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June 16

Recovery Reiki - Optional Activity
7:00 AM EDT - 8:00 AM
Activity
Presented by:Tara Moreno-Wallen

Reiki is an ancient Japanese practice discovered by Mikao Usui that uses light touch to promote healing in the body, mind, and spirit. Recovery Reiki ® is a program developed by Tara Moreno-Wallen that specifically targets the pain-body that keeps a person in negative cyclical patterns when it relates to addiction, codependency, and trauma.

This session will help you break free of those patterns so you can live a life of peace, love, bliss, and joy. Recovery Reiki® will help you get to the root cause of any addictions, codependent relationships, and any trauma associated with these afflictions.

Moderated by: Kelly Chance
All Recovery Meeting - Optional Activity
7:30 AM EDT - 8:30 AM
Activity

An alternative to 12-step meetings, “All Recovery” meetings welcome all who struggle with addiction, are affected by addiction, or support the recovery lifestyle. (Originally developed by the Connecticut Communities for Addiction Recovery.)

Moderated by: Kristen Aja
Coffee Connection - Optional Activity
8:00 AM EDT - 9:00 AM

Coffee, Tea, and YOU!  An open networking opportunity to virtually "rub elbows" with other conference attendees. Connect with old friends and make new ones over a cup of coffee.

Moderated by: Joseph Hogan-Sanchez
Welcome Address: Day Two
9:00 AM EDT - 9:20 AM
Presented by:Philip Rutherford

Welcome back to the second day of your Recovery Leadership Summit! This session will provide highlights from day one and an overview of day two.

Moderated by: Jesse Wheeler
Harm Reduction - Street Outreach and in a Shelter Setting
9:20 AM EDT - 10:30 AM
Capacity Building

In this session, our presenters share with you two perspectives and approaches of Harm Reduction - Street Outreach and in a Shelter Setting.

Claudia Delfin will present on street outreach with people who use substances in a border community. From people experiencing homelessness to people who work in the sex industry, our presenter will share her experience and some basic skills when working in a diverse and vibrant Latinx community.

Adan Dominguez will present on Project Punto de Partida is an innovative harm reduction project that has attained success with hundreds of persons served monthly through a combination of services offered which include outreach, peer recovery coaching, resource network and brokering, MAT support, and neighborhood engagement in a trauma-informed shelter setting.

Moderated by: Kelly Chance
Roundtable Discussion: CAPRSS Domain: Peer Leadership Development
9:20 AM EDT - 10:30 AM
Leadership Development

Join this roundtable discussion to talk about Peer Leadership Development as it pertains to the Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services standards for peer recovery support services (PRSS). We will discuss standards and criteria for this domain as well as strategies that speak to Recruitment, Retention, Selection, and Orientation, and Training and Development. This is an excellent opportunity to exchange approaches and ideas to meet this national standard.

Moderated by: Evan Done
Our Stories Have Power: Recovery Messaging Part 1
9:20 AM EDT - 10:30 AM
Advocacy and Public Policy
Presented by:Dean Lemire

Be among the first to experience the 2020 update to Faces & Voices of Recovery's staple community messaging training. Faces & Voices developed the Our Stories Have Power Recovery Community Messaging Training to give people in recovery and their family members talking points, strategies, and language that they can use to talk about recovery. The recovery community is speaking out to educate friends, neighbors, policymakers, and the Media about the reality of recovery so that others can benefit from it. This training is offered over two seventy-minute sessions.

Moderated by: Wesley Balmer
Family Support Programming – Where the Biggest Winners Are the Children
9:20 AM EDT - 10:30 AM
Family Focus

When a member of a family suffers from addiction, children are most often the first ones hurt and the last ones helped. But there are time-proven strategies and programs ready to help RCOs include the impacted children and families in their own healing and recovery process. Through two critical tools, learn how to develop resiliency in families utilizing NACoA’s Children’s Program Kit and the Celebrating Families!TM evidence-based program. Curricula provides everything needed to create, facilitate, and sustain strong educational peer support programming to heal and strengthen families.

Moderated by: Marianna Horowitz
Reaching for Their Dreams: A Person-Centered Approach to the Assessment of Recovery Capital as the Foundation for Recovery Planning
9:20 AM EDT - 10:30 AM
Peer Recovery Support Services
Presented by:Sharon Hesseltine

Peer Recovery Support Specialists play an integral role in supporting the transition from active addiction to recovery. They bridge the gap between stabilization and recovery initiation occurring in treatment centers to recovery within the context of the community. Key to supporting this transition is the process of recovery planning – where hopes and dreams become a realistic map to a future filled with possibilities.

In this interactive session, participants will build skills that support a person-centered approach to the assessment of Recovery Capital and the development of recovery plans. This will be a hands-on training experience that includes practice using the recovery capital scale and tools designed to support recovery planning. Participants will leave training with both the skills and tools necessary to support the recovery planning process.

