Events

eventsNAADAC 2014 Advocacy in Action Conference
March 2-4, 2014
Alexandria, Virginia
Contact: http://naadac.org/advocacyconference

 

American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) 30th Annual Meeting
March 6-9, 2014
Phoenix, Arizona
Contact: http://www.painmed.org/annualmeeting/main.aspx


American Counseling Association (ACA) Annual Conference and Expo
March 27-30, 2014
Honolulu, Hawaii
Contact: http://www.counseling.org/conference/hawaii-aca-2014

 

American Psychiatric Association (APA) 167th Annual Meeting
May 3-7, 2014
New York, New York
Contact: http://annualmeeting.psychiatry.org/

 

National Council for Behavioral Health 43rd National Mental Health and Addictions Conference
May 5-7, 2014
Washington, DC
Contact: http://www.thenationalcouncil.org/cs/conference

 

20th Annual National Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities (TASC) Conference on Drugs Crime and Reentry
May 7-9, 2014
Birmingham, Alabama
Contact: http://www.nationaltasc.org/2013conference/2014-conference1/

 

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) Annual Conference
May 17-20, 2014
Charlotte, North Carolina
Contact: https://www.naatp.org/

Upcoming Events

events1Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR) 18th Annual Conference
January 15-19, 2014
San Antonio, Texas
Contact: http://www.sswr.org/conferences.php

40th Annual Winter Symposium “Addictive Disorders, Behavioral Health and Mental Health”
January 26-29, 2014
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Contact: www.ggforrest.com

 Community Anit-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) 2014 Leadership Forum
February 3-6, 2014
National Harbor, Maryland
Contact: http://www.cadca.org/trainingevents/conference-event

New York Society of Addiction Medicine (NYSAM) 10th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference
February 7-8, 2014
New York, New York
Contact: www.nysam-asam.org

National Association for Court Management (NACM) 2014 Midyear Conference
February 9-11, 2014
Savannah, Georgia
Contact: http://www.nacmnet.org/conferences/index.html

35th Annual Training Institute on Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders
February 10-13, 2014
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Contact: http://www.usjt.com/Default.aspx

Preventive Medicine 2014 Conference
February 19-22, 2014
New Orleans, Louisiana
Contact: http://www.preventivemedicine2014.org/

American College of Psychiatrists (ACP) Annual Meeting
February 19-23, 2014
San Antonio, Texas
Contact: http://www.acpsych.org/meetings-and-news/annual-meeting/future-annual-meetings

MARS™ Thought-Leadership Helps Raise Profile of Peer Recovery Support Services: Ginter Joins Plenary, Will Showcase Innovative Trainings at 2013 AATOD Conference

Medication-Assisted Recovery Services (MARS™), part of a leading national nonprofit organization that provides peer support services and training to address the needs of the medication-assisted recovery community, announced its Project Director has been invited to deliver a plenary presentation at the upcoming 2013 AATOD Conference in Philadelphia. Walter Ginter will join other prominent treatment and recovery leaders during the middle plenary session to talk about “Keeping Recovery the Focus”.

In his plenary session, Mr. Ginter will focus specifically on how methadone became the pathway for him to reach his full potential and how he has taken that experience to create the MARS™ Project, a structured program of education and peer support that is helping many others across the country who are in medication-assisted treatment to strengthen their recovery. He will also share his work as an advocate for medication-assisted recovery, helping overcome the barriers and stigma that can fight against recovery efforts.

Mr. Ginter will participate in the plenary session entitled “Keeping Recovery the Focus”, which hones in on a new era that will require programs to adapt to the ongoing implementation of health care reform. Emphasis will be on the 50-year evolution of methadone treatment and where the field is today as an accredited, science-based modality.

The press release can be accessed at: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11226954.htm

Source: PRWeb.com – October 14, 2013

Events

 events1New England School of of Best Practices in Addiction Treatment
September 9-12 , 2013
Waterville, New Hampshire
Contact: http://www.neias.org/

Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA) 2013 Annual Conference
September 11-14, 2013
Henderson, Nevada
Contact: http://www.sapaa.com/?page=events

Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders
September 12-15, 2013
Cape Cod, Hyannis Massachusetts
Contact:  www.ccsad.com

The Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Summit 
September 21-23, 2013
Aneheim, California
Contact:  http://www.behavioral.net/summit/behavioral-healthcare-leadership-summit?WA_MAILINGLEVEL_CODE=&spMailingID=41073350&spUserID=MjMxMDc4ODE1MQS2&spJobID=179390466&spReportId=MTc5MzkwNDY2S0

