Workshop Schedule (Central Time)

Thursday, November 14, 2019

8am-3pm Pacific / 9am-4pm Mountain / 10am-5pm Central / 11am-6pm Eastern

Schedule Below Shown for Central Time (10am - 5pm)

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9:30 - 10:00 am

PART 1: The Power of a Comprehensive Framework and Resource Hub
10:00 - 10:25 -- Introduction and Overview of the Comprehensive Framework & Resource Hub
10:30 -11:15 – Small Group Topic Breakout #1 (45 minutes).
Track 1: (In Person) - Reducing the Occurrence and Impact of NAS
Track 2: (In Person) - Improving Safe Storage & Disposal of Prescription Drugs
Track 3: (In Person) - Enhancing Peer Recovery Groups
Track 4: (In Person & Via Webinar) - Enhancing & Expanding SBIRT and Screening
Track 5: (In Person & Via Webinar) - Improving Protective Factors for Youth
11:15 - 11:40 - Break (Eastern Time Lunch) / Regroup / Sharing of a few highlights from the small groups (Pre-selected small group leaders to share & collect “Assists”)

PART 2: Innovative Approaches to Getting Funding and Resources
11:45 - 12:15 – Presentation on Innovative Ways to Get Funding & Resources
12:15 - 12:30 – Break (Central Time Lunch) / Discussion/Exercise of Funding Options
12:30 - 1:00 — Sharing of a few highlights from the small groups (Pre-selected small group leaders to share & collect “Assists”)

PART 3: Improving Mass Collaboration and Moving to Action
1:00 - 1:15 – Introducing the T.E.A.M. Approach for Accelerated Parallel Action
1:15 - 2:15 – Small Group Topic Breakout #2 (60 minutes) on Practical Steps for Expanding Collaboration
Same Five Tracks as Breakout #1

2:15 - 2:30 - Break (Pacific Time Lunch) / Regroup
2:30 - 2:40 – Nationwide Collaboration for Improving Effectiveness & Efficiency
2:40 - 2:55 – Details on the T.E.A.M. Approach, Introduction to the OMTA approach for Implementing Community Strategies, Developing Measures, Work Plans and a "Cadence of Action"
2:55 - 3:00 - Move to Breakout Groups
3:00 - 4:20 -- Small Group Topic Breakout #3 (80 minutes) This is a work session on structuring new or improved Strategies into Actions
(Same Five Tracks as Breakout #1 and #2)
4:30 - 5:00 – Sharing / Discussion, Instructions for Next Steps Closing Remarks, and Filling out Workshop Evaluations


About the Five Topics for the Breakout Sessions

During much of the workshop, participants will be in one of five breakout sessions. These topics allow participants to focus in on examples of things that could be done as part of an overall community strategy. These topics cover just some of the many elements of a comprehensive strategy, but by learning to use new resources and techniques, communities are building their capacity to use these techniques on many other topics.

Participants will stay with the same topic for all three of these breakout sessions so they can make progress on moving towards actions in these areas.

All five of the topics sessions will be facilitated by a local volunteer who will have take a short training course on their role as a small group facilitator. These local facilitator will be guiding the group through a tour of the relevant sections of the Opioid Coalition Resource Hub and sharing about the no-cost, low-cost or self-funding strategies that can be adopted by communities. Two topics will also have a subject matter expert available via web-conference calls, and these sessions can allow people from remote locations to also work on these topics.  

Three In-Person Only Topics

Reducing the Occurrence and Impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

Group facilitator will vary by community.
This topic will review the comprehensive strategy map that focuses on reducing NAS and the negative impact it has on infants. Participants will explore the Opioid Coalition Resource Hub to see that there are many different ways that community partners can play a role in reducing the factors that lead to babies being born opioid dependent and many things that can be done to minimize the negative impact when infants are conceived by a woman dependent on opioids. These in-person groups should have people from multiple sectors and multiple roles discuss both short-term steps and longer-term strategies to work together on this important topic.

Improving Safe Storage and Disposal of Prescription Drugs

Group facilitator will vary by community.
Even for communities that have taken steps to expand drop-boxes or conduct drug take-back days, far too many dangerous prescription drugs are still unsecured in the homes of community residents. Minimizing the availability of pills that can be misused, given away or stolen is a very important prevention strategy. This topic will review the strategies, tools and actions that are available in the Opioid Coalition Resource Hub to help community partners work together for greater impact.

Enhancing Peer Recovery Groups

Group facilitator will vary by community.
One of the most important part of a successful recovery ecosystem is peer support. Many communities offer some access to peer support groups, but many needs are still not sufficiently met. Enhancing peer recovery groups is an important area where community partners can work together to help end the opioid crisis. Some communities only have programs based on the 12-Step model, and that may not be ideal for all people. While many people have achieved long-term sobriety through programs on the 12-step model, many others have relapsed into substance misuse in spite of their attempts to participate in these programs. This topic will look at several economical and practical ways that communities can expand the options for peer recovery groups and expand the number and variety of groups to achieve greater impact.

Two In-Person + Web-conference Call Topics (for remote participation)

Expanding and Improving Risk Factor Screening and SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) 

Track Co-Leaders: A local facilitator plus Dr. Trish Henrie-Barrus and Bill Barberg

Dr. Henrie-Barrus will explain the importance of psychological risk stratification and how it can change prescribing practices to reduce the risk of people becoming addicted to opioids. She will also explain how SBIRT can help prevent people from moving from early misuse of opioids to Opioid Use Disorder. Expanding SBIRT can create more and better options for catching people early and guiding them to get the help that they need--especially before they switch to heroin and fake pills that are increasingly spiked with fentanyl. SBIRT is an evidence-based approach that can be used in many scenarios. This topic will look at an innovative screening tool that can not only guide prescribing practices and improve early detection of the likelihood of a person misusing opioids but it can also generate positive net revenue for the heathcare providers that use it. Participants will learn how, in many cases, expanding effective screening and SBIRT can be self-funding strategies that can bring revenue to the care providers and bring help to the people who need it.

Improving Protective Factors for Youth

Track Co-Leaders: A local facilitator plus Joe Markiewicz and Judson Bemis

While some of the tactics used in the past to discourage drug use by youth have not been very effective, there is a growing body of encouraging practices and research that shows ways that parents, caregivers, other youth and communities can increase the protective factors that reduce the likelihood of a young person starting to misuse alcohol, opioids or other drugs. This topic includes participation by a national leader in youth training and engagement, and it will explore valuable techniques and the free and low-cost tools that are available through the Opioid Coalition Resource Hub (OCRH) to help parents, caregivers, youth and community organizations work together to create environments where youth thrive and avoid the destructive impact of substance abuse. Participants will also learn about a new, free phone app and platform that helps improve the relationship of teens with parents or caregivers--and ways to spread the adoption of that app in a community.


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