About the Recovery Summit:


Taking place during National Recovery Month, this webinar series will include sessions related to the nation-wide drug crisis, substance use recovery, and the effects on the state of Michigan and St. Clair County. Webinar sessions will provide an examination of current efforts, local statistics, treatment approaches, the recovery process, impacts on family systems, and prevention strategies. This event will bring together physicians, healthcare workers, human service professionals, law enforcement officers, school personnel, local government officials, first responders, the recovery community and others to continue to address this serious public health issue. There is no cost to participate in webinar sessions and attendees may register for as many as they choose. Supported by funds from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

My Recovery Journey
Social Work CEUs, MCBAP Specific

Presented by:
Eric Webster, Certified Peer Recovery Coach
Blue Water Recovery and Outreach Center (BWROC)

Joey Wright, Certified Peer Recovery Coach
Blue Water Recovery and Outreach Center (BWROC)
Overview
Eric and Joey will discuss how to combat the shame, guilt and isolation of being new in recovery, including how to regain self-esteem, and how volunteerism defeats isolation and increases confidence.
Bio
Eric Webster is currently employed at Blue Water Recovery and Outreach Center (BWROC) in Port Huron, Michigan as a Certified Peer Recovery Coach. He previously worked as a Homeless Health Care Outreach Specialist for Community First Health Center, and volunteered at the St. Clair County Jail where he introducing Recovery to inmates through a 12 Step program. Joey grew up in an old Howell, Michigan farmhouse on a dirt road in the country with her 2 parents, older sister, and her little brother. She graduated at 16 years old as valedictorian of her 2004 class and went on to get a degree in Video Broadcasting in 2006 after giving birth to her first daughter. She then spent a good 17 years in a relationship with an alcoholic, her first experience with addiction, which ultimately led to her alcoholism in 2013. On January 26th, 2019, after spending nearly 6 years drinking herself almost to the point of fatality, she had a moment of clarity and decided it was time to admit herself into Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center in Memphis, Michigan and was fully ready to commit herself to changing EVERYTHING about the way she was living her life. From there she moved on to live at The Sacred Heart Women’s Recovery Home in Port Huron for 6 months until she was able to find the perfect home for her and her children. Today she is a devoted spouse and mother of three, a Certified Peer Recovery Coach, the Recovery Support Specialist and Outreach Coordinator for BWROC and is currently pursuing her Michigan Real Estate license. Joey is determined to help guide others to a path of long-term Recovery and has dedicated the now better part of her life to living with high integrity, good habits, healthy boundaries, and continuous gratitude. She is loving the process, the progress and the becoming of her life today and wouldn’t trade it for anything; especially not an alcoholic beverage!
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BWROC and Other Local Recovery Supports
Social Work CEUs, MCBAP Specific

Presented by:
Patrick Patterson, BA, Executive Director
Blue Water Recovery and Outreach Center (BWROC)
Overview
Participants will learn about hope and recovery from substance use disorders, including the supports available at BWROC and other local organizations. Participants also will learn how to eliminate stigmatizing language in order to better support individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders.
Bio
Patrick graduated from Imlay City in 1998 and received his Bachelor’s degree in business from Western Michigan University in 2003. He served 10 years as the financial services manager for Michigan’s Largest 401(k) provider. He is currently the Executive Director for BWROC, the Blue Water Recovery and Outreach Center where he co-authored the State's first recovery support services Bill and uses his past struggle with addiction to help others. Patrick co-chairs the Michigan Recovery Community Collective to help improve policy for recovery communities across Michigan. Patrick also serves as a key driver for hope, advocacy and change in our national fight against addiction.
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Understanding Substance Use Disorder Diagnosis in Adults and Youth: How to Help
Social Work CEUs, MCBAP Specific

Presented by:
Ken Heuvelman, MS, CAADC, CCS
Clinical Coordinator/Outpatient Therapist
Port Huron Odyssey House

