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.

Due to the recent emergency declaration by the Governor of the State of New Mexico, and the WHO Pandemic alert, NOAP regrets to inform you that we have cancelled the 2020 conference (March 16-19, Albuquerque Marriott Hotel).

  • Please contact the hotel to cancel your reservation (P: 505-881-6800,, cancellations will process based on the hotels cancellation policy that you received when you booked your room. NOAP urges you to contact the hotel and cancel ASAP.
  • All registration fees for Attendees and Exhibitors/Sponsors will be refunded within 45 days.

Please feel free to contact the Executive Office for additional information.

Robert Ranieri
Account Manager
National Organization of Alternative Programs
3416 Primm Lane
Birmingham, AL 35216 USA
P: 205-823-6106

NOAP 2020 Annual Conference
March 16 - 19, 2020
Albuquerque Marriott Hotel, New Mexico

Daily Schedule

Titles, Topics and Presenters all subject to change

Nursing Contact Hours and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling
This Continuing Education activity has been approved by The American Association of Nurse Attorneys; TAANA, through the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16785, for 15.50 total contact hours.
This activity has been approved through NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals. NOAP’s provider number for NAADAC is 144528.  NOAP’s approved education provider status identifies our program as meeting nationally approved standards of education development for the alcoholism and drug abuse counseling field. 

Each attendee, after completion of the conference survey, will receive a certificate indicating the number and type of credits earned.

  Download the Conference Program (pdf)  
Time Monday, March 16 Location
10am - 11:15am NOAP Board of Directors and Conference Planning Committee Meeting Santa Fe
11:30am - 4pm Registration
12noon - 2pm
CE: 2.00
Opening Remarks/Announcements: Kathie Simpson, RN, BSN, CACPN; NOAP President; Irwin, Pennsylvania
Session 1. FSPHP Guidelines for 2020
  • Presentation Handout
  • Paul H. Earley, MD, DFASAM; Georgia Professionals Health Program, Inc.; Atlanta, Georgia


  1. Describe how past perspectives on addiction have contributed to our current misperceptions about addiction care.
  2. List current standards for addiction care.
  3. Describe current FSPHP efforts to standardize treatment and monitoring approached to addiction treatment.
 Salon F
2pm - 2:15pm Break Salon E
2:15pm - 3:30pm
CE: 0.75
Session 2. Program Sharing
  • Presentation Handout
  • Myrtle Greene, LMHC, CAP, ICADC; Intervention Project for Nurses; Jacksonville Beach, Florida


  1. Compare and contrast the different types of ATD programs in the following areas: relationship to the disciplining authority, funding of operational costs, number of participants monitored staffing ratio and number of disciplines monitored.
  2. Identify operational policies and procedures staff currently views as best practices.
  3. Discuss current legal challenges programs are encountering.
Salon F
4pm - 4:45pm Exhibitor Welcome Networking Salon E
  Dinner on your Own  
7:15pm - 8:15pm Support Group Meeting Santa Fe
Time Tuesday, March 17  
7:30am - 8:30am Support Group Meeting  Santa Fe
8am - 4:30pm Registration Foyer
8am - 9am Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors Salon E
9am - 9:15am Opening Remarks/Announcements
  • Kathie Simpson, RN, BSN, CACPN; NOAP President; Irwin, Pennsylvania
Salon F
9:15am - 10:30am
CE: 1.25
Session 3. Wholehearted Journey to Ethics for Healthcare Professionals
  • Maeve O'Neill, MEd, LCDC, LPC-S, CHC, CDWF/CDTLF; Chief Regulatory Officer, Rogers Behavioral Health; Dallas, Texas


  1. Recognize ethical issues and apply concepts to self, team organizational culture.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of wholehearted concepts applied to Ethics.
  3. Plan use of concepts in daily work.
Salon F
10:30am - 10:45am Break Salon E
10:45am - 12:15pm
CE: 1.50
Session 4. Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction Among Safety-Sensitive Workers: What Lurks Beneath the Controversy?  
  • Presentation Handout
  • Chris Bundy, MD, MPH; Executive Medical Director, Washington Physicians Health Program; Seattle, Washington


  1. State the risks, benefits and alternatives of opioid agonist treatment among safety-sensitive workers.
  2. Analyze opioid agonist treatment for safety-sensitive workers from the perspectives of individualized treatment vs. population management.
  3. Discuss how the opioid agonist controversy may be influenced by underlying attitudes and beliefs about the goals of health monitoring.
 Salon F
12:15pm - 1:15pm

Business Meeting Lunch (open to all attendees and exhibitors)

  1. Agenda
  2. Business Meeting Minutes from 2019
  3. Member and Finance Report
Salon E
1:15pm - 2:15pm
CE: 1.00
Session 5. National Practitioner Data Bank Medicare and Medicaid Exclusion List (Video Conference)
  • Presentation Handout
  • Anastasia Timothy, MD, MPH; National Practitioner Data Bank; Washington, DC
  • Paul Lotterer, JD; National Practitioner Data Bank; Washington, DC


