2019 Opioid Abuse and Heroin Overdose Solutions Summit

4th Annual Opioid Abuse and Heroin Overdose Solutions Summit

Innovative Collaboration for Change

GDAHC, the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, and partners continue the fight against the opioid crisis and invite you to participate in the 4th Annual Opioid Abuse and Heroin Overdoes Solutions Summit: Innovative Collaboration for Change. Participants can expect to learn a wide variety of information related to this national issue and how it is affecting the state and region. Experts will provide an examination of current efforts, updated research and statistics, and emerging threats. There will also be an exploration of peer recovery programs and their relationship with and within the health care setting and the courts system. Additional presentations include a review of new licensing rules; the impact of the epidemic on our youth, educational system, and families; opportunities for providers and pharmacists to develop their understanding of substance user disorder and how to implement quality improvement metrics and coordinate with behavioral health professionals; state-level pilot programs. Attendees will receive 5.5 MCBAP-approved specific education hours awarded by DWMHA.

Registration is now open! Last year's event saw over 600 attendees and we highly recommend purchasing tickets early. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite. An event flier is also available for download. Sponsorships, tables, and booths are available for this event, and offer an amazing opportunitiy to get your organization's work in front of a large, diverse audience. Please contact Nicki Gabel at ngabel@gdahc.org for more information regarding these opportunities. A PDF of sponsorship levels and benefits is available for download.

The summit is open to all and everyone is encouraged to attend. One thing we know is that this problem cannot be solved by one group or person. We must all come together and collaborate in order to make the greatest change. The information presented during the summit will be of great use to:

  • Health professionals and pharmacists
  • Social workers
  • Coalitions and advocacy groups
  • Law enforcement, corrections officers, and court employees
  • Counselors and educators
  • Peer recovery coaches
  • Elected officials
  • Community members
  • Employers
  • Human resource and benefits managers
  • Employee assistance providers

When & Where

May 16, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Burton Manor, Livonia, MI
GDAHC and DWMHA members: $40
Non-members: $65
Register on Eventbrite

Speakers & Agenda

The a brief agenda and a full agenda with summaries are available for download.

Call to Action - Mona Abdallah-Hijazi, Community Engagement Manager, ACCESS

Michigan Automated Prescription System: Information and Updates

  • Amber Daniels, Department Analyst, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
  • Anjali Franco, Data Scientist, Appriss
  • Andrew Hudson, Manager, Pharmacy and Drug Monitoring Section, Bureau of Professional Licensing
  • Kristine Whalen, PhD, Data Scientist, Appriss
  • Haley Winans, Senior Analyst, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Emerging Drug Threats Impacting the U.S. and Michigan - Ray Ollie, Deputy Director, Michigan HIDTA

Prevention and Support for Our Youth and Families

  • Dr. Grenae Dudley, President and CEO, The Youth Connection
  • Akil Eckford, Drug Free Club Coordinator, Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan
  • Zahraa Dabaja, ACCESS Substance Abuse Program (ASA) Community Coalition Youth Group President, Dearborn High School
  • Lauren Rousseau, Professor of Law, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School; president, Northwest Wayne Families Against Narcotics

New Licensing Rules for Substance Use Disorder - Noah Smith, Partner, Capitol Services

Federal Efforts to Counter the Opioid Overdose Epidemic - Douglas S. O'Brien, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

CLIMB Project - Dr. William Beecroft, Medical Director, Behavioral Health, Blue Care Network of Michigan

How Doctors and Pharmacists are Changing their Practice and Providing Whole Person Care

  • Ghada Abdallah, RPh, Beaumont Hospital, Clinical Pharmacists; Board Member, DWMHA
  • Dr. Barika Butler, Chief Medical Officer, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
  • Dr. Abdulhassan Saad, FACP, Patient First Medical Clinic, PLLC

The Power of Peer Coaches - Making a Difference in a Variety of Settings

  • Chris O'Droski, MA, CPRM, CPRC, ENGAGE! Program Coordinator, Hegira Programs, Inc.
  • Timothy Tout, MI-REP Peer Recovery Coach, Personalized Nursing LIGHT House, Inc.
  • Lindsey Naeyaert, MPH, CHCEF, Associate Director of Integrated Health, MPCA
  • Sandy Arnold, CPPS, CPRM, CPRC, Recovery Coach/Relapse Prevention Specialist, Detroit Recovery Project

State Pilot PRograms - Darlene Owens, Director of Substance Use Disorder Initiatives, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority

Presenting Sponsor

St. Mary Mercy Livonia

Associate Sponsors

Delta Dental

Community Sponsors

Growth Works, Inc.
Hegira Health, Inc.
Molina Healthcare
The Guidance Center