications available to help treat substance use disorders (SUD), focusing on Vivitrol. The workshop will describe the implementation process for medication-assisted treatment as part of an integrated approach to treat SUD. It will cover the steps required for programs that have medical personnel and those that do not. The workshop will conclude with data from the Los Angeles County evaluation of the implementation of Vivitrol.


Increasing Accessibility: Developing a Safe Party Mobile Website

Qiao Ming (Mandy) Li, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Risk Reduction Coordinator, UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services

Adam Napolitan, Communications Coordinator and Systems Administrator, UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services

This workshop will examine the process of how to identify the individual, time and fiscal resources to successfully create and roll out a responsive, low cost and low maintenance Safe Party website that anchors a campus and community based alcohol risk reduction initiative. A goal of the project was to increase student usability and accessibility to Safe Party information by developing safeparty.ucdavis.edu, a website that has unique mobile, tablet and desktop formats.


CARE: Promoting a Recovery-Oriented System of Care

Claire Sallee, CARE Outreach and Training Coordinator, Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs

This workshop will present the recovery-oriented model of care in the California Access to Recovery (CARE) program for adolescents, California’s implementation of Access to Recovery grant. Attendees will learn how CARE is different from the traditional county-based treatment system in California and how this has benefited service recipients and communities. Presenters will showcase promising practices in CARE, including telephone-based continuing care and peer recovery coaching for adolescents.


Integrating Substance Abuse Services into Your Health Clinic

Vicki Smith, Clinical Coordinator, Recovery Program, Glide Health Services

Esker-D Ligon, Manager, Behavioral Health Glide Health Services

This workshop will prepare health care providers to integrate substance abuse treatment programming into their health care agencies. Participants will learn about our unique model and philosophy, our program components and processes, and how we addressed staff training and promoted collaborative efforts. The nuts and bolts of how our agency created truly integrated services, health outcome measures in our clients, and issues related to organizational change will be presented.

Session Six

Thursday, August 23, 2012

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


Saving Lives: Opioid Overdose Prevention Initiatives in the US

Eliza Wheeler, Drug Overdose Prevention and Education Project Manager, Harm Reduction Coalition

Alice Gleghorn, Community Programs Privacy Officer and County Alcohol and Drug Administrator, San Francisco Department of Public Health Community Behavioral Health Services

As of 2008, drug overdoses have surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. This workshop will provide an overview of overdose prevention and naloxone distribution initiatives in the US, with an emphasis on the following topics; integration of overdose education into primary care, expansion of overdose prevention programs to prescription drug users, and ways these interventions can be included in substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment efforts.


Engaging Veterans across the Lifespan Struggling with Addictions

Samuel Wan, Staff Psychologist, San Francisco VA Medical Center

Kellie Rollins, Staff Psychologist, San Francisco VA Medical Center

This workshop will enhance provider’s skills in engaging veterans in mental health care. The presenters will describe military culture and its importance in treating veterans; discuss the specific challenges military members, veterans, and their families endure throughout the deployment cycle; and identify effective treatment practices that address the unique challenges of engaging younger veterans.


Virtual Reality and Telemedicine Approaches to Treatment and Recovery

Ivana Steigman, Chief Medical Officer, Thrive Research, Inc.

David Molina, Drug Counselor, Janus of Santa Cruz

Diana Linn, Vice President of Clinical Sales, Thrive Research, Inc.

The workshop will begin with an overview of the development and features of immersive technologies, virtual reality, and chronic care behavioral management platforms. Next, the presenters will discuss how these technologies are applied clinically and how they supplement addiction and recovery therapy. After that, the Avatar Based Recovery Program, an online and VR-integrated substance abuse treatment platform, will be introduced and demonstrated.


