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Where Behavioral Health EHR Vendors are Missing In Action with Doug Edwards

Join Doug Edwards, Vice President and Managing Director of Vendome Healthcare Media’s Behavioral Healthcare division, joins us to today to discuss what is trending in Behavioral Healthcare today and what EHR vendors are missing when it comes to marketing their software.

Join Doug Edwards at this years National Conference on Addiction Disorders in Denver, Co.

Some of the questions we asked Doug are listed below:

What big trends have you seen in the behavioral health field during your 15 year career?

Why do you think investors are interested in behavioral healthcare now?

Should providers be concerned about the amount of “new money” flowing into the field?

Does the increased investment in the field only apply to for-profits? What about for not-for-profits? 

What is the role of information technology and EHRs in relation to the investment flowing into treatment centers?

Where can providers turn to for information on selecting EHRs?

What trends should providers be preparing for now?

How can listeners become more engaged with Behavioral Healthcare magazine?

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EHR Technology in Addiction Treatment: Bill Connors GM Addiction Treatment

Bill Connors, MSW, General Manager of Addiction Management and Treatment is responsible for go-to-market strategies and client relationships within Netsmart’s Addiction Community and product development in our Abstinence based and Medication Assisted Treatment providers. Connors joined Netsmart’s executive team from Sequest, following its acquisition by Netsmart in 2011. He had served as the company’s chief executive officer. Prior to working at Sequest, Connors was chief information officer of a large community mental health center in New Jersey. A licensed clinical social worker with experience in addiction treatment, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, public school system and in-home family therapy settings, Connors combines his passions for direct service and systems-based thinking and research in his role. Connors is a nationally-recognized expert on the subject of software implementation within behavioral health and substance use communities and he speaks regularly on the topic. He holds a master’s of social work and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Rutgers University. Connors is a member of the board of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC), on the subcommittee of the Illinois Health Information Exchange (ILHIE), as well as several committees in New York where he is nationally charged with integrating behavioral healthcare and addiction services within regional health information exchanges. He has held chairman’s position several times for the Software and Technology Vendors Association.

Bill joins our host Kristin Sunanta Walker live from The National Conference on Addiction Disorders to discuss how Netsmart is focusing on serving the technology needs of the Addiction and Recovery market.

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Elements Behavioral Health: An Interview with Amy Smith

Amy P. Smith is the National Clinical Outreach Director for the largest Behavioral Health Organization in the United States with centers such as Promises, The Ranch, The Sundance Center and more. Connecting with Amy at The National Conference on Addiction Disorders was a highlight for the Mental Health News Radio Team. Hear about why Elements is the amazing organization it is, as well as, Amy sharing her personal story of recovery.

We also enjoyed dinner hosted by Elements at the National Conference of Addiction Disorders.

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Animal Assisted Therapy Programs: Counselor Jason Davies

Jason Davies joins hosts Kristin Sunanta Walker and Melissa Richards to discuss being a part of The National Conference on Addiction Disorders in Denver, CO. Jason is a counselor with Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado. He’s brought one of the dogs he utilizes in his therapy sessions, Harley. We talk about the work the organization does and how animals like rats, horses, rabbits, and dogs are used for effective human treatment!


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The Recovery Process for Partners of Sex Addicts with Dr. Stephanie Carnes

Stefanie Carnes, Ph.D., CSAT-S. is the President of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, a company that provides training and materials to addiction professionals. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an AAMFT approved supervisor. She works as a clinical consultant at Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Her area of expertise includes working with patients and families struggling with multiple addictions such as sexual addiction, eating disorders, and chemical dependency. Dr. Carnes is also a certified sex addiction therapist and supervisor, specializing in therapy for couples and families struggling with sexual addiction. She presents regularly at conferences at both the state and national levels. She is also the author of numerous publications, the editor of the book, Mending a Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts, and co-author of Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts. She currently co-facilitates Module 2 in the Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Training.

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Dr. Carnes is one of the presenters at this years National Conference on Addiction Disorders in Denver, CO.

