Sunday, September 22, 2019

Pre-Conference Institutes

  • CEO/Executive Leadership Pre-Conference 


9:00am – 4:45pm
The Addiction Nursing Institute: Fostering Innovation, Integration, Efficiency, Efficacy & Outcomes
This year’s Nursing Institute pre-conference will capture innovated perspectives relevant to advancing addiction nursing care.   Integrating community resources to promote efficient and efficacious outcomes are highlighted.   Sessions on services for pregnant woman, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and medically assisted treatment including rules and regulations regarding methadone will be presented. Stigma will be explored as a barrier to care. Click Here for the Full Agenda  


Welcome Reception
Location: Ballroom Foyer & North Corridor

Monday, September 23, 2019 

7:30am – 5:00pm
Registration Desk Open
Location: Grand Foyer Registration


8:00am - 9:00am
Continental Breakfast
Location: Event Center


8:00am – 5:00pm
Exhibit Hall Open
Location: Event Center


9:00am - 10:30am
Opening Plenary Session
Location: Event Center


10:30am - 11:00am
Conference Break
Location: Event Center


11:00am - 12:30pm
100 Workshop Series    


101 - Behavioral Health Care Collaboratives (BHCC) – Lessons Learned - Preparing for Value Based Payments (VBP)

The workshop will include discussion from state and Behavioral Health Care Collaboratives (BHCCS) representatives regarding lessons learned from the BCHC to strengthen the role of BH providers in VBP arrangements.
Presenter (s): Ilyana Meltzer, APA, NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services


102 - 'How can we help you?' - Harm Reduction and Case Management Join Forces for Better Outcomes
Presenters will describe and share lessons learned from an integrated service model that pairs Case Management (CM) with Harm Reduction (HR) for increased client safety and engagement. We will discuss evidence-based practices to assess and identify users who may be optimally suited for an integrated CM/HR approach, how to develop individual goals and objectives to reflect the person’s stage of change, present emerging science and case samples to highlight the potential benefits and discuss the ongoing engagement with other service providers using the “warm hand-off” approach and Peer Recovery Advocates. The presentation will also seek audience input on additional service integration strategies and techniques to maximize ongoing engagement with services.

Presenter (s): Joseph Castelluccio, MSW, CASAC, Senior Vice President, NADAP
Joe Chacon, MA, Assistant Director, Project ACE, NADAP


103 - Emerging Trends in Opioid Abuse and the Shifting Landscape Towards Fentanyl and Other Alternatives

Rates of prescription opioid abuse have leveled off, yet there have been sharp increases in the use of heroin and other illicit drugs. This program focuses on emerging trends in drug use, including the history of opioids, the rise of illicit fentanyl and the addition of it to other illicit drugs, including cocaine and methamphetamine. Discussion will also include how these trends have come with a shift towards prescribing alternatives to opioids, such as gabapentinoids, resulting in their potential misuse and abuse.
 Presenter (s): Joseph Stanton, Associate Director, Clinical Affairs, Millennium Health


104 - Converting from 819 to 820 - Managing the Process and Building Teams

Comprehensive review that offers insight into the process and planning for conversion that determine level of care needs, patient treatment, and transition into the new 820 paradigm.
 Presenter (s): Eric Moore, MSW, Program Director, Samaritan Daytop Village


105 - Treatment and Recovery Support - An Interdependent Relationship

During the past couple of years, we have seen the expansion of recovery supports being utilized more diversely than ever. To this end, grass-root organizations have emerged to train and organize family advocates and peer coaches in creative ways. The workshop will demonstrate the synergistic benefits of a strong collaboration between treatment provider and peers when organized into a formal linkage agreement.

Presenter (s): John Venza, LCSW-R, LMHC, Vice President of Adolescent & Residential Services, Outreach Development Corporation

106 - "Third Way" - Harm Reduction Approaches to Treatment - "Meeting Folks Where They Are, But Not Leaving Them There"

Utilizing a Harm Reduction Approach, Exponents has been successfully able to engage active drug and alcohol users into Outpatient treatment and help them identify ways they can live more productive lives. A brief treatment track that is structured and targeted to teach participants ways to manage day to day stressors while reducing and ultimately making self-determined decisions to change their behavior has set a foundation for long lasting changes.

