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Tuesday, May 4

Week 1

(all times are Eastern)

1pm - 1:15pm

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Kathie Simpson, RN, BSN, CACPN; NOAP President; Irwin, Pennsylvania

1:15pm - 1:25pm

Meet the Platinum Sponsor (5 min) & Speaker Introduction

1:25pm - 2:40pm

CE: 1.25

Session 1. 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

Objectives:

  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.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Bundy is the Executive Medical Director of the Washington Physicians Health Program (WPHP), Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine and President-Elect of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs. Prior to joining WPHP, Dr. Bundy served as Mental Health Service Chief and Chief of Psychiatry at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System.  He is board certified in general and geriatric psychiatry and addiction medicine. His professional interests and recent speaking engagements center on physician health related to psychiatric disorders, substance use, cannabis legalization, burnout and professional fulfillment, aging and suicide.

2:40pm - 2:45pm

Meet USDTL, Gold Sponsor & Speaker Introduction

2:45pm - 3:45pm

CE: 1.00

Session 2. 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

Objectives:

  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.

Presenter Bio:

Maeve is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor with expertise as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and a Masters Degree in Education with a Counseling and Development specialization. After working almost 20 years in behavioral health in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia area, she moved to Texas in 2006. She has worked as a preventionist, counselor, manager, director and executive leader in community organizations, schools, treatment centers as well as private practice settings. Her broad experience with children, adolescents, adults and families has gifted her the opportunity to impact many lives. She has been married to her husband Dave for almost 20 years and has two children, Aidan 16yo and Delaney 13yo who keep her inspired to do more daily. Maeve is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator and has developed a staff development model specifically for behavioral healthcare called BHForce-Transforming Behavioral Health workFORCE focused on ethics, teamwork and organizational culture. As a former Behavioral Health Surveyor for The Joint Commission and a long career committed to excellence, Maeve has a passion for quality client care and safety. She currently works as Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for Addiction Campuses where she oversees all regulatory and accreditation efforts for 4 locations nationwide ensuring high quality and safe care. In this role she has the daily opportunity for staff training and education to build team cohesiveness, implementing best practices, as well as defining and monitoring performance improvement measures throughout the organization.

3:45pm - 4pm

Wrap Up

Thursday, May 6

Week 1

(all times are Eastern)

1pm - 1:10pm

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Suzanne Alunni-Kinkle, MSN, RN, CARN; NOAP 2021 Conference Chair

1:10pm - 1:20pm

Meet the Platinum Sponsor (5 min) & Speaker Introduction

1:20pm - 2:50pm

CE: 1.50


Session 3. FSPHP Guidelines for 2021

  • Presentation Handout
  • Paul H. Earley, MD, DFASAM; Georgia Professionals Health Program, Inc.; Atlanta, Georgia

Objectives:

  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.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Earley has worked in Addiction Medicine for 35 years. He treats all types of addictive disorders and specializes in the assessment, treatment and management of healthcare professionals. As a therapist he works with patients already in recovery, providing long term therapy for those who suffer from this disease. His professional expertise extends to advocacy for professionals before agencies and licensing boards. Dr. Earley is the Medical Director of the Georgia Professionals Health Program, Inc., the Physicians Health Program (PHP) for the state of Georgia and the President of the North American Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP). Dr. Earley is also the President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). He is a Distinguished Fellow of ASAM and has served on the board of ASAM for over 18 years in several capacities.  Dr. Earley is the recipient of the ASAM Annual Award in 2015. ASAM describes the award as “For outstanding contributions to the growth and vitality of our Society, for thoughtful leadership in the field, and for deep understanding of the art and science of Addiction Medicine” and “For expanding the frontiers of the field of Addiction Medicine and broadening our understanding of the addictive process, through research and innovation.”

2:50pm - 2:55pm

Meet the Gold Sponsor (1 min) & Speaker Introduction

2:55pm - 3:55pm

Session 4. TBD

3:55pm - 4pm

Wrap Up

Tuesday, May 11

Week 2

(all times Eastern)

1pm - 1:10pm

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Andrew Haviland, NOAP 2021 Conference Committee
    RAMP; Ewing, New Jersey

1:10pm - 1:20pm

Meet the Platinum Sponsor (5 min) & Speaker Introduction

1:20pm - 2:35pm

CE: 1.25

Session 5. National Practitioner Data Bank Medicare and Medicaid Exclusion List

  • Presentation Handout
  • Anastasia Timothy, MD, MPH; National Practitioner Data Bank; Washington, DC
  • Paul Lotterer, JD; National Practitioner Data Bank; Washington, DC

Objectives:

  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.

