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Co-Presenters: Caring and Communication in Substance Abuse Disorders

Leslie Gervase

Leslie has 33 years of working with acute care patients in the medical surgical setting. She has studied pain management and substance abuse disorder extensively, and has lectured in all types of settings promoting effective evidenced based practice strategies related to pain management and substance abuse.

Chrissie Parris

Chrissie Parris is the Community Health Activation Team (C.H.A.T.) Coordinator for BayCare Behavioral Health. C.H.A.T. provides wellness activities focused on improving overall health of Pasco County residents. Chrissie has also served in a leadership role for the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention – ASAP of Pasco County coalition since 2009. She has over 18 years of experience in Behavioral Health and has been a small business owner with her husband for 10 years.

This review will identify and describe the factors that invalidate the caregiver patient relationship. How that altered relationship alters caring and communication will be explored and common themes from the patient, clinician/caregiver, and organizational perspective will be analyzed. Recommendations for practice change are made to improve the ability of individuals and organizations to effectively communicate current evidenced based practice communication strategies to promote positive experiences for the patient and caregiver. Finally self-care strategies will be discussed to promote a healthy practice environment in all types of health care settings for patient caregivers.

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Co-Presenters: Housing the Homeless
Bob Dillinger

Bob Dillinger, a native Floridian, is an Ivy League graduate of Columbia University in New York City. He graduated from Columbia University in 1973 and from Stetson College of Law in 1976. He accepted the role of assistant public defender for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. He served on the Capital Crimes Defense team and was instrumental in publishing Florida's first comprehensive death penalty training manual for defense attorneys. After several years as assistant public defender, Dillinger left government service and opened a private practice, where he specialized in criminal defense and civil jury work. He decided to run for the office of Public Defender for the Sixth Judicial Circuit in 1995 and by September 1996 he successfully obtained his party’s nomination. He was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.Dillinger received numerous awards for his service to the community, including the Nelson Poynter Award from the St. Petersburg Times.
Raine Johns

Raine is a former Senior Assistant Public Defender with the 6th Circuit, where she supervised Baker Acts and homeless outreach. She created special programs to help the chronically homeless population with substance abuse and mental health issues, and also directed the PD Mobile Medical Unit.

Housing for the Homeless entails a detailed case management plan individualized for each client. This case management plan, as part of an effective Coordinated Entry System. This includes prioritization based on the client's mental health, homelessness, substance abuse and medical issues. The Navigation Center in Pasco will combine the CES with wrap around services from agencies, to house and stabilize the homeless and those who are at imminent risk of homelessness.

Double Session

Leslie Glass & Raynard Packard
Leslie Glass: Pockets of Excellence in Recovery

The founder of Reach Out Recovery and creator of Recovery Guidance, Leslie Glass is an award-winning journalist, USA Today and NY Times bestselling author of 15 novels, philanthropist, and producer/director of two documentaries. Leslie is the 2016 ASAM Media Award winner for her contribution to the recovery field with her first documentary, The Secret World of Recovery (2012). The Secret World of Recovery is the first documentary to reveal what life on the other side of addiction looks like. Leslie’s second documentary, The Silent Majority (2014), about 5 programs that empower teens to make healthy choices about drugs and alcohol was a PBS station WEDU special in the Tampa Bay Region and was distributed to PBS stations nationally by American Public Television in 2014-2015. In New York, Leslie worked at New York Magazine, in book publishing, and as an advertising copywriter. Since 1990, Leslie has managed the Leslie Glass Foundation. Leslie’s innovative college scholarship program at universities in the New York area brought her to the attention of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education where she served as Public Member for 6 years. Leslie also served as a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation for a decade, focusing on Crime Stoppers and the empowerment of female officers. Moving to Florida in 2002, Leslie wrote four more novels and then focused on addiction recovery as the most pressing health crisis and social issue in America. In Reach Out Recovery, Leslie has developed the most comprehensive recovery website in the world, ranking #1 in the recovery space.

Media has typically focused on the wreckage and deaths, especially celebrities associated with substance abuse. As the substance epidemic has worsened, confusion about opioids and other prescription drugs, as well as marijuana safety, grows. This confusion has not been met with enough education to move the needle on prevention and recovery. Creativity is needed to raise awareness and provide solutions that energize and engage the public. People in the recovery field help with this effort. Posters created by Reach Out Recovery will be used to talk about effective ways to engage people in the prevention and recovery story. Posters are an exciting way to stimulate conversation and encourage cultural change. Using art to send messages is an age-old tool that can be used bring about the cultural change needed to make recovery both a local and national priority.