Moderated by: Jenna Neasbitt
Break
10:30 AM EDT - 10:50 AM
CRAFT - Community Reinforcement and Family Training
10:50 AM EDT - 12:00 PM
Family Focus

The Community Reinforcement and Family Training presentation will explain a peer-facilitated Family Recovery Coach approach to offer a 12 session CRAFT Family Support Group applying exercises identified in each chapter from the book, “Get Your Loved One Sober”, subtitled, Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening, written by Robert J, Meyers, Ph.D. and Brenda L. Wolfe, Ph.D., published by Hazelden. After an introduction of CRAFT and how USARA has adapted the CRAFT model to work in a group setting and with one on one non-clinical peer coaching, we will identify the 3 goals of CRAFT and the need for family support. We will address the type of individual needed for leading CRAFT Family Support and how group and individual coaching is facilitated by peer family recovery coaches who have received training and use shared and lived experience. USARA and those who have participated in CRAFT Family Support Groups held throughout Utah have endorsed the CRAFT model as the most impactful solution they have come across. Together we can overcome the stigma of addiction, encourage hope for recovery, and provide support to families who through a proven approach can benefit the person with substance use disorder and their family members.

Moderated by: Marianna Horowitz
Round table discussion - Virtual Peer Recovery Support Services
10:50 AM EDT - 12:00 PM
Peer Recovery Support Services
Presented by:William Stauffer

In this round table discussion around Virtual Peer Recovery Support Services (VRSS) we will explore the role of virtual recovery support services during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. We will explore how VRSS have been used to support recovery during the pandemic. What we should consider in respect to using VRSS as an effective tool for supporting recovery and ethical considerations moving forward.

Moderated by: Jenna Neasbitt
Our Stories Have Power: Recovery Messaging Part 2
10:50 AM EDT - 12:00 PM
Advocacy and Public Policy
Presented by:Dean Lemire

Be among the first to experience the 2020 update to Faces & Voices of Recovery's staple community messaging training. Faces & Voices developed the Our Stories Have Power Recovery Community Messaging Training to give people in recovery and their family members talking points, strategies, and language that they can use to talk about recovery. The recovery community is speaking out to educate friends, neighbors, policymakers, and the Media about the reality of recovery so that others can benefit from it. This training is offered over two seventy-minute sessions.

Moderated by: Wesley Balmer
Leadership Styles
10:50 AM EDT - 12:00 PM
Leadership Development
Presented by:Philip Rutherford

This session will offer a brief look at 2 key areas of leadership development; Personality profiling of team and peer members and The Situational Leadership model pioneered by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson.

Moderated by: Evan Done
Substance Use Disorder & Tobacco
10:50 AM EDT - 12:00 PM
Capacity Building
Presented by:John de Miranda

The use of tobacco products among people in or seeking recovery from substance use disorders (SUD) is significantly greater than the general population. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that adults with SUD account for more than 18% of all cigarettes smoked in the United States. (1) For persons entering SUD treatment smoking estimates as high as 97% have been reported. (2) One research report in Nicotine & Tobacco Research concluded:
The very high smoking rates reported in addiction treatment samples warrant significant, organized, and systemic response from addiction treatment systems, from agencies that fund and regulate those systems, and from agencies concerned with tobacco control. (3)

Despite very high rates of morbidity and mortality linked to smoking in this population, efforts by treatment providers, recovery support workers and funders to respond have been largely ineffectual. While the majority of private and publicly-funded recovery programs maintain a nominal “smoke free” environment, provisions are often made to accommodate a participants' tobacco addiction offsite or in specially-designated areas. Those treatment programs that do incorporate tobacco as an addiction to-be-addressed almost universally adopt the total abstinence model adapted from traditional 12-step recovery practices. This workshop will provide recent research findings supporting the need for treatment and recovery programs to aggressively address tobacco addiction among client populations, as well as a model program that is successfully adding tobacco addiction components such as medication and tobacco harm reduction strategies to their traditional service portfolio. Results of focus groups held at a recovery community center in California will be shared.

Moderated by: Kelly Chance
Lunch Break
12:00 PM EDT - 1:00 PM
New Research Findings on U.S. Recovery Community Centers: Implications for Disease Management and Public Health
1:00 PM EDT - 2:00 PM
Keynote
Presented by:Dr. John Kelly

In the past 50 years much has been learned about the etiology, epidemiology, and ways to effectively address substance use disorders. More recently, there has been increased recognition that substance use disorders require ongoing recovery support management to maintain gains made in acute care treatment. This has led to increased emphasis on models of continuing care and recovery support services which have expanded across the United States. One of the most prevalent of these new recovery support service entities is recovery community centers. This talk will provide the rationale for, and research on, these new entities, including new research on who uses them, how they are run, who runs them, who they help and how they help.

Moderated by: Jesse Wheeler
Access to Recovery Supports for People with Disabilities
2:00 PM EDT - 3:10 PM
Capacity Building
Presented by:John de Miranda

According to the United States Census Bureau, nearly 1 in 5 Americans have a disability. Approximately 19% of the population experiences some form of functional limitation requiring assistance and accommodation. The spectrum of disability includes obvious conditions such as blindness, deafness, spinal cord injury, and developmental conditions. Another category known as “hidden” disabilities includes less obvious limitations such as traumatic brain injury, substance use disorder, and chronic pain.