Presenter Bios:

Anastasia Timothy is a Dispute Resolution Manager in the Policy and Disputes Branch within the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).  Before joining NPDB in 2010, Dr. Timothy completed a HRSA Scholars Program where she served as a Public Health Analyst through various HRSA offices.  Dr. Timothy holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the St. Petersburg Medical Academy, Russia with a concentration in Preventive Medicine and Master of Public Health degree from the George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Paul Lotterer is a Dispute Resolution Manager in the Policy and Disputes Branch within the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).  He has been with the NPDB since 2015 and works on a number of policy-related topics, including medical malpractice payment reporting.  He also writes opinions on disputed NPDB reports, deciding whether the report remains in the NPDB or is removed from the NPDB.  Prior to the NPDB, Paul worked at the U.S. Department of State in a variety of positions and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia.  He has a bachelor’s degree in history and a J.D., and he has completed over 13 years of government service.

2:35pm - 2:40pm

Meet the Gold Sponsor (1 min) & Speaker Introduction

2:40pm - 3:55pm

CE: 1.25

Session 6. Considerations in the Treatment of LGBTQ Populations

  • Melissa Lee Warner, MD; Director of Professionals Programming, The Farley Center; Williamsburg, Virginia

Objectives:

  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.

Presenter Bio:

A Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine, Addiction Medicine Specialist, Dr. Melissa Lee Warner is a champion of recovery, who believes that every patient can achieve a life time of sobriety.  In this field for 3 decades, she approaches patients with kindness and compassion, while understanding in-depth the complex nature of this brain disease. She is a resource that helps patients learn how to heal; while they begin to commit to a lifelong path of recovery. She has worked extensively with licensed professionals such as attorneys, pilots, and healthcare providers, as well as active duty soldiers and their families; her heart has been deeply touched on the occasions she’s been privileged to work with gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals. Tobacco Sobriety and Abstinence-based, 12 Step Recovery treatment of disordered eating, are 2 additional passions of hers.

3:55pm - 4pm

Wrap Up

Thursday, May 13

Week 2

1pm - 1:15pm

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Myrtle Greene, PhD, LMHC, CAP, ICADC; NOAP President-Elect
    Intervention Project for Nurses; Jacksonville Beach, Florida

1:15pm - 2:30pm

CE: 1.25

Session 7. Program Sharing

  • Presentation Handout
  • Myrtle Greene, PhD, LMHC, CAP, ICADC; Intervention Project for Nurses; Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Objectives:

  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.

Presenter Bio:

Myrtle serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) with the Florida Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN). She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) as well as an International Certified Addiction Counselor (ICADC). Myrtle regularly provides workshops and trainings on "Workplace Impairment" to healthcare and nursing organizations also has authored professional publications on addiction in healthcare settings. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology and Master of Arts degrees in Counseling Psychology,Rehabilitation Counseling, and Philosophy. Her doctoral research focused on the effectiveness of training tools to improve nurses’ competency when addressing impairment in the workplace.Myrtle currently serves as President-Elect for the National Organization of Alternative Programs (NOAP). She is an advisory member of the Florida State College of Jacksonville (FSCJ) Nursing Education Advisory Committee.Other memberships include the Florida Quality and Unity in Nursing Council (QUIN), American Psychological Association (APA),National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Florida Mental Health Association (FMHA).

2:30pm - 2:35pm

Meet the Platinum Sponsor (5 min) & Speaker Introduction

2:35pm - 3:50pm

CE: 1.25

Session 8. Walking the Edge: Passion and Pathology in Recovery

  • Presentation Handout
  • Sherry Young, PhD, CSAT; RightFit Consulting

Objectives:

  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.

Presenter Bio:

Sherry Young, PhD, CSAT has worked in the Behavioral Health field as clinical liaison providing triage, assessment, admissions referral and advocacy for clients of licensed therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists who treat mental health and addictive disorders treatment resources.  From 1997 to the present, she has provided ongoing consultation for practice growth to therapists and counseling practices.  She has worked for various companies in the Behavioral Health and Addictions field since 2006 and is currently an independent consultant for a handful of companies who serve the needs of her referents’ clients.  Dr. Young taught psychology and literature at the college level from 1986-1994 and directed university study programs in Rome, Italy from 1994-1997.  She is a visionary who is a highly skilled educator, strategist in business development, advocate for recovery and personal growth and she inspires excellence and collaboration in all her relationships.  Sherry has three adult children and six grandchildren ranging in age from 33 – 9 and loves family get-togethers.  She lives in Taos, NM where she skis and hikes with her Bernedoodle, Sanders.  Sherry loves travel abroad, culture, architecture, classical music.  Her favorite quote comes from poet, Ranier Maria Rilke, “Live the questions.  Perhaps in some distant day you will live your way into the answers.”  My superpower is My Higher Power, the God of connections.  By day, when I’m not skiing or hiking, I’m on the phone with therapists, clients or family members, or traveling for face to face meetings with Professionals to share healing resources.

    3:50pm - 4pm

    Wrap Up

    Tuesday, May 18

    Week 3

    1pm - 2pm

    Business Meeting

    1. Agenda
    2. Business Meeting Minutes from 2019
    3. Member and Finance Report

    2pm - 2:15pm

    Meet the Platinum Sponsor (5 min) & Speaker Introduction

    2:15pm - 4pm

    CE: 1.75

    Session 9. MRO / Toxicology Panel Discussion

    • 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

    Objectives:

    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.