Overview
This presentation will provide a brief overview of diagnostic criteria for a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and offer insight on common drugs of abuse. Participants also will learn about how to help others find appropriate resources to treat or prevent SUD.
Bio
Ken Heuvelman, MS, CAADC, CCS is a clinical coordinator and outpatient therapist with Port Huron Odyssey House. He has been working in the behavioral health field for over 8 years including outpatient SUD services and inpatient psychiatric care. He has a MS in Psychology from Montana State University - Billings and a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. Additionally, he has worked as a consultant with MDHHS and other organizations to advocate for the expansion of access to behavioral health treatment and for innovative approaches to reduce the community impact of opioid overdose.
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Nociplastic Pain: A New Name for an Old Type of Pain
Social Work CEUs, MCBAP Related

Presented by:
Daniel J. Clauw, M.D.
Professor, Internal Medicine (Rheum), Anesthesiology & Psychiatry
University of Michigan
Overview
Participants will learn at least one new resource to use in treating the underlying mechanisms of chronic pain, using the most efficacious combinations of evidence-based, non-pharmacological, pharmacological, or procedural therapies. Examine the role that the nervous system, brain, and mind play in chronic pain and fatigue. Consider integrated approaches to individualized care utilizing interdisciplinary teams and technology.
Bio
Dr. Daniel Clauw is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine (Rheumatology) and Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. He attended undergraduate and medical school at the University of Michigan, following which he did an Internal Medicine Residency and Rheumatology Fellowship at Georgetown University. He stayed at Georgetown as a faculty member from 1990 – 2002, serving as Chief of the Division of Rheumatology and Vice Chair of Medicine. While at Georgetown he founded the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center (CPFRC), and in 2002 was recruited to bring this group to the University of Michigan, where the group has become one of the most successful pain research groups in the world. He also served as the first PI of the University of Michigan Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA), as well as the first Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, and founded the institute that houses the UM CTSA, the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research. He has over 450 peer-reviewed publications, over $100M in federal funding, and is currently is co-PI of four NIH center grants and two R01s, studying various aspects of chronic pain. He also has been a very active mentor, serving as the primary mentor for 35 NIH K awardees, nearly all of whom have gone on to obtain R series funding or the equivalent.
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Medications for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
Social Work CEUs, MCBAP Specific

Presented by:
Janis Romanik, DO, FASAM
Medical Director
Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center

Overview
The goal of this session is to discuss the major barriers to access and utilization of MOUD, including stigma surrounding the use of MOUD. Participants will learn about issues pertaining to opioid use disorder including a review of medications for opioid use disorder, treatment options and the challenges to integrating medications into a primary care setting. Treatment selection based on patient factors and the selection of the most appropriate management of patients with opioid use disorders will be discussed.
Bio
Dr. Janis Romanik is the Medical Director of Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center. She completed her undergraduate at Oakland University and obtained her medical degree at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing. She went on to complete her residency at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township. She is board certified in both Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physician. Dr. Romanik is an established physician in the field of addiction medicine with 15 years of experience and an advocate of medication for opioid use disorder programs. She works to educate those through didactic sessions on the benefits of medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) and the stigma surrounding it.
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An Overview of Current and Emerging Drug Threats
Social Work CEUs, MCBAP Specific

Presented by:
William Castro, ISDC Manager
Michigan HIDTA

Amanda Ballesteros, MPH
Public Health Analyst
University of Michigan
Overview
Participants will obtain an overview of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program (HIDTA), current and emerging drug threats, and an introduction to two available drug overdose surveillance platforms.
Bio
Bill Castro joined the Michigan HIDTA in 2015 as Manager of the Investigative Support and Deconfliction Center (ISDC). Bill began his law enforcement career in Anderson, Indiana in 1985. He joined the Franklin-Bingham Farms, Michigan Police Department in 1988 and retired from the agency in 2014 with rank of Lieutenant. During his law enforcement career, Bill served as Detective for nearly 24 years working the multitude of criminal investigations at the local, state and federal levels. Bill twice served as Interim Chief of Police for Franklin-Bingham Farms PD focusing on leading his fellow officers and improving law enforcement services to the community. As the Michigan HIDTA ISDC Manager, one of Bill’s most important responsibilities is overseeing the continuous efforts to enhance officer safety through Deconfliction. Additional chief responsibilities include assisting in coordinating the sharing of information and intelligence among law enforcement agencies and the development of intelligence products to support ongoing law enforcement investigations and identifying Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Organizations. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University, Indiana and is a graduate of the 238th Session of Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command

Ms. Ballesteros is a Michigan HIDTA Public Health Analyst and a project manager at the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center with experience in managing research studies. Since 2016, she has overseen the development of a near real-time suspected overdose surveillance system, SOS, and works with community stakeholders across the state on how data can be used to inform overdose response strategies.