National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCDA) 2013
September 21-25, 2013
Anaheim, California
Contact: http://www.addictionpro.com/ncad-conference/national-conference-addiction-disorders-2013

 

 

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders: Research and Practice Training Session

SAMHSAThis full-day training session will precede the 75th Annual Meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, which will be held June 15–20, 2013 at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego from 8:30 AM to 4:30 AM. Registration and CEUs are free.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the training will provide practitioners, clinicians, clinical supervisors, healthcare providers, researchers, and other participants the opportunity to learn the latest information and best practices on medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders (SUDs). Nationally renowned researchers and experts will present on topics such as:

  • Pain management and prescription opioid addiction.
  • Agonist and antagonist medications to treat opioid dependence.
  • Adolescents and young adults—treatment for opioid abuse.
  • Veterans and MAT.
  • Smoking cessation with SUD patients.
  • Integrating MAT and primary care.
  • A state’s response to prescription drug abuse.
  • A county’s approach to MAT.
  • Integrating MAT into a 12-step program.

This training will provide information on how MAT is being used to improve opioid dependence treatment outcomes, across a variety of settings and populations.

Register at: http://www.seiservices.com/samhsa/cpdd2013/Registration.aspx
Source: The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute on Drug Abuse – May 2013

Events

events1Global Addiction and EUROPAD Conference
May 7-10, 2013
Pisa, Italy
Contact: http://www.globaladdiction.org/

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) 2013 Annual Conference
May 18-21, 2013
San Antonio, Texas
Contact: https://www.naatp.org

Society for Clinical Trials (SCT) 34th Annual Meeting
May 19-22, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Contact: http://www.sctweb.org/

American Psychiatric Association (APA) 166th Annual Meeting
May 18-22, 2013
San Francisco, California
Contact: www.psych.org/

26th Annual Northwest Conference on Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders
May 29-31, 2013
Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Seattle, Washington
Contact: http://www.usjt.com

Annual West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders
May 30-June 2, 2013
LaQuinta, California
Contact: http://www.wcsad.com

National RX Drug Abuse Summit in Orlando FL April 2-4 2013

The 2013 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit will focus on ways to make an Impact in the fight against prescription drug abuse. The Summit is the largest national collaboration of professionals from local, state, and federal agencies, business, academia, clinicians, treatment providers, counselors, educators, state and national leaders, and advocates impacted by Rx drug abuse.

The Summit will be held in Orlando FL April 2-4 2013.

Keynote speakers include R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

http://nationalrxdrugabusesummit.org/

Events

Preventive Medicine 2013 Annual Meeting
February 20-23, 2013
Phoenix-Scottsdale, Arizona
Contact: http://www.preventivemedicine2013.org/

American College of Psychiatrists (ACP) Annual Meeting
February 20-24, 2013
Kaui, Hawaii
Contact: http://www.acpsych.org/meetings-and-news/annual-meeting

American Group Psychotherapy Annual Meeting
February 25-March 2, 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana
Contact: http://agpa.org/mtgs/

American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) Annual Meeting
March 6-9, 2013
Indianapolis, Indiana
Contact: http://www.ascpt.org/

National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems
March 11-13, 2013
Washington, DC
Contact: https://www.naphs.org/annmeeting/index

American Academy of Health Behavior
March 17-20, 2013
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Contact: http://www.aahb-temp.net/

Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions
March 20-23, 2013
San Francisco, California
Contact: http://www.sbm.org/meetings/

American Counseling Association Annual Conference & Exposition
March 20-24, 2013
Cincinnati, Ohio
Contact: http://www.counseling.org/Convention/

RX Drug Abuse Summit
April 2-4, 2013
Orlando, Florida
Contact: http://nationalrxdrugabusesummit.org/

Events

Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA) 2012 Annual Conference
October 17-21, 2012
San Diego, California
Contact: www.sapaa.com

National Conference on Correctional Health Care
October 20-24, 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada
Contact: http://www.ncchc.org/education/national.html

American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition
October 27-31, 2012
San Francisco, California
Contact: http://www.apha.org/meetings

Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse 36th Annual Conference
November 1-3, 2012
Bethesda, Maryland
Contact: http://www.amersa.org/conf.asp

24th Annual Conference on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
November 8-10, 2012
San Francisco, California
Contact: http://www.chadd.org

The American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD)- Liver Meeting® 2012
November 9-13, 2012
Boston, Massachusetts
Contact: http://www.aasld.org/

The Machinery of the Mind Webinar

The DSM-IV lists 5 behavioral symptoms of addiction but does not tell us why these behaviors appear in people of very different psychosocial backgrounds using widely different substances. The answer resides in the drug-altered human brain. This session reports from the currently published research what we know about how and why the changed brain gives us those behaviors. Such knowledge helps both the counselor and the patient better understand what has happened to the brain and what can be done to heal it.