 Presenter (s): Joseph R.  Turner, JD, Co-Founder, President/CEO, Exponents


12:30pm - 2:00pm
Women’s Luncheon
There is an additional fee of $50 to attend the women’s luncheon. Tickets are available when you register to attend the conference and a limited number of tickets will be for sale on-site.


2:00pm - 3:30pm
200 Workshop Series    


201 - Quality Measurement for VBP:  Practical Implications for practice and quality improvement

This presentation will be an update on the substance use disorder Performance and Outcome measures pertaining to DSRIP and VBP. The audience will be updated on the progress that OASAS and The Center have made statewide and nationally on substance use disorder measures.


  • Shazia Hussain, MPH, Research Scientist, NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

  • Patricia Lincourt, LCSW, Associate Commissioner for Addiction Treatment and Recovery, NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

  • Charles Neighbors, PhD, MBA, Director of Health Services Research, Center on Addiction


202 - Peers & Supervisors - Partnering for Ethical Practice

Peer Recovery professionals (peer advocates and recovery coaches) are increasingly adding value to, and improving outcomes on, the continuum of care in a variety of treatment and recovery settings across New York State.  Supervisors, in their dual role as manager-mentors, are among the most effective partners in successfully integrating peers and encouraging optimal, ethical performance.  This workshop explores issues and challenges for peer-supervisor partnerships and options for building stronger ethical practice throughout the field.

 Presenter(s): Ruth Riddick, NYCB, Community Outreach, Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State


203 - Not What is Wrong with You but What Happened to You: Examining the links between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders (SUD)in a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC)

Together we will explore the challenges, successes and need for integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders, specifically those with PTSD. We will discuss the many services provided for individuals beyond clinical therapy that is included in a CCBHC agency.


  • Jamy Stammel, LCSW, BestSelf Behavioral Health

  • Caitlin Lachaal, LMSW, BestSelf Behavioral Health


204 - The Stigma about Stigma

Substance Use Disorder is among the most stigmatized conditions around the world and in the US. Personal, Structural and Societal Stigmas can prevent individuals from living their best lives. Come join us for an honest indepth look at how our policies, languague and actions impact the very population we serve.

 Presenter (s): Kym Laube, Executive Director, HUGS, Inc.


205 - What the Heck Do These Numbers Mean and Why Do They Matter? Clinician Motivation in a Data Driven World

In an increasingly outcome driven environment, it is critical that all provider roles are able to use data to improve performance.  This can be challenging for clinicians who utilize process driven markers to assess for their job performance and patient improvement, and who sometimes see tech talk as a foreign language.  Being able to communicate with your agency’s data geek can assist clinicians and managers alike to leverage already stored data to motivate clinical best practices and patient outcomes.

Presenter (s):

  • Kelsey Silver, Director of Quality and Information, Outreach Development Corporation

  • Mary Brite, LCSW, CASA, CVice President of Outpatient Services, Outreach Development Corp


3:30pm – 6:30pm
ASAP 20th Anniversary Reception
Location: Event Center


Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

7:30am – 5:00pm
Registration Desk Open
Location: Grand Foyer Registration


7:45am - 8:45am
Continental Breakfast
Location: Event Center


7:45am – 3:30pm
Exhibit Hall Open
Location: Event Center


8:45am - 10:00am
Plenary Session


10:00am - 10:30am
Conference Break
Location: Event Center


10:30am - 12:00pm
300 Workshop Series    


301 – Managing for Organizational Change: Value Based Approaches to Promoting a Healing Environment

This workshop will outline and provide insight into how purposefully applying a strategic dimensional model of leadership can promote healthy organizational change and supports alignment with the “Triple Aim” of value-based healthcare. Educational Alliance implemented a formal strategic plan built on a logic model and theory of change to re-organize their substance use and co-occurring disorder prevention, treatment and recovery programs and services. This workshop will explore three distinct pilot interventions and other lessons learned to cultivate an organizational shift that allows for Value Based readiness and best in practice services; while outlining the metrics and achieving the positive outcomes needed for value-based healthcare reform in 2020.
Presenter (s):

  • Robert Anderson, Executive Director, Educational Alliance, Inc.

