The mission of NOAP is to promote public safety through participation of potentially impaired healthcare professionals in monitored rehabilitation and recovery as an alternative to license discipline, emphasizing fitness to practice and retention of competent professionals. NOAP is committed to working in cooperation with regulatory and professional organizations toward this objective.

NOAP 2018 Annual Conference

March 26-29, 2018
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel

Best Practices for ATD Programs for Health Care Professionals

Daily Schedule

View the PDF Brochure.

Continuing Education Credits

NOAP awards contact hours for nurses and advanced practice nurses who attend the Annual Educational Conference.
  • This Continuing Education activity will be submitted to the Intervention Project for Nurses.
  • This activity has been approved through NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals, provider #144528.
Each attendee, after completion of the conference survey, will receive a certificate indicating the number and type of credits earned.


Time Monday, March 26 CE
12noon - 5pm Registration
1pm - 4pm Best Practices and Components of a Successful Monitoring Program - Organizational Sharing & Group Participation Workshop
  • Jean Sullivan, RN, MA
  • Barbara Austin, MSN, RN
5:30pm - 7pm Welcome Reception  
7:15pm - 8:15pm Support Group Meeting - Open  
Time Tuesday, March 27 CE
7:30am - 8:30am Support Group Meeting  
8am - 4:30pm Registration  
8am - 9am Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors  
9am - 9:15am Opening Remarks/Announcements
  • Barbara McGill, MSN, RN; President, NOAP
9:15am - 10:30am National Practitioner Data Bank & Navigating NCSBN Resources
  • Kathy Russell, JD, MN, RN; Associate, Nursing Regulation, NCSBN
10:30am - 10:45am Break  
10:45am - 12:15pm The Tennessee Experience: Mental Health & SUD On Line Support Groups
  • Mike Harkreader, MS, RN, CARN
  • Elizabeth S. Temple, M.Ed.
12:15pm - 1:15pm Membership Luncheon
(open to all attendees and exhibitors)
1:15pm - 2:15pm Intraoperative and Post-operative Alternatives to narcotics when Surgery is Required
  • Jack Hamill, MS, CRNA
2:15pm - 2:45pm Break  
2:45pm - 3:45pm Face to Face Mental Health Support Groups
  • Phyllis Prekopa, PsyD, BSN, LCADC, CARN-AP, FIAAN
3:45pm - 5pm Recovery Alliance
  • Amy Boyd Austin, MSS
  • Terrence Walton
  • Barbara McGill, MSN, RN
6:30pm - 9pm Group Outing - New Orleans Riverboat Cruise (separate registration fee required)
Must be on board by 7pm, ticket does not include dinner
Time Wednesday, March 28 CE
8am - 4:45pm Registration  
8am - 9am Full Breakfast with Exhibitors  
9am - 10:15am The Pain Management HCP in a Monitoring Program
  • John C. Tanner, DO, Dip, ABAM, FASAM, CCFC, MRO
  • Myrtle Greene, LMHC, CAP, ICADC
10:15am - 10:45am Break  
10:45am - 12noon ATD Types
  • Moderator: Becky Eisenhut, MS, RN, CASAC, CARN
  • Board in House - John Furman, PhD, MSN, COHN-S
  • Contracted with Board - Mike Brown, RPH
  • Peer Assistance - Ellen Brickman, MPH, MS, RN, NPP
12:15pm - 1:30pm Business Meeting Lunch
(open to all attendees and exhibitors)
1:30pm - 2:30pm Best Practices in Managing and Monitoring the Health Care Professional with Mental Health and/or Dual Diagnoses
  • Virginia (Ginny) Matthews, RN, BSN, MBA
2:30pm - 3pm Break  
3pm - 4:30pm MRO / Toxicology Panel Discussion
  • Moderator: Kathie Simpson, RN, BSN
  • Tony Costantino, PhD; DrugScan
  • James Ferguson, DO, DFASAM, C-MRO; FirstSource Solutions
  • Joe Jones, MS; USDTL
  • Barry Lubin, MD, FASAM, MRO; Affinity
  • Donna Smith, EdD/PhD; Recovery Trek
  Dinner on your own  
8pm - 9pm Support Group Meeting - Open  
Time Thursday, March 29 CE
7am - 8am Support Group Meeting - Closed  
8am - 9am Continental Breakfast  
9am - 10:15am CRNA; RTW Guidelines/Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain 
  • Ann Bostic, CRNA
10:30am - 12noon Less Stress, More Power
  • Aila Accad, RN, MSN
  Conference Closing  




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