Raynard Packard: Building Tribe in a Disconnected World

Raynard is the founder and director of Akron based non-profit, The Packard Institute, Inc., working with generations of families and providing counseling and recovery-oriented systems of care since 1992. Raynard is a former U.S. Army paratrooper, and has finished over 150 marathons and ironman triathlons. Raynard has two daughters, Sonja (25) and Magdalena (8). He describes himself as a "human being in recovery" (25 years).

The revolution has begun. Recovery Management and Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) are fast becoming game changers in the integrated treatment of mental health and addictions. The Packard Institute has been training and fielding Recovery Coaches since 2007, and the outcomes have often been breathtaking.

Double Session

Kayla Kuni & Kelly Mothershead
Kayla Kuni: Wellness Begins at Your Public Library

Kayla Kuni has worked at the New Port Richey Public Library for over four years. She started out as a youth services assistant and was promoted to her current position after earning her MLIS from USF in 2014. She is very active in ASAP. She is a co-chair for the Alcohol Initiatives committee, vice chair for the Tobacco Free Pasco coalition, secretary for the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce's Young Professional executive board, and is involved in many other groups. She was recently named the market manager for the NPR Library's Tasty Tuesdays organic farmers market and is the library liaison to the City's environmental committee. In August 2017, Kayla will begin the MBA program at USF. If she had free time, Kayla would enjoy going to local parks and hanging out with friends.

This presentation will focus on wellness initiatives currently guiding the New Port Richey Public Library in development of meaningful workshops and activities aimed at public education. Topics to be covered include: childhood literacy, health literacy, equitable access, overall health and wellness, loaning of unique items, our seed lending library, and our partnership with agencies like ASAP. The Tasty Tuesdays organic farmers market will be a big discussion as we receive a grant to help those receiving EBT benefits.

Kelly Mothershead: Fitness and Nutrition to Overcome Addictions

Kelly Mothershead is a certified Personal Fitness Trainer for over 15 years. She is a nationally certified Personal Fitness Trainer with the International Sports Sciences Association and National Association of Sports Medicine. She is also a Certified Specialist in Performance Nutrition with ISSA and an Elite Trainer for NASM. Kelly has been a healthcare professional in clinical and pathology laboratories for 26 years, most recently as a Director for a Pathology Laboratory in Tampa, Florida. She is the owner of A Focus on Fitness Transformation Studio and Salon. She is a national speaker for Balancing Lie’s issues and speaks to companies and organizations on health and fitness topics and issues. She is a parent speaker for narcotics overdose prevention and education.

The panel is composed of youth and adults in long term recovery as well as decision makers. Join us as we discuss what is needed for people in recovery to thrive.

Double Session

Kent Runyon & Khary Rigg
Kent Runyon: Substance Use Disorders and Our Aging Population

Kent has worked in the social services arena for nearly 30 years. His experience includes developing and leading accredited social services programs addressing diverse human needs including homeless veterans services, affordable housing, and supportive services for low-income elderly, trauma-informed services, gender-responsive services, community-based offender re-entry and family reunification. He is currently the Vice President of Community Relations for Novus Medical. Previously he held the roles of Chief Strategy & Compliance Officer and Executive Director for Novus Detox. Novus Detox offers inpatient medical detox services for adults suffering from substance use disorders.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology & Criminal Justice/Criminology from Ball State University and later received his Master's Degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He also completed a two year certified Executive Leadership Program sponsored by the University of Notre Dame - Mendoza College of Business. Kent graduated from the Leadership Pasco Class of 2016.
He previously served on the Central Indiana Coalition on Aging Advisory Council (CICOA).

Some experts say that approximately 17% of older adults struggle with alcohol or drug use. Older adults within our community frequently do not receive the attention and thus the services they need to have a higher quality of life and overcome substance use disorders. The workshop will help to measure the scope of the problem, reasons this population are frequently missed and what we as a community can do to address this issue now and for the years to come.

Khary Rigg: Prescription Opioid Misuse in Rural Communities

Khary Rigg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law & Policy and the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida. He is also a current fellow with the Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. His research on opioid misuse has been published widely in peer-reviewed journals. His work has helped guide law enforcement, clinicians, regulatory agencies, and industry to develop policy initiatives and recommendations for best practices. His most recent research has been cited in court cases, policy briefs, and industry documents, as well as covered in the media. Dr. Rigg received his Ph.D. from the University of Miami and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health services research at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He currently sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals including Psychology of Addictive Behaviors and Substance Use & Misuse.