Integrating AOD Prevention with Community Prevention Efforts

Jeremy Cantor, Program Manager, Prevention Institute

Ben Simons, Program Coordinator, Prevention Institute

Substantial opportunity exists in better integrating alcohol and other drug use prevention with community prevention efforts, such as improving access to healthy food and spaces for physical activities, reducing violence, and preventing tobacco use, to create comprehensive strategies to improve community health and well-being. This workshop will present a framework for understanding how AOD prevention professionals can collaborate with prevention professionals in other fields in order to develop comprehensive community prevention strategies.


Accessible Culturally and Gender Responsive Services for Latinas

Isabel S. Perez-Yanez, Consultant Trainer, OnTrack Program Resources

This workshop will focus on the ongoing importance of cultural responsive treatment and recovery services for Latinas during health care reform changes. Discussion will focus on the cultural context of Latinas; diversity of Latina experiences; impact of historical discrimination and oppression on attitudes, public policy, laws, service delivery and health; accessible ways to develop, reevaluate existing services, maintain, and create program services to become more culturally and gender responsive for Latina clients in treatment and recovery.


Bringing High Risk Alcohol Prevention to the Community Colleges

Sylvia Worden, Associate Dean, Student Health Services, Orange Coast College

Kellyann Greene, Health Educator, Orange Coast College

Recent studies have shown that various interventions can reduce high risk drinking among college students in California, but little work has been done with community college populations. This project commenced in late 2011 at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA. We will share our progress to date, including results of surveys and prevention activities. Given the ongoing financial crisis in the community college system, only the least costly interventions will offer a realistic and sustainable approach.


The CPGTSP: Development, Implementation, and Current Status

Timothy W. Fong, Co-Director, UCLA Gambling Studies Program

Terri-Sue Canale, Deputy Director, California Office of Problem Gambling

This presentation provides an overview of the planning, development, and implementation of the California Problem Gambling Treatment Services Program (CPGTSP). We discuss the components of the CPGTSP: telephone-based brief interventions, an outpatient treatment network, intensive outpatient and residential treatment services, and the clinical innovations program. Demographic information on program participants is presented, as are preliminary outcomes for work in the clinical innovations program. We conclude with a discussion of future CPGTSP activities.


Healthy Retailers, Healthy Communities: Opportunities for Integration

Andrea Valdez, Program Consultant, California Tobacco Control Program, California Department of Public Health

Speaker TBD, Network for a Healthy California, California Department of Public Health

Speaker TBD, California Project LEAN, California Department of Public Health

Speaker TBD, Safe and Active Communities Branch, California Department of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health, California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) recently launched a statewide multi-year campaign to improve the health of Californians through changes to the retail environment. To promote integrated tobacco, unhealthy foods and alcohol interventions at the local level, CTCP is collaborating with The Network for a Healthy California, Safe and Active Communities Branch, and Project Lean. This session will highlight these partnerships, address opportunities for local applications, and discuss upcoming training opportunities.

Session Seven

Thursday, August 23, 2012

11:10 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.


Integrating Vocational Rehabilitation and Substance Abuse Treatment

H. L. Brostrand, Mental Health Vocational Counselor II, Contra Costa County Mental Health

Delongion Hilton, Employment Resource Specialist, Contra Costa County Mental Health

The majority of individuals in substance abuse treatment are unemployed. Having a job is a marker of success in society; unemployment is often a precursor for recovery failure. Treatment should provide as many tools as possible to maintain sobriety. Employment needs to be viewed as a key element in the recovery process. This presentation will offer suggestions and referral options for vocational intervention for individuals with substance use disabilities.


Suicide Prevention Programing for Native Americans

Deborah Kawkeka, Social Wellness Coordinator, CRIHB

This workshop will present the results of the "Life is Sacred Program" Needs Assessment of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) community members in Sacramento County to identify level of awareness, training needs, and strategies to create positive changes. The program approach is based on the California State Strategic Plan on Suicide Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Preventing Suicide by AI/AN Youth & Young Adults.


The Hidden Addiction: Integrating Problem Gambling in SUD Treatment

Peggy Thomas, Program Services Manager, ONTRACK Program Resources, Inc.