  1. Understand the laws, regulations, and main components of the NPDB.
  2. Define NPDB querying and reporting requirements and apply these requirements to a variety of scenarios.
  3. Learn how to self-query.
  4. Learn how to enter a narrative in a report.
 Salon F
2:15pm - 2:45pm Break Salon E
2:45pm - 3:45pm
CE: 1.00
Session 6. Study Results and Implications: Outcomes of Substance Use Disorder Monitoring Programs
  • Richard A. Smiley, MS, MA; National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN); Chicago, Illinois


  1. Identify the purposes and methods of the NCSBN Outcomes of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Monitoring Programs.
  2. Identify the results of the NCSBN Outcomes of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Monitoring Programs.
  3. Identify the factors of the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Monitoring Programs which are most positively associated with program completion.
 Salon F
3:45pm - 4:45pm
CE: 1.00

Session 7. Gambling Disorder: The Hidden Addiction

  • Presentation Handout
  • Jeffrey P. Wasserman, JD, CPRS, ICGC-I; Judicial Outreach and Development Director, Delaware Council on Gambling Problems, Inc.; Wilmington, Delaware


  1. Recognize the screening and diagnostic criteria for gambling disorder and who is at risk.
  2. Understand the connection between gambling disorder and substance use disorders.
  3. Appreciate the harms unique to gambling disorder through the speaker’s lived experience.
  4. Identify best practices for prevention and treatment of gambling disorder.
Salon F
  Dinner on your Own  
Time Wednesday, March 18  
7:30am - 8:30am Support Group Meeting  Santa Fe
8am - 4:45pm Registration Foyer
8am - 9am Full Breakfast with Exhibitors Salon E
9am - 10:15am
CE: 1.25
Session 8. Considerations in the Treatment of LGBTQ Populations
  • Melissa Lee Warner, MD; Director of Professionals Programming, The Farley Center; Williamsburg, Virginia


  1. Define various sexual identity and gender designations.
  2. Develop proficiency with patient pronouns and interviewing.
  3. Understand factors to consider in treating the LGBTQ population.
Salon F
10:15am - 10:30am Break Salon E
10:30am - 12noon
CE: 1.50

Session 9. MRO / Toxicology Panel Discussion

  • Presentation Handout
  • Brewery Article 1Brewery Article 2
  • Moderator: Kathie Simpson, RN, BSN, CACPN
  • Anthony Costantino, PhD, F-ABFT; DrugScan, Inc.; Horsham, Pennsylvania
  • James Ferguson, DO, DFASAM, C-MRO; FSSolutions; Chalfont, Pennsylvania
  • Joe Jones, PhD, USDTL; Des Plaines, Illinois
  • Barry Lubin, MD, FASAM, MRO; Affinity Online Solutions; Vienna, Virginia


  1. Discuss the pros and cons of PEth vs blood spot.
  2. Describe the limitations of hair testing and understand how that impacts the interpretation of their program results.
  3. Describe the anatomy of a fingernail and how drug is incorporated into fingernail.
  4. Relate case study reports from the literature and our laboratory experience to better interpret their cases at their program.
Salon F
1:45pm - 5pm Meet in Hotel Lobby for Group Event - Sandia Peak Tram
Separate registration fee required. See
  Dinner on your Own  
Time Thursday, March 19  
7:30am - 8:30am Support Group Meeting Santa Fe
8am - 9am Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors  Salon E
9am - 10:30am
CE: 1.50
Session 10. Walking the Edge: Passion and Pathology in Recovery


  1. Identify "the edge," those precarious points where passion and pathology walk a fine line in recovery, service, and self-care.
  2. Name ways to cultivate care, containment, and spiritual resourcing.
 Salon F
10:30am - 10:45am Break Salon E
10:45am - 12:15pm
CE: 1.50

Session 11. Evaluating and Addressing Depression and Suicide in the Medical/Licensed Professional

  • Presentation Handout
  • Lantie Jorandby, MD; Chief Medical Officer, Lakeview Health; Jacksonville, Florida


  1. Review the unique risks of depression and suicide for medical professionals.
  2. Understand how these risks affect patient care.
  3. Discuss effective treatment interventions for medical professionals.
Salon F
12:15pm - 1:30pm Membership Luncheon (open to all attendees and exhibitors)  Salon E
1:30pm - 2:45pm
CE: 1.25
Session 12. Mindfulness and Spiritual Awakening
  • Presentation Handout
  • James “Wolf” Yoxall, CSC, Ordained Minister, MA; Spiritual/Wellness Director; Pavillon; Mill Spring, North Carolina


  1. Participants will come to understand the importance of mindfulness practices and spiritual awareness to help free themselves from stress and apply better self-care in their daily lives.
  2. Participants will engage in practical exercises of mindfulness and ways of connecting to their spiritual belief that will enhance their overall wellbeing. These exercises will be structured to take back to their work place or home to enhance their over-all sense of wellbeing.
Salon F
2:45pm Conference Closing  
3:45pm - 4:45pm NOAP Board of Directors and Conference Planning Committee Meeting  Santa Fe




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