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Technology in Addiction and Recovery at CeDAR with Steven Millette, LMHC, LAC

Steve Millette has 25 years experience in the behavioral health and addiction services recovery field in the roles of clinician, trainer, supervisor and administrator. His competencies include clinical best practice implementation, treatment innovation, 12-step recovery programming and organizational leadership and development. He previously served as the Executive Director of Treatment Services at Pavillon International in North Carolina, a nationally known center for the treatment of addictions and related mental health disorders. In addition, Mr. Millette has held top administrative positions at prominent treatment facilities within the state of Florida, including Hanley-Hazelden. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Assumption College and his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Nova University. Mr. Millette is a licensed mental health and addiction counselor.


Interviewed live at The National Conference of Addiction Disorders in Denver, CO 2016

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A New Path to Addiction and Recovery: An Interview with Kristen Smith

Kristen Smith is Director of Marketing for A New Path. She has always been passionate and enthusiastic about helping people. Kristen earned a degree in Business Marketing in 2000 from Texas Christian University to create a platform for blending her business and people skills. After working for an advertising agency in Houston for two years she recognized her disease of alcoholism and checked herself into treatment. As she created a new life rooted in recovery, Kristen realized she could bring both her marketing background and personal experience to a position with a treatment center. This began a career in an industry that helps not only the individuals they treat but everyone around them. Kristen has brought her expertise in marketing and outreach to the recovery industry since 2003, a year after she began her own journey in recovery. Originally from Texas, Kristen moved to Southern California in March of 2014 – she loves it! When she is not creating, planning or building relationships for A New Path you can find her at the beach, on her road bike or on a yoga mat. Kristen also consults for various addiction treatment centers regarding marketing, culture and leadership.

Kristen is one of the presenters at The National Conference on Addiction Disorders in Denver, CO.

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Gender Matters: An Interview with Beck Gee-Cohen, MA LADC

Live interviews from The National Conference on Addiction Disorders in Denver, CO are high volocity. Join one of the speakers Beck Gee-Cohen discussing Gender Matters. Serious talk with some great laughter and witty reparte make for a interview with some “meat on the bones”.

Beck is originally from Los Angeles, CA. Beck completed undergraduate work in the field of Sociology with a focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Addiction from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Beck’s undergraduate thesis was a study on addiction in LGBTQ rural communities. Beck’s master’s degree is in Addiction Studies from Hazelden. Beck received an Excellence in Writing Award from Hazelden graduate program; the paper focused on training addiction counselors to give better treatment to LGBTQ clients. Beck has facilitated trainings and given lectures around the country at conferences, to prisons, to schools, to treatment centers and everywhere in between focusing on LGBTQ communities and addiction. Beck is very passionate about the Transgender community and the effects of addiction and stigma within the TransLGBQ populations. Beck continues to train clinicians and facility staff on LGBTQ issues, help facilities establish LGBT inclusive policies, and provide program development for facilities that want to expand their services to LGBTQ populations. Beck is currently the NorthEast Professional Outreach Representative for The Refuge-A Healing Place in Ocklawaha, Florida.

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Recovery and Trauma Expert Dr. Arthur Trotzky on Mental Health News Radio

Dr. Arthur Trotzky is an internationally known treatment specialist with many years of professional work in varied therapeutic settings. From 2005-2011, He was case manager in the Recovering Professionals Program at Ridgeview Institute in Smyrna, Georgia. Prior to his work at Ridgeview, he was a senior staff therapist for the Kibbutz Child and Family Clinic in Israel for 27 years and Clinical Director of Israel’s first twelve-step rehabilitation centers. He served in the IDF Medical Corps in a mobile trauma unit treating combat reactions and victims of terrorism.

Arthur discusses his passion for the field, his high praise for Safety Net Recovery, and his upcoming presentation at this years National Conference on Addiction Disorders in Denver Colorado.

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Weed, Addiction, UA Screenings, Ethics, Narcissism: Ben Cort No Holds Barred!

Ben Cort is one of the multi-session presenters and speakers at this years National Conference on Addiction Disorders in Denver, CO.  He is the business development manager for the Center for Addiction Recovery and Rehabilitation (CeDAR), part of the University of Colorado Health system. Sober since 1996, Cort is a junior fellow at the University of Florida’s Drug Policy Institute and serves on the boards of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) and the Stout Street Foundation. From 2007 to 2012, he helped start, sat on the board of, and was the first full-time employee of Phoenix Multisport, a nonprofit that builds sober communities around sport and healthy activities. Until 2007, Cort was a director at an S&P 500 firm.

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