Conference Highlights Opioid Crisis Strategies; Legislators and Service Providers to Be Honored

NJAMHAA will host its Annual Conference, The Ivy League of Behavioral Health, Policy, and Practice in Action, April 15 and 16, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Princeton in Plainsboro, NJ.


Day 1: April 15, 2019
* 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.: Keynote presentation, Effective Strategies for Dealing with the Opioid Crisis: Prevention, Treatment and Policy Implications, A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, Founder, Treatment Research Institute, Emeritus Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
* 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.: State Leadership Panel - Department of Community Affairs and Department of Human Services
* 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Top of their League: Courage and Compassion Awards Reception, sponsored by SERV Behavioral Health Systems, which will be honored with the Princeton University Tiger Award: Outstanding Provider of the Year. The federal and state legislators and other providers listed below will also be honored:
? Frank Pallone, U.S. Congressman, Chair, House Energy and Commerce Committee, Federal Champion for Health Care Award
? Joseph F. Vitale, State Senator, Chair of the State Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, State Champion for Health Care Award
? Louis D. Greenwald, Assembly Majority Leader, Leadership in Increasing Access to Substance Use Treatment Award
? John Thompson, MS, CPRS, Senior Director of Prevention and Recovery Support Services, Center for Family Services, University of Pennsylvania Quaker Award: Outstanding Peer Leader
? Dorothy Scott, Housing First Behavioral Care Specialist, South Jersey Behavioral Health Resources, Brown University Bear Award: Outstanding Direct Care Provider
? * Tara Chalakani, LPC, NCC, ACS, RN, Vice President, Mental Health Services for Youth and Families, Preferred Behavioral Health Group, Yale University Bulldog Award: Outstanding Leader in Children's Services
? Sandra Marie Connolly, MD, CCHP-P, Medical Director, Northern State Prison, University Correctional Health Care, Columbia University Lion Award: Outstanding Leader in Adult Services
? Neva Pryor, MS, Executive Director, Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc., Leadership in Addressing Problem Gambling Award
? Jim Romer, MDiv, Former Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services, RWJBarnabas - Monmouth Medical Center, and President, Mental Health Emergency Services Association, Lifetime Leadership in Mental Health Emergency and Screening Services Award

Day 2: April 16, 2019
? 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.: Keynote Presentation, This is Your Time!: Susan Dreyfus, BA, President and CEO, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, will discuss the Alliance's signature report, A National Imperative: Joining Forces to Strengthen Human Services in America.
? 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.: Plenary Session: What's in Your Bag? Unpacking One Item at a Time: William Michael Barbee, Director/Producer/Author/Entrepreneur, Airmid Counseling Services, LLC, will inspire the audience as he shares his battles with severe depression and numerous successes he has achieved.

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