Capacity Building Track

Executive Director Roundtable
9:20 AM EDT - 10:30 AM
Capacity Building
Presented by:Joey Supina, Joe Powell

This Roundtable session will include three- 20-minute focus discussions on lessons learned, development and growing with the movement, and organizational culture of wellness and self-care. With more than 50 combined years of experience, Joe Powell and Joey Supina have served the recovery community and each have differing experiences serving communities and the recovery population. This session will provide a platform for seasoned and new executive directors to gain perspective on the past, present, and future of RCO stewardship; share in meaningful discussions, and engage in shared collaborative learning.

Moderated by: Kelly Chance
Roundtable Discussion: Recovery Data Platform
10:50 AM EDT - 12:00 PM
Capacity Building
Presented by:Jesse Wheeler

Does your organization currently use RDP? Are you interested in learning more about RDP? If you've answered yes to either of these questions, we'd like to invite you to this roundtable discussion. We'll cover best practices and how to make sense of your data.

Moderated by: Kelly Chance
Resource Raising in Harrowing Times
2:00 PM EDT - 3:10 PM
Capacity Building
Presented by:David Uhl

Our work is being challenged by the dual threats of the pandemic and the recession. While many funders are stepping up during this crisis, others are no longer able to support your mission because of a change in their financial situation. This session will focus on how to think about raising the resources your organization needs in these economically uncertain times. Looking at trends from the 2008 Great Recession, you will come away with a better understanding of what to expect in charitable giving in the months to come, some suggestions on how to mitigate the drop in giving, and tangible next steps to weather this storm.

Moderated by: Kelly Chance
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
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
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