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Rep. Dan Miller's Substance Abuse Forum: Challenges to Recovery

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church

1066 Washington Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15228

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Our Substance Abuse Forum, entitled “Challenges to Recovery,” is a free event designed to specifically address some of the common hurdles people face when fighting addiction. This half day event will cover important topics over five sessions, and will have a Resource Fair full of information and opportunities for support & assistance in our area. Attendees do not have to attend all four sessions but are encouraged to register for any and all sessions that fit their interests.

The Substance Abuse Forum will run on November 29th from 12-6pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal on Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon. Additionally, the Resource Fair will be open from 2-4pm. More information on the individual sessions and the event are listed below.

Special thanks to all of our presenters and exhibitors who will be in attendance, and to our good friends at St. Paul’s for hosting this important event. We would also like to thank the Mt. Lebanon Christian Science Church right next to St. Paul’s on Washington Road who have kindly allowed for overflow parking in their lot during this event