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Strategies for Hope: Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Rural Communities

May 17 @ 8:15 am - 4:00 pm

Registration Fees
Continental Breakfast and Lunch Included in Registration Fee
Healthcare professionals (continuing education fee included) $75
General Public $25

Agenda

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 AM – 8:45 AM Introduction: What is Opioid Use Disorder?
Erik Garcia, MD
8:45 AM – 9:45 AM Keynote
Moderator:
Erik Garcia, MDChanging the Conversation
Removing Stigma, Instilling Strength, Opening Hearts, and Inspiring ChangeJeffrey Foote, PhD
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM Break
MORNING BREAKOUTS
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Breakout 1A Opioid Crisis in the Workplace
Saving Lives, Saving Jobs
Moderator:
Richard Alcombright
Human Resources
Your Most Valuable Asset

Arthur Milano, MBA
Employee Assistance Programs
Caring for Our Employees in Difficult Times

Mark Kenyon, LMFT, LADC-I, CEAP
How Employers Can Help Reduce the Destruction Caused by the Opioid Epidemic
Edward Ostolski, JD
Panel Q/A
Mark Kenyon, LMFT, LADC-I, CEAP
Arthur Milano, MBA
Edward Ostolski, JD
Breakout 1B Caring for Families Affected by Opioid Use Disorder
Moderator:
Ruth Jacobson-Hardy , MA, LADC I
Pregnant Women and New Moms with Opioid Use Disorder
Katherine Callahan, MD
How Becoming a Trauma Sensitive Community Can Help Everyone
Christine Haley, LICSW
Opioid-Affected Families
Debbie Flynn-Gonzalez, M.Ed.
Panel Q/A
Katherine Callahan, MD
Debbie Flynn-Gonzalez, M.Ed.
Christine Haley, LICSW
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch

Lunch and Learn: Naloxone Training
Amalio (A.J.) Jusino, NRP-T
Sarah DeJesus, CMA

AFTERNOON BREAKOUTS
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Breakout 2A Alternative Therapies for Pain Management
Moderator:
Daniel Mullin, PsyD, MPH
Behavioral Medicine for Pain Management
Kent Higgins, PhD
Physical Therapy
Managing Severe and Persistent Musculoskeletal Pain

Renae Gorman, PT, DPT, OCS
Non-Pharmacological Treatments and Complementary Health Approaches to Chronic Pain
Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH
Panel Q/A
Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH
Renae Gorman, PT, DPT, OCS
Kent Higgins, PhD
Breakout 2B Pathways to Recovery
Moderator:
Jennifer Kimball
Medications for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders
Jennifer Michaels, MD
Harm Reduction
Sarah DeJesus, CMA
Peer Support
Recovery Coaches as Mentors, Guides, and Role Models

Joseph Buyse, CARC
It Takes a Village
Community Based Care and Supports for the Medically Underserved

Jacelyn Howlett Farmerie, CARN
Panel Q/A
Joseph Buyse, CARC
Sarah DeJesus, CMA
Jacelyn Howlett Farmerie, CARN
Jennifer Michaels, MD
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM Final Group Discussion
Moderator:
Erik Garcia, MDPanel DiscussionClosing RemarksEvaluation

Moderators

Richard Alcombright
Vice President, Local Business and Customer Relations Manager
MountainOne
North Adams, MA
Erik Garcia, MD
Assistant Professor
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA
Ruth Jacobson-Hardy, MA, LADC I
Western Mass Regional Manager, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Florence, MA
Jennifer Kimball
Coordinator
Berkshire Opioid Addiction Prevention Collaborative
Pittsfield, MA
Daniel Mullin, PsyD, MPH
Director
Center for Integrated Primary Care at the University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA

Speakers

Joseph Buyse, CARC
Program Director
Berkshire County – Living in Recovery
Pittsfield, MA
Katherine Callaghan, MD
Director, The Karen W. Green Clinic for Pregnancy and Recovery
UMass Memorial Medical Center
Worcester, MA
Sarah DeJesus, CMA
Assistant Director of Rural Health
Tapestry
North Adams, MA
Debbie Flynn-Gonzalez, M.Ed.
Program Director
Hope for Holyoke Peer Recovery Support Center
Holyoke, MA
Jeffrey Foote, PhD
Executive Director
Center for Motivation and Change
New York, NY
Erik Garcia, MD
Assistant Professor
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA
Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA
Renae Gorman, PT, DPT, OCS
Director of Clinical Education – Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Springfield Technical Community College
Springfield, MA
Christine Haley, LICSW
Berkshire Area Site Director
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Pittsfield, MA
Kent Higgins, PhD
Instructor, Psychiatry
University of Massachusetts Medical School – Baystate
Springfield, MA
Jacelyn Howlett Farmerie, CARN
Nurse Care Manager – OBOT Coordinator
UMass Memorial Community Healthlink Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Project
Worcester, MA
Amalio (A.J.) Jusino, NRP-T
Assistant Chief
North Adams Ambulance Service, Inc.
North Adams, MA
Mark Kenyon, LMFT, LADC-I, CEAP
EAP Clinician, Employee Assistance Program
Berkshire HealthWorks
Pittsfield, MA
Jennifer Michaels, MD
Medical Director
The Brien Center
Pittsfield, MA
Arthur Milano, MBA
Principal
Milano Human Resource Consulting
Pittsfield, MA
Edward Ostolski, JD
Senior Federal Investigator
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Boston, MA
Continuing Education
Berkshire Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This program has been approved for 6.5 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D 80689
CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program has been approved for 6.75 Category 1 credits by the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association (MaMHCA). MaMHCA Authorization 19-0464
This activity has been certified by NEAFAST, on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education. Certification PC-040143 Application for licensed alcohol and drug counselor continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at berkshireahec.org for the status of LADC CE accreditation
This activity has been approved by the American Association of Medical Assistants for 7 ACG CEUs. Approval Number: 136165 This activity has been approved by the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services for 6.75 continuing education program hours. Approval Number: 1920-R1-10939-T1
This program has been approved for 6.75 contact hours by The Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification. This program meets the requirements for dental assistant continuing education hours as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry – 234 CMR 8.00.

Successful Completion Requirements for Continuing Education Credits

Participants must sign-in and out, attend the entire program, and complete a program evaluation to receive continuing education credits. Certificates will be distributed to participants at the end of the program.

Special Requests

If you are hearing impaired, or are a person who is differently abled who requires accommodations, please contact Berkshire AHEC 15 days prior to the training.

Refunds

A refund minus a $15 processing charge is only available up until two weeks prior to a conference.

Cancellation

Berkshire AHEC reserves the right to cancel a program due to low registration, speaker cancellation, or other uncontrollable circumstances. Notice of cancellation will be provided to registrants by phone, email, and on the berkshireahec.org website. Refunds will be issued within 14 days of a cancelled program.

Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of Berkshire AHEC to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its individually and jointly sponsored programs. All planners and faculty participating in Berkshire AHEC programs are expected to disclose any conflicts of interest that they or their spouse/partner may have that has a direct bearing on the content of the continuing education program.

Grievance Procedure

It is the policy of Berkshire AHEC to provide a complaint resolution procedure that is timely and responsive to consumers of our services. Individuals wishing to register a grievance should contact the Executive Director of Berkshire AHEC at (413) 236-4500.

Details

Date:
May 17
Time:
8:15 am - 4:00 pm
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Website:
www.berkshireahec.org

Organizer

Berkshire AHEC

Venue

Berkshire Community College
1350 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Phone:
413-499-4660
Website:
http://www.berkshirecc.edu/
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