This workshop will provide an overview of the prevalence of gambling in California, and specifically address the risks of problem and pathological gambling as they relate to persons in SUD treatment and recovery. Counselors, clinicians and other providers working with this population will obtain information and strategies for addressing gambling in the context of relapse prevention, and recovery maintenance support.


Collaborating for Success in Adolescent School-Based Prevention

Georgette Cobbs, Program Director, New Bridge Foundation, Inc.

Francisco Martinez, Project SUCCESS Counselor, New Bridge Foundation, Inc.

Project SUCCESS (Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students) is a prevention-based model designed by Ellen Morehouse of Westchester, New York. Project SUCCESS addresses the bio-psycho-socio process of adolescent development through activities and other didactic exercises. The material allows for adaptation and is culturally relevant for the population. The information is disseminated in groups teaching the participants how to build relationships, address adolescent issues, learn coping mechanisms and acquire social skills. It offers individual assessments and placement into topic-driven groups based on the participants needs after the basic education module. There are also parent participation activities ingrained within the model including a parent support group, parent workshops designed to educate parents about adolescents and the establishment of an advisory council composed of teachers, parents and students. The model calls for the counselor to participate in school activities, health fairs and other related events as part of the relationship building process.


Practices to Prevent Youth Prescription Drug Abuse

Jennifer Drader, Program Supervisor, Community Service Programs, Inc. - Project PATH

Lisa Garbrecht, Research Associate, EVALCORP Research & Consulting

Ronann Reeves, Health Educator, CSP Inc., Project PATH

Prescription and over-the-counter (Rx/OTC) drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. To reduce Rx/OTC drug abuse among youth, Community Service Programs conducted a comprehensive, evidence-based Rx/OTC Drug Abuse Prevention initiative over the past three years with youth, community members and health care professionals. This workshop provides an overview of the initiative, discusses evaluation findings and lessons learned, and shares best practices for prevention services in clinical and community settings.


Utilizing Strategic Planning to Create a Continuum of Services

Gary Najarian, Prevention Hub Coordinator, County of Marin

The Marin County, Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Programs (ADTP) successfully developed and implemented a Continuum of Services System Strategic Planning process resulting in a new 2010-2015 strategic plan which addresses the entire continuum of services from prevention to early intervention, treatment and recovery. ADTP developed and implemented this approach to ensure that all services across the continuum would: be prepared for healthcare reform; utilize evidence based interventions; clarify local standards and practices and to ensure measurable results. The resulting 2010-2015 Continuum of Services Strategic Plan resulted in significant changes to the service system in Marin County including the development and implementation of local prevention coalitions, an integrated assessment/case management "Recovery Connections Center", a new consumer led Marin Recovery Project and Screening and Brief Intervention and referral to treatment services. We intend to describe the organizational and community conditions necessary to conduct this type of planning; define the structure and roadmap for the process; and identify the changes to the system of care intended to promote sustainability and replicability.


Integrating Family Treatment in a Residential Women's Program

Yael Moses, Clinical Supervisor, East Bay Community Recovery Project

Rivka Greenberg, Consultant, East Bay Community Recovery Project

Judith Cohen, Director of Research and Evaluation, East Bay Community Recovery Project

This workshop - 1) will present a framework for family focused treatment and prevention, 2) will provide information on the Celebrating Families! (CF!) the only program on National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) written specifically for families in recovery from substance abuse and who are at high risk for child abuse and family violence. 3) will present evaluation information from the CF! programming as supported by SAMSHA’s Pregnant and Postpartum Women’s (PPW) grant at Project Pride.


Medication Tools for Treatment and Recovery

David Y. Kan, Medical Director, ORT Program, San Francisco VA 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 substance induced symptoms and indications of another mental disorder to improve identification of co-occurring disorders. Dr. Kan will also describe elements of collaboration between counselors and physicians, and offer strategies to prepare patients on medications for challenges from their peers.