Getting a Clean Slate: Determining Eligibility for Criminal Record Expungement
Social Work CEUs, MCBAP Related

Presented by:
Amy L. Meilink, JD, University of North Carolina Law School
Directing Attorney
Legal Services of Eastern Michigan
Overview
In 2021, the Michigan legislature enacted new laws that allowed for many more types of crimes to be removed from a person's criminal record. The purpose was to give people a "clean slate" and access to employment, education and housing. This presentation will cover eligibility under the new laws with a brief overview of the process.
Bio
Amy Meilink has worked at Legal Services of Eastern Michigan since 1991. She handles and supervises cases in family, consumer, disability, public benefits and housing law. She is a past board member for a dispute resolution center and volunteers with a domestic violence shelter. She works in the community to encourage private attorneys to volunteer their time on a pro bono basis.
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Health Equity in a Changing Behavioral Health Landscape
Social Work CEUs

Presented by:
Aaron Williams, MA
Senior Advisor
National Council for Mental Wellbeing
Overview
In the recent years, significant societal changes have led to increases in substance use and mental challenges for many Americans. As the US has ramped up efforts to address those challenges, disparities in healthcare access and outcomes have become clear. Today's discussion will focus on where we are now, and how to move forward in a more equitable way for all.
Bio
Mr. Williams has more than 17 years of experience in the field of behavioral health services, with an emphasis on substance abuse treatment and prevention, workforce development, and the implementation of evidence-based-practices in clinical settings. Over this time, Mr. Williams has written and contributed to numerous articles and reports on drugs of abuse, primary care and substance abuse integration, mental health and primary care integration, workforce development of behavioral health providers, and the implementation of medications for addiction treatment in clinical settings.
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How EMDR Helps Adults and Youth in Recovery from Addiction and Trauma
Social Work CEUs, MCBAP Specific

Presented by:
Shannon McKeever, LMSW, CAADC
Clinician
St. Clair County Community Mental Health

Overview
Reprocessing trauma through EMDR can assist in recovery from addiction as well as other unhealthy behaviors. This webinar will provide information about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, including the process, how EMDR can assist with recovery, and a protocol that targets the triggers and urges of addictions and dysfunctional behaviors.
Bio
Shannon McKeever has worked in the field of clinical social work for 12 years. During her undergraduate work, she received a certificate in addiction studies from Madonna University. She then went on to get her master's degree in social work from Michigan State University. She is a fully licensed MSW and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is trained in many evidence based treatments, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
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Emerging Drug Trends Among Youth
Social Work CEUs, MCBAP Specific

Presented by:
Alyse Nichols, MPH, CHES
Outreach Coordinator
St. Clair County Health Department

Cassidy Livingston, BA
Health Educator
St. Clair County Health Department
Overview
Participants will learn about the latest data on youth drug use in St. Clair County and its impacts on the community, including the top three drugs used by St. Clair County teens, their long-term health effects, and methods of drug delivery.
Bio
Alyse Nichols is the Outreach Coordinator at the St. Clair County Health Department in Port Huron, MI. There, she works to foster partnerships within the community and help connect residents to needed resources like food, shelter, housing, and insurance. Throughout her time working in public health she has educated the community on a variety of topics such as infant safe sleep, teen pregnancy prevention, youth substance use, and COVID-19. Prior to her life in public health, Nichols spent extensive time working in higher education that included a two year term in Americorps where she served as a college advisor in rural West Michigan. Nichols holds a master’s degree in public health from Grand Valley State University, and a bachelor’s degree in social relations and policy from Michigan State University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®).