Over the last two decades, prescription opioid misuse (POM) has increased dramatically to become a serious public health concern in the United States. POM is particularly problematic in some rural areas. For example, opioid-related deaths and treatment admissions are particularly high in states with large rural populations such as Maine, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. In fact, the origins of the POM epidemic can be traced back to rural America, where media reports of OxyContin misuse first began to surface. While POM risk appear to be higher in rural communities, the reasons for this are not fully clear. Policymakers and providers know very little about the unique risk factors that make rural communities vulnerable to the consequences of POM. This has led to policy initiatives and interventions that have been largely ineffective at addressing POM in rural towns. The goal of this presentation is to present information that can be used to guide prevention and treatment efforts in rural areas of the United States. This presentation will explore the origins of the POM epidemic in rural America and discuss the unique characteristics of rural communities that make them vulnerable to the consequences of POM. Additionally, promising strategies for dealing with the opioid epidemic in rural communities are discussed. This presentation should provide important insights for prevention professionals, treatment practitioners, and policymakers as they attempt to develop solutions to the epidemic that take into account the unique characteristics of rural communities.

Single Session

Opioid Overdose Prevention and Naloxone for Overdose Reversal
Amanda Muller

Amanda Muller serves as the Overdose Prevention Coordinator within the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health at the Florida Department of Children and Families. Her objective is to increase awareness and utilization of the state’s naloxone access law. Prior to her role at DCF, Ms. Muller worked for the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition and provided overdose prevention training to first responders, medical professionals, and community members at risk of witnessing or experiencing on opioid overdose. She has engaged in community-based naloxone distribution to help save lives and provide critical harm reduction education. Amanda has also worked in infectious disease prevention at the Florida Department of Health to increase access to statewide HIV counseling and testing services.

This session will provide audience members with a comprehensive overview of opioid overdose prevention, recognition, and response. Instruction will be given on how to administer naloxone products to an individual experiencing an overdose. The session will cover efforts to expand Naloxone access in Florida and other responses to the opioid epidemic in the state. Information will be provided regarding Florida’s Emergency Treatment and Recovery Act, the 911 Good Samaritan Act, and how naloxone can be incorporated into substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

Single Session

The Incarceration of the Mentally Ill
Chip Nelson

Carl (Chip) Nelson, has his Master's degree in Advance Clinical Social Work, and he is presently finishing his PhD program for Social Work Administration. Chip has been a motivational speaker for over six years, while attending school and working in the community. Currently each month he is ask to speak as an advocate for a program created by the Honorable Judge Shawn Crane, Administrative Justice for the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. The program speaks to at-risk youth in Pasco County. Also, Chip has given service of motivational speaking to colleges, behavioral health agencies, community groups, and spiritual organizations on the status of mental health.
Chip has volunteered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for close to three years. The last year and a half he was Vice-President of Pasco County, Florida. Maureen Figueroa and Chip created a non-profit company at the beginning of 2017 called "Advocates for Change", to further fulfill their desire to effectively serve the community. One of the signature programs designed is the "Warriors Bond", an intervention program for veterans who are incarcerated at the Pasco County Detention Center, The program developed was to give needed support for those suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other co-occurring disorders.

This presentation will give needed statistical data, information on the effects to the community, cost, and the call for community support. Finally, evidenced-based programs and interventions with community partnership will show reductions in recidivism rates for this population, which can greatly become a success for our community at-large. An example of the "Warrior's Bond" program at Pasco Detention Center will be outlined. Also, the positive changes with using a psycho-education program with a strengths perspective will be shared. Plus, a call for needed support and dialogue between the community, and the institution to continue services once individuals are released.

Single Session

Methadone 101
Jon Essenburg

Jon Essenburg is the Vice President of Operation PAR’s Medication Assisted Patient Services program (MAPS for short). Jon graduated from Princeton University in 2009 with a degree in Psychology and is a Certified Addiction Professional. He started working for PAR in 2010 as a substance abuse counselor at the MAPS clinic in Bradenton and he now oversees all six MAPS programs with treatment centers located in Spring Hill, Port Richey, Clearwater, Saint Petersburg, Bradenton, Sarasota, Port Charlotte, and North Fort Myers -- currently treating (collectively) over 4,000 active patients struggling with Opioid Dependence.

Explanation of the neurobiology of opioid dependence and the use of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in the treatment of opioid dependent individuals, with a focus on Methadone Maintenance Treatment. Also includes a brief overview of other medications used in MAT including Naloxone (Narcan), Naltexone/Vivitrol, and Buprenorphine (Suboxone/Subutex).

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