  • Andrew Cavanagh, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, Educational Alliance, Inc.


302 - The Impaired Professional

Over the past few years, there has been increased awareness given to the topic of Impaired professionals. Professions, such as social work, medicine, nursing psychology, and addiction treatment have paid increased attention to the problem of impaired practitioners. Impairment may involve failure to provide competent care or violation of a profession’s ethical standards. It may take such forms as providing flawed or inferior services to a client, sexual involvement with a client, or failure to carry out one’s duties because of addiction (substance abuse or gambling) or mental illness. Strategies for dealing with professionals whose work is affected by problems such as addiction, mental illness, and emotional stress have become more prevalent and visible.
 Presenter (s):

  • Katie Kirkpatrick, Chief Talent Officer, St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers

  • Debra Pantin, President/CEO, Outreach Development Corp.

  • Robert Kent, JD, General Council, NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services

  • Charlie Morgan, Retired Medical Director, NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services

  • Zachary Randolph, MA, MAC, CASAC, CAMS-1, Inpatient Services Director, St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers


303 - Changing the Conversation: Is it an Opiate Epidemic or an Addiction Epidemic?

After providing a brief history of the Therapeutic Community, contrary to what many believe, the modified Therapeutic Community is, in fact, an exemplary approach to managing certain individuals who are suffering through the nation's opiate epidemic.  The TC's efficacy with regard to substance abuse of any kind which now begins at a younger age than ever before, the resultant criminality and other behavioral problems as well as widespread familial dysfunction have left the adolescent/young adult population with serious bio-psychosocial deficits which require the same attention as their drug dependence.  Today's TC is fully operational in its ability to employ detoxification and other medication to alleviate the discomfort experienced early on in the treatment setting - however, and with particular emphasis to the adolescent/young adult population, it is the firm belief of those who service this population that, over time, abstinence from all substances should be the objective. This will oppose the idea that long term dependence on preventive medication is a necessity.

 Presenter (s): Kathleen Cullen, MA, CASAC-2, Clinical Staff, Dynamic Youth Community


304 - Integration, Innovation and Collaboration

This workshop will provide attendees with the most up to date information on integrated care in NYS, innovative approaches to VBP and examples of collaboration with MCO’s to support state efforts and alleviate barriers.

 Presenter (s):

  • Danielle Olsen, Director, Bureau of Practice Innovation and Care Management, NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services

  • Marc Manseau, MD, MPH, Chief of Medical Services, NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services

 305 - Putting Data to Work for You: Driving Improved Outcomes for Measures that Matter

Discover how to make data work for you, how to connect it to demonstrating value and why it is a critical component in driving improvements that matter. Understand the importance of establishing foundational metrics in a value-based payment environment along with available resources for key indicators. Learn how to effectively use data visualization to bolster communications and tell a story. Techniques will be shared that help you take action on the data you have to drive quality improvement and enhance organizational efficiencies.

 Presenter (s):

  • Lynette Thelen, MBA, Senior Consultant, CCSI’s Center for Collaboration in Community Health

  • Briannon O’Connor, PhD, Director of Strategic Analytics and Performance Improvement, CCSI


12:00pm - 1:30pm
Executive Leadership Luncheon
There is an additional fee of $50 to attend the Executive Leadership luncheon. Tickets are available when you register to attend the conference and a limited number of tickets will be for sale on-site.


1:30pm – 3:00pm
400 Workshop Series


401 - Cultural Competency - A Journey Not an Event

Are you culturally competent, aware or humble? Is your organization? There are a number of determinants for cultural competency, layers for cultural awareness and significant intricacies for humility.  In this workshop, we hope to bring awareness of the on-going need for competency training and implementation of strategies that increase cultural competence.