When: Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Trainer: Allan Barger, MSW

Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/153154034

Source: Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions

New Webinar: Drug Interactions with Opioids: What Do We Know and What Do We Need to Know?

This June 27 webinar will provide an overview of drug interactions with opioid medications with a focus on methadone and buprenorphine. Epidemiology of opioid misuse and adverse effects, and principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics that underlie drug interactions will be discussed as will examples of adverse drug-drug interactions.

This series of webinar presentations is being presented by the Physician Clinical Support System-Opiates, PCSS-O, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration and the Center for Substance abuse Treatment. This is part of a grant awarded to the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association, and the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine/

http://gallery.mailchimp.com/887371b6e7cd0824e5c4b3fe7/files/6.27.12_Webinar_Flyer_AOAAM.pdf

Source:  Physician Clinical Support System-Opiates

All links accessed June 21, 2012.

AATOD Conference a Resounding Success

More than 1,350 people attended the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) meeting held in Las Vegas April 21-25 at the Venetian/Palazzo Hotel. Among the more than 60 attendees from other countries was a large delegation from Vietnam, reporting on that nation’s successful expansion of methadone treatment.

Under the theme “Recovery for Patients, Families, and Communities,” the conference was co-hosted by the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency (SAPTA) of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services/Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services.

Plenary Highlights

The conference opened with Gov. Brian Sandoval endorsing the work of Nevada’s opioid treatment programs (OTPs).  The governor remained to listen to Deborah A. McBride, MBA, SAPTA director, make her opening remarks. There are 11 OTPs in Nevada, and Ms. McBride expressed unwavering support for their valuable contribution in the wake of epidemic prescription-drug abuse in Nevada. AATOD president Mark Parrino, MPA, reported on AATOD’s national work. Gilberto Gerra, MD, director of the Drug Prevention and Health Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna, Austria, emphasized the international need for medication-assisted treatment (MAT). 

The second plenary session, dedicated to Lisa Mojer-Torres, lawyer, methadone patient, and tireless advocate, who died last year, focused on methadone as a valid pathway to recovery. The session was led by Carol McDaid, co-founder and principal of Capitol Decisions, and William L. White, MA, senior research consultant, Chestnut Health Systems, both in recovery themselves.

“The whole issue of methadone as part of recovery is critical,” remarked Mr. Parrino, noting the negative attitude in many states among legislators and judges who simply don’t think methadone maintenance treatment constitutes recovery.

Timothy P. Condon, PhD, visiting research professor at the Center for Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions at the University of New Mexico, did an excellent job of highlighting the science and policy aspects of MAT during the closing plenary. There was also a presentation on MAT as part of health care reform, provided by Paul Samuels of the Legal Action Center.

And during the closing plenary, Justice Michael Cherry, now Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court, expressed strong support for methadone and buprenorphine in the courts and criminal justice system. It is rare to have the highest judge in the state participate throughout an entire AATOD conference, said Mr. Parrino.

Hot Topics

Buprenorphine and Federal Register Notice

Nicholas Reuter, senior public health advisor with the division of pharmacologic therapies at the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), talked with AT Forum about hot topics at the conference, including the pending Federal Register notice allowing OTPs to dispense buprenorphine.

Mr. Reuter said the final rule is now in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulatory review process, where it has been since March 8. The final rule will allow OTPs to prescribe buprenorphine under the same rules as DATA 2000-waived physicians, with some additional requirements.  Now, OTPs can dispense buprenorphine only with the same take-home and treatment rules that apply to methadone in 42 CFR Part 8.

This final rule has taken years to reach this point. The approval may be slowed by the interagency review, speculated Mr. Parrino, with one or two agencies expressing concern about diversion. Ironically, when the proposed rule was first published three years ago, comments expressed concern about OTPs causing buprenorphine diversion. Diversion of buprenorphine is now a major issue, without the final rule. Many OTPs feel that is due to the lack of counseling and other services in the office-based system.

Hepatitis C—A SAMHSA Priority

Robert Lubran, director of the division of pharmacologic therapies at CSAT, talked about the public health implications of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the U.S., noting that SAMHSA will shift emphasis to screening and treatment for HCV. (See related article in this issue.)

