2018 Opioid Abuse & Heroin Overdose Solutions Summit

3rd Annual Opioid Abuse and Heroin Overdose Solutions Summit

Learning Together to Change Outcomes

The opioid epidemic continues to plague our communities, but great efforts have been made to address prevention and treatment of drug abuse, as well as change the attitudes and stigma surrounding it. After the amazing success of last year's sold out event, GDAHC and the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority will be hosting the 3rd Annual Opioid Abuse and Heroin Overdose Solutions Summit at Burton Manor. This year's theme is "Learning Together to Change Outcomes," as families, employers, local communities, schools, law enforcement, and health providers all have a stake in wellness and in helping our community members get and stay healthy. At the event, we will dive into new policies, programs, and institutions that have been developed to change how we tackle this widespread disease.
More details, such as speakers, are to follow!!

Registration & Sponsorship

Register Here!

Last year's event was SOLD OUT, therefore we strongly encourage early registration! Registration includes meals and 5.5 MCBAP approved specific education credit hours awarded by DWMHA. The cost is $40 for GDAHC and DWMHA Provider Network members and $65 for non-members.

Table and booth sponsorships are also available! A detailed list of sponsorship packages can be viewed here. Please contact Nicki Gabel at ngabel@gdahc.org or 248-282-6911 for more information or to become a sponsor.

When & Where?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
7:30 to 4:30
Burton Manor
27777 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia, MI 48150
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To view and download an event flyer, please click here.

Topics & Speakers

An Innovative Approach by the VA System: Using Complimentary and Integrative Modalities to fight the Opioid Epidemic given by Bassam Batarsa, MD, Medical Acupuncturist, John D Dingell VA Medical Center



The Family's Role - Our Youth, Schools, and Community panel discussion moderated by Andrea Isom, WXYZ Reporter. Panel includes:

  • Grenae Dudley, The Youth Connection
  • Monique Stanton, President & CEO, CARE of Southeastern Michigan
  • Hassan F. Abdallah, Executive Director, SAFE Substance Abuse Coalition
  • Lauryn Mitchell, A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition Youth Taskforce Leader
  • Brian Spitsbergen, Director of Community Relations, Growth Works, Inc.
  • Gregory Gadbois, MD, Medical Director, Priority Health

Why and How We Got Here, and What We are Doing About It given by Ranaldo Ollie, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration

Working Together to Influence Change panel discussion moderated by Andrea Isom, WXYZ Report. Panel includes:

  • Cathy Gallagher, Diversion Program Manager, Detroit Field Division, Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Jeffery A. Coady, Psy. D., ABPP, CAPT, United States Public Health Service, SAMHSA Regional Administrator
  • Judge Clifton, 25th District Court, Lincoln Park
  • Athina Siringas, Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Deputy Chief Special Prosecutions
  • Inspector Emmitt McGowan, Assistant District Commander, Second District Headquarters, Michigan State Police
  • Patick Stropes, Supervisor, Peer Recovery Support Services, Growth Works, Inc.

MAPS Update & New Opioid Laws given by Kimberly Gaedeke, Acting Deputy Director, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)

The Role of Acute Care Prescribing in the Opioid Epidemic given by Calista Harbaugh, MD, General Surgery Resident University of Michigan, Michigan-OPEN

Educating the Medical Community - One Practice Can Make a Difference in Your Community given by Dr. Abdulhassan Saad, Primary Care Physician

Employers and Providers Are Making a Difference: Reaching Out and Changing Stigma, Updating Benefit Plans and Services panel discussing moderated by Andrea Isom, WXYZ Reporter. Panel includes:

  • Jerry Carson, UAW International Representative, Chaplaincy/ESSP, UAW-Ford National Programs Center
  • Beth Combs, Vice President of Clinical Operations, Health Management Systems of America
  • Duan DiFranco, Senior Medical Director, Blue Care Network of Michigan
  • Teresa Bartlett, Senior Vice President and Senior Medical Officer, Sedgwick CMS
  • Darlene Owens, Director, Substance Use Disorders Initiatives, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
  • Dorrie Tompsett, ADA Specialist, Integrated Leave Management, Meijer

To view or download a full agenda, please click here

Presenting Sponsor

St. Mary Mercy Livonia

Elite Sponsor

Delta Dental

Associate Sponsor

BeaumontSedgwickTeam Wellness Center

Community Sponsor

Molina Healthcare of Michigan