 Presenter (s): Deirdre Rice-Reese, AVP Residential Treatment Services, Samaritan Village


402 - Patterns of alcohol and drug use among NYS young adults from 2015 to 2018: Results from the NYS PFS grant Young Adult Survey

SAMHSA’s 2014 Partnerships for Success (PFS) project New York State cohort focused prevention efforts on non-medical use of opioid prescription drugs and heroin use among 12 to 17 and 18 to 25-year olds. In this study, data from the 2015 and 2018 PFS Young Adult Survey (YAS) administrations were analyzed. Participant activities will include the application of knowledge gained from the data within their respective geographic regions to the creation of prevention strategies and interventions for young adults.

Presenter (s): Deborah Chapin, PhD, Research Scientist II, NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services


403 - Screening for Trauma and PTSD

The under- and mis-diagnosis of PTSD is quite common in most treatment settings due to common problems in the  assessment process. This workshop will present best practices for trauma/PTSD screening.  Participants will learn why and how to use validated screening tools and how results should be used to effectively treat clients.

 Presenter (s): Liliane Drago, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Project, Inc.


404 - Braiding Resources to Expand Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Capacity in a Rural Community

GCASA and its community partners have utilized an effective collaboration model and grants from a variety of funders to significantly increase prevention, treatment, and recovery capacity in rural Genesee and Orleans Counties in under two years. Join us for a discuss of the partnerships that have been integral to these successes, the funding streams we have secured, what winning grants has entailed, lessons we have learned along the way, and how we have utilized support from multiple funders to expand medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services, strengthen and activate a tri-county Opioid Task Force, establish robust Peer recovery support services, implement a Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI), offer housing, transportation, and childcare services, and more.

 Presenter (s):

  • Rosalie Mangino-Crandall, Director of Project Innovation and Expansion, GCASA

  • John Bennett, Executive Director, GCASA


405 - Engaging Individuals with an Opioid Use Disorder (OUD): The Impact of Medication-Assisted Treatment  

An overview of effective strategies to engage and retain individuals with an OUD in treatment.  The presentation will review the limitations of the traditional treatment system as well as effective strategies to enhance care using MAT and other interventions.  Data from a large, managed care organization in PA as well as national research will be reviewed.

 Presenter (s): David Loveland, PhD, Senior Program Director, Community Care


3:00pm – 3:30pm
Conference Break
Location: Event Center


3:30pm – 5:00pm
500 Workshop Series


501 - Building an Integrated Treatment Model in a Comprehensive Clinic

Will provide information on how to integrate Substance Use Disorder, Mental Health, and Physical Health care in behavioral health clinics serving patients from childhood through older adulthood.

 Presenter (s):

  • Jennifer Seib, LMHC, CASAC, is the Director of Clinical Substance Use Disorder Services, BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. 

  • Elizabeth Woike-Ganga, Chief Operating Officer, BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc.


502 - Integrating Peer Professionals within the Substance Use Continuum of Care

This workshop will introduce participants to the Relay model, a peer delivered approach in implementing a nonfatal opioid overdose response system that collaborates with local hospitals, providers, peer professional services and recovery-oriented programs. Participants will be engaged in learning how the Relay model has integrated and expanded the role of peer professionals and provides continuous professional development for peers. Participants will be guided through interactive exercises/tools to operationalize implementing peer professionals within the substance use continuum of care.

 Presenter (s):

  • Michael Serrano, Wellness Advocate Supervisor, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

  • Cathy Kelleher, CASAC-T, CRPA, RELAY Trainer, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


503 - Family Systems Models in Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Providers from both Odyssey House and Samaritan Daytop Village will provide an overview of their respective trauma-informed family systems models in their existent mother and child programs and describe how SAMHSA grant funded services were implemented, identify targeted interventions and expected outcomes as well as provide guidance on program implementation barriers.

 Presenter (s):

  • Sarah March, Women's Coordinator, Samaritan Daytop Village

  • Danielle Mills, MSEd, CRC, Assistant Program Director, Odyssey House’s George Rosenfeld Center for Recovery


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

8:00am – 1:00pm
Registration Desk Open
Location: Grand Foyer Registration  


8:00am – 9:00am
Continental Breakfast
Location: Event Center


Time: TBD
OASAS General Session