Mr. Reuter added that CSAT has had a focus on HCV at many AATOD conferences: “We emphasize screening and treatment. This is the same situation we had with HIV,” he said. Programs are concerned that if widespread testing is undertaken, funds for treatment must be available.  Most states cover the medical treatment for HCV, but stigma against opioid dependence and OTP patients makes it harder for them to access care.  Mr. Parrino added that AATOD has trained over 700 clinical staff in hepatitis C testing and counseling, but few programs offer on-site treatment.

Methadone Mortality Form Becomes Optional

Surprising AATOD, CSAT announced the suspension of their methadone mortality form, introduced only about three years ago.  CSAT will do a “more formal information collection and analysis,” Mr. Lubran told the AATOD Board. “Instead of a voluntary form, we thought we would work with our colleagues in the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality to do something more official,” he said. “Right now we’re trying to come up with the best analytic procedure, and pursue a pilot. The idea is to do this in a way that is consistent.”  A Dear Colleague letter to the field about the change is dated April 3, but Mr. Parrino wasn’t given it until April 30. (For a copy of the letter, go to http://www.atforum.com/addiction-resources/documents/DearCollegueMethMortalitySuspension-04-2012.pdf).

Benzodiazepine Use in OTP Patients

The use of benzodiazepines in OTP patients was again a hot topic. Ron Jackson, MSW, LICSW, conducted an excellent, well-attended roundtable discussion about how to handle benzodiazepine use in OTP patients. The long-awaited benzodiazepine guidelines are expected to be part of a set of guidelines that cover the use of many different psychoactive substances in an OTP, instead of just benzodiazepines, Mr. Reuter said after the meeting. “We decided to broaden it, to talk about psychoactive medications in general,” confirmed Mr. Parrino. “But it’s really about benzodiazepines.” (See related article in this issue.)

Awards Banquet

Beny J. Primm, MD, executive director, Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation, presented the Nyswander/Dole “Marie” Awards to nine recipients.

Joseph V. Brady, PhD, Maryland

Otto C. Feliu, MS, New York

Hilary Jacobs, MSW, Massachusetts

Edward J. Johnson, MA, South Carolina

Barbara Schlichting, LCSW, New Jersey

Stacy Seikel, MD, Florida

Steve Tapscott, MA, Texas

Stephan Walcher, MD, Germany

William C. Wilson, California

Banquet honorees also included William L. White, MA, who received the prestigious Friend of the Field Award, and Roxanne Baker, CMA, recipient of the Richard Lane/Robert Holden Patient Advocacy Award for her work on behalf of methadone and recovery.

The next AATOD National Conference will convene in November 2013 in Philadelphia.

Events

The Virginia Summer Institute for Addiction Studies
July 16-17, 2012
Williamsburg, Virginia
Contact: http://www.vsias.org/

SAMHSA 5th National Conference on Behavioral Health for Women and Girls
July 17-19, 2012
San Diego, California
Contact: http://samhsawomensconference.org/

American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) Annual Conference
July 19-21, 2012
Orlando, Florida
Contact: http://www.amhca.org/

International AIDS Conference
July 22-27, 2012
Washington, DC
Contact: http://www.aids2012.org/

American Psychological Association 120th Annual Convention
August 2-5, 2012
Orlando, Florida
Contact: http://www.apa.org

American Sociological Association
August 17-20, 2012
Denver, Colorado
Contact: http://www.asanet.org/AM2012/index.cfm

Links accessed on May 27, 2012

Events to Note

Addiction Medicine 2012
March 30-31, 2012
Asheville, North Carolina
Contact: www.sa4docs.org

National Rx Drug Abuse Summit
April 10-12, 2012
Orlando, Florida
Contact: www.nationalrxdrugabusesummit.org

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) 43rd Annual Medical-Scientific Conference
April 19-22, 2012
Atlanta, Georgia
Contact: www.asam.org

American Association for the Treatment Opioid Dependence, Inc. National Conference
April 21-25, 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada
Contact: www.AATOD.org

Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) Annual Meeting
May 3-5, 2012
Chicago, Illinois
Contact: www.midwesternpsych.org

American Psychiatric Association (APA) 165th Annual Meeting
May 5-9, 2012
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Contact: www.midwesternpsych.org

NEW EVENT TO NOTE

National Rx Drug Abuse Summit
April 10-12, 2012
Orlando, FL
http://nationalrxdrugabusesummit.org

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