The range of alcohol and other drug problems varies across disability categories, but for each group, the incidence is equal to or greater than the general population. For that reason, developing treatment and recovery support services that are accessible to all people with functional limitations is important, and the focus of this workshop.

Responding to the need to improve access to care for people with disabilities (PWD) the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration tasked its Bringing Recovery Support Services to Scale Technical Assistance Center (BRSS TACS) with developing disability-specific TIP Sheets to guide treatment and recovery programs. These TIP Sheets were previewed at the 2017 CA SUD Conference at which input into their development was provided by workshop participants. The TIP Sheets are now complete and have been rolled out through a Recovery Live webinar.

Participants in this workshop will receive links to all five Tip sheets and a thorough orientation to how each can help to create more accessible services.

Although focused on PWD these adaptations to services improve quality and accessibility for all populations and ultimately improve the continuum of care the includes recovery support services.

Moderated by: Kelly Chance
Mentoring Peer Recovery Support Services
2:00 PM EDT - 3:10 PM
Leadership Development
Presented by:Mary Roberson

In this session, the presenter with discuss recovery-oriented system of care (ROSC), roles of providers, and peers in a ROSC. Discussion will include the value of mentorship for peers in a peer-based peer-driven system. Discussion will include cultural competency regarding confidentiality and boundaries clarification.

Moderated by: Evan Done
Roundtable Discussion: Opioid Legislation
2:00 PM EDT - 3:10 PM
Advocacy and Public Policy
Presented by:Brandon George

Legislation: drugs, people, race, and jail. Let's talk policy and whether or not harm reduction, criminal justice reform, and recovery live in the same policy place

Legislation can be intimidating; even the word can shut people down. The legislative process is complex - so complex that many people are paid just to show others how to read the instruction book. Want to actually play? There's a person to pay for that too. In such complex issues, how do we navigate? Do signs and loud microphones work best? How do we get anyone to listen? Do I team up with others? These are all questions that anyone who stepped foot in a house or senate chamber has asked themselves. So many issues are intertwined and interconnected, we must learn how to navigate by finding champions and alliances that will further our cause.

Moderated by: Wesley Balmer
True Love Not Tough Love: Panel discussion
2:00 PM EDT - 3:10 PM
Family Focus

One person dies every 7 minutes of an accidental overdose in the U.S. today. Mothers have been told by healthcare professionals for decades to use “tough love,” paternalistic approaches in handling our children who struggle with substance use disorders. This has merely added to the stigma, and too many precious lives are being lost. Parents of people who struggle with an addiction to opioids know that their child has lost his way in a devilish maze, creating a serious threat to finding a healthy and successful life. We know that he/she is in critical danger of dying, so we reject labels of “enabling” and codependency” and advocate for true love not tough love. Labels such as “addict” and “codependent” are disparaging and stigmatizing and should never be used to define a person. We are reclaiming our basic mother’s right to nurture and protect our children. We propose maternal and humanistic approaches to address substance use disorders and the opioid overdose crisis. We are teaching lessons of love in addressing this tragic epidemic.

Moderated by: Marianna Horowitz
SSA / ATTC Roundtable Discussion
2:00 PM EDT - 3:10 PM
Peer Recovery Support Services

This session is an opportunity for Single State Agency (SSA) and Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) representatives to discuss their success and challenges and exchange ideas around topics like recovery community organizations (RCOs), peer recovery support services, and peer certification processes.

Moderated by: Jenna Neasbitt
Break
3:10 PM EDT - 3:30 PM
Global Recovery Panel
3:30 PM EDT - 4:30 PM
Keynote

Join the Worldwide Recovery Movement!

This panel discussion includes leaders from recovery advocacy organizations from across the globe.  We’ll hear their perspective on the impact of COVID-19 and how they are working to support and mobilize the recovery community.  Invited guest speakers are from Scotland, Australia, Ghana, Brazil, Canada, Guam, and Saipan.

Moderated by: Patty McCarthy
Closing Day Two
4:30 PM EDT - 5:00 PM
Presented by:Philip Rutherford
Moderated by: Jesse Wheeler
Change is from Within
5:00 PM EDT - 5:30 PM
Keynote
Presented by:Don Coyhis

Our Mother Earth and its inhabitants are designed to live in Harmony and Balance. When this happens, the Natural law will put forces in to correct for the mistake. Conflict precedes clarity. We are in the process of a major shift in consciousness designed to live in harmony and balance.

Moderated by: Jesse Wheeler
Dinner Break
5:30 PM EDT - 6:30 PM
Community Forum on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
6:30 PM EDT - 8:00 PM
Forum

We are asking for your participation and encourage your input. We’re here to listen. Join us in an open conversation on June 16th at 6:30 pm EDT regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To participate in this event, separate registration is required. Please register here to attend.

Moderated by: Tony Sanchez

June 15