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Legalizing Marijuana – The Conversation We Should Be Having: Dr. R. Corey Waller

 

Dr. Corey Waller joins us for a discussion about the consequences of legalizing marijuana from the media room at National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference. Dr. Waller is a multi-session presenter and we are so glad he could take some time out during the conference for some sound bites about his work. Take a listen and hear factual information that should be part of our national conversation about marijuana usage.

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The Mental Healthcare Paradigm: Eileen Joseph, CEO of CareLink Community Support Services

Join us live from Las Vegas, Nevada at the annual conference for The National Council for Behavioral Health. Our goal was to speak with presenters and guests. Eileen Joseph stopped by the media room to give us her thoughts on the most esteemed conference supporting our favorite sector of healthcare: Behavioral Health. Eileen discusses what CareLink Community Support Services offers their client population, what their technology needs are, and how the ever changing paradigm of mental health is affecting their organization.

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From The Gridiron to Addiction Recovery With Randy Grimes

We had the pleasure of meeting Randy and Lydia Grimes at the Navigating the World of Addiction conference in Littleton Colorado. Randy and Lydia were there with the treatment center they passionately serve Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches. Sharing the stage to discuss their story as a family was inspiring for all of us.  Randy made sure to invite Lydia to join him to share her part of the journey as well.  Addiction is a family disease and hearing from both husband and wife was powerful. Randy was an American football player who played center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1983 to 1992. He also played for Baylor University during the early 1980’s and was part of the 1980 Southwest Conference Champion Bears. He is now an interventionist, speaker, and part of the team at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches.

Our podcast is known for Keeping it Real and that is exactly what you get with Randy. This was very personal for the entire team at Mental Health News Radio and many of our listeners. A healing took place for all of us since meeting Randy and especially for our host Kristin Walker during this intimate and poignant interview. Our heartfelt thanks go out to him, his wife Lydia, his family and the staff of Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches.

Randy and Lydia continue to share their experience with addiction and recovery using their knowledge to help not only athletes but any family struggling with their road to recovery. We are honored to take part in working with Randy sharing the stories of the many lives saved because of USING YOUR VOICE.

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Mick Meagher on the Law and Addiction and Recovery Treatment Centers: A SLAPP!

Mick Meagher is a California State Bar member. He represents clients in Federal and State courts. His practice consists of matters related to SLAPP Litigation, Business Litigation and Consumer Protection. His SLAPP representation is primary focused on defense from SLAPP suits. In Business Litigation the focus is on contracts, trade secrets, and unfair business practices. His Consumer Protection Litigation addresses matters related to violations of the federal and state Fair Debt Collection Practices Acts. He holds a business degree, and prior to entering law spent over 17 years in Chemical Dependency Treatment, Intervention training, Treatment facility management and consulting.

Mick wrote the book Beginning of a Miracle: How to Intervene with the Addicted or Alcoholic Person. This book has been described as one of the best books ever written on the subject Intervention. Mick teaches the reader how to develop strategies to overcome the denial present in anyone who suffers from chemical dependence.

His business consulting service ranged from restructuring treatment centers that were failing to provided training for over 5,000 professionals to establish Intervention services. Participants in his programs include Attorneys in MCLE programs, members of Physician Well-Being Committees, Physicians, Therapists, Educators and business leaders.

Mick is one of the presenters at the Evolution of Addiction Treatment conference held in Los Angeles in February 2017.  What an amazing guest and proud, very, to air this show! For more information about Mick, please visit his website.

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Addiction Counselor Certification Board: An Interview with Carmen Donoto

Carmen Donato, BA, CATC III has worked with CAADE since 2014. She is currently the Outreach Coordinator for CAADE and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts in Human Services, with a concentration in Mental Health Recovery. She also has a Certificate of Completion in Alcohol & Drug Studies from Long Beach City College, one of CAADE’s accredited programs. She is credentialed as a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor and Certified Prevention Specialist under CAADE’s organization. She is currently at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, earning her Master’s Degree in Social Work and plans on also earning a Doctorate Degree in Forensics Psychology once completing her MA and after becoming an LCSW. Carmen loves her ministry, hanging with friends, spending time with family, different types of music, and learning new cultures. She wishes to also teach in the field of mental health, substance abuse, and addiction studies. Carmen is currently an Integrated Behavioral Health Clinician at St. John’s. Well Child and Family Center providing direct services to Spanish speaking, under-deserved low SES, Co-Occurring Dx, LGBTQIA+, and/or Dual Dx individuals, while using a holistic approach and working with a Muti-Disciplinary team.

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CAADE was a part of The Evolution of Addiction Treatment conference held in Los Angeles  California in 2017.

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California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals: Kristina Padilla

Kristina Padilla is a leader with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), where she serves as the Director of Education. She also is Director of Business Development wherein she travels throughout California and the nation bringing addiction focused businesses together to promote the profession, increase access to services and improve the quality of AOD service provision through education, business development, and investment in quality programming.  Formerly she served as the Education Director for the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC). Ms. Padilla led California’s innovative criminal justice program serving as the Offender Mentor Certification Program Director for three years where she managed 12 in-prison programs for training counselors. She worked closely with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in California prisons for the duration of the contract bringing innovation and growth to the state’s in custody treatment programming.  Ms. Padilla has a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Ms. Padilla is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LAADC), and an International Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (ICAADC). She is also a Certified Gang Specialist of the National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC) and is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and their Allies (NALGAP).

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Narcotics Anonymous: Lane Joins Us on Mental Health News Radio

Lane joins host Kristin Walker at The Evolution of Addiction Treatment conference held in Los Angeles, California.  He is a representative from Narcotics Anonymous. Lane joined the conference to represent the Southern California branch of NA.

Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. NA was founded in 1953, and our membership growth was minimal during our initial twenty years as an organization. Since the publication of our Basic Text in 1983, the number of members and meetings has increased dramatically. Today, NA members hold nearly 67,000 meetings weekly in 139 countries. We offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. Our name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol. Membership is free, and we have no affiliation with any organizations outside of NA including governments, religions, law enforcement groups, or medical and psychiatric associations. Through all of our service efforts and our cooperation with others seeking to help addicts, we strive to reach a day when every addict in the world has an opportunity to experience our message of recovery in his or her own language and culture.

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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.

www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com

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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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