    4pm

    Wrap Up

    Thursday, May 20

    Week 3

    1pm - 1:05pm

    Welcome & Opening Remarks

    • Meg McGauley
      NOAP Board of Directors

    1:05pm - 1:15pm

    Meet the Platinum Sponsor (5 min) & Speaker Introduction

    1:15pm - 2:15pm

    CE: 1.00

    Session 10. 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

    Objectives:

    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.

    Presenter Bio:

    In August 2015, Jeff Wasserman’s professional career as a Delaware lawyer, and life as he knew it, came to an abrupt end because of gambling. An audit of his law firm’s books and records meant the gambling addiction, and the lies, dishonesty and deception that went with it, would be discovered. Although he came clean to his family, colleagues and close friends, severe depression and suicidal thoughts led Jeff to spend his first week of recovery as an inpatient in a psychiatric hospital. More than four years later, Jeff is now the Judicial Outreach and Development Director for the Delaware Council on Gambling Problems where he leads efforts to raise awareness of gambling addiction in the criminal justice system. He is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and an International Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC-I). He also volunteers as a call taker on a problem gambling helpline, serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling and is the founder and facilitator of an online Problem Gambling Support Group with participants from the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. Jeff has been a presenter or keynote speaker for various organizations and institutions including, the Arizona Department of Gaming, Delaware State Bar Association, Montana State Bar Association, the National Council on Problem Gambling, the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Jeff has also been interviewed by local and national news outlets on problem gambling issues and is the co-host of “All In: The Addicted Gambler’s Podcast.”

      2:30pm - 2:35pm

      Meet the Gold Sponsor (1 min) & Speaker Introduction

      2:35pm - 3:50pm

      CE: 1.25

      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

      Objectives:

      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.

      Presenter Bio:

      Lantie Jorandby, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer of Lakeview Health, a dual diagnosis and addiction treatment center whose in-patient facility is located in Jacksonville, FL. Dr. Jorandby graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She attended medical school and completed her residency at the University of Florida. For seven years, Dr. Jorandby worked as a staff psychiatrist and mental health supervisor at the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Viera, Florida. After completing her Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Yale University, Dr. Jorandby became Medical Director for the dual diagnosis unit at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, which is ranked the top psychiatric hospital in the United States. She also served as faculty at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry. She is one of less than 200 physicians in the United States who is dual board certified in addiction medicine, and psychiatry and neurology. 

      3:50pm - 4pm

      Wrap Up

      Tuesday, May 25

      Week 4

      1pm - 1:05pm

      Welcome & Opening Remarks

      • Michael Ramirez, MS; NOAP 2021 Conference Co-Chair
        Montana Professional Assistance Program, Inc., Billings

      1:05pm - 1:15pm

      Meet the Platinum Sponsor (5 min) & Speaker Introduction

      1:15pm - 2:30pm

      CE: 1.25

      Session 12. 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

      Objectives:

      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.

      Presenter Bio:

      Mr. Smiley has worked as a statistician in the research department at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) for 19 years. During his time at NCSBN he has co-authored studies on the use of simulation in nursing education and conducted and reported on the National Nursing Workforce Survey.  He has under graduate degrees in mathematics and computer science and graduate degrees in statistics and demography.  He is past-president of the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association. Prior to coming to NCSBN, Mr. Smiley worked as a statistician in the Center for Survey Methods Research at the United States Census Bureau and as a statistician in at Amoco. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia teaching mathematics and statistics to middle school students.

      2:30pm - 2:35pm

      Meet the Gold Sponsor (1 min) & Speaker Introduction

      2:35pm - 3:35pm

      CE: 1.00

      Session 13. Mindfulness and Spiritual Awakening

      • Presentation Handout
      • James “Wolf” Yoxall, CSC, Ordained Minister, MA; Spiritual/Wellness Director; Pavillon; Mill Spring, North Carolina

      Objectives:

      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.

      Presenter Bio:

      James “Wolf” Yoxall, MA, CSC (Certified Spiritual Counselor) and Ordained Minister, is the Spiritual/Wellness Director at Pavillon, a center for the treatment of alcohol and  drug addictions located in Mill Spring, N.C. Wolf provides spiritual direction and wellness counseling, spiritual group process and lectures on the importance of spirituality and mindfulness practices in addiction treatment. Wolf served as an adjunct professor at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, teaching in the fields of world religions and Chinese history. Prior to that, Wolf served as the Spiritual Director for the Center of Truth and Vision, as Regional Director of an intensive in-home counseling agency and operated a private counseling practice. He is a published author and artist. Wolf is certified in Outdoor Education, Martial Arts and worked extensively with Native American and Chinese cultures. Wolf has been guiding people in all walks of life by providing spiritual guidance and practical wellness applications for over thirty years.

      3:35pm - 3:45pm

      Closing Remarks

      • Myrtle Greene, LMHC, CAP, ICADC; NOAP President-Elect
        Intervention Project for Nurses; Jacksonville Beach, Florida


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