Cassidy Livingston is a Health Educator at the St. Clair County Health Department in Port Huron, MI. Cassidy graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Education, with a minor in Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment. Cassidy is currently working on her Master’s degree in Administration through Central Michigan University.
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Using MAPS to Provide Quality Health Services
Social Work CEUs, MCBAP Specific

Presented by:
Amber A Daniels
Department Analyst, Michigan Automated Prescription System
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Overview
This training will discuss features, reports, and data points of the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) and what this information means as it relates to providing quality health services. The training includes links to the opioid prescribing toolkit and a review of the MAPS dashboard utilized by providers. Also discussed will be how the bureaus take action against professional licenses, what that process is, and current legislation.
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Law Enforcement and SUD Recovery Partnerships
Social Work CEUs, MCBAP Specific

Presented by:
Mat King, Sheriff
St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department
Overview
This presentation will cover St. Clair County programs, collaborations and initiatives by local law enforcement related to substance use and policing. Topics of discussion include the St. Clair County Drug Task Force, Hope Not Handcuffs, RSAT, Community Outreach, prevention programs and support, community partnerships aimed at providing interventions, resources and supports.
Bio
Mat King has worked in the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department for 22 years in a variety of roles, and became Sheriff in January 2021.
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My Recovery Story
Social Work CEUs, MCBAP

Presented by:
Amanda Bolotta, CPRC
Peer Recovery Coach
St. Clair County Circuit Court Prob/Parole
Overview
This presentation will cover Amanda’s recovery journey. Participants will learn about the power of persistence in recovery and overcoming obstacles.
Bio
Amanda is a person in long-term recovery who has a passion for helping others overcome barriers. She works as a peer recovery coach in St. Clair County probation and parole. She describes her role as the most rewarding job of walking hand in hand with individuals looking to change their lives. She is currently pursuing a degree in criminal justice at SC4.
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Treatment Options and Accessibility of SUD Services in St. Clair County
Social Work CEUs, MCBAP Specific

Presented by:
Thomas Seilheimer, Ph.D., LP
Chief Clinical Director
Region 10 PIHP

Lonnie Sharkey, LLP, CAADC
Access Center Supervisor
Region 10 PIHP
Overview
Participants will learn about how to access SUD services for adults and youth through Region 10 PIHP, types of services available, and eligibility criteria.
Bio
Lonnie Sharkey has 12 years of experience as an Access Center Supervisor and 11 years of experience as an Access Clinician with St. Clair County CMH and Region 10 PIHP. She has extensive experience working with individuals with Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders, Developmental Disabilities and Severe Emotional Disturbance in Children and Adolescents. She has a degree in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, is a Limited Licensed Psychologist with the State of Michigan, and is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC).
Dr. Seilheimer is a licensed psychologist and currently serves as the CCO of Region 10 Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan, a position he has held since January 2014. Prior to this, Dr. Seilheimer served as the Care Management Director for the Thumb Alliance PIHP. He also held lead administrative and supervisory positions at St. Clair County Community Mental Health, and he continues to manage a private practice. Dr. Seilheimer received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University.
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Motivational Interviewing to Promote Engagement in SUD Treatment
Social Work CEUs, MCBAP Specific

Presented by:
Adrienne Luckenbacher
St. Clair County Community Mental Health
Overview
Motivational interviewing is an engagement style that guides a person through a individual centered conversation to help the person consider whether to change, how to do it, and most importantly, why to make a change. Motivational interviewing is used to enhance intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence, and has been found to reduce substance use. This presentation will discuss strategies and tips for engagement for both youth and adults.
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Contingency Management
Social Work CEUs, MCBAP Specific

Presented by:
Robert Baillieu, MD, MPH
Physician and Senior Advisor, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Overview
Participants will learn about the core components of contingency management and its evidence-based implementation.
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How to Talk to Your Teen about Substance Use
Social Work CEUs, MCBAP Specific

Presented by:
Alyse Nichols, MPH, CHES
Outreach Coordinator
St. Clair County Health Department

Cassidy Livingston, BA
Health Educator
St. Clair County Health Department
Overview
Talking with teenagers about substance use is important, but it can be hard to know what to say. Participants will learn about how to talk to teens about substance use and tips on how to promote honest and open discussion. Warning signs of teen substance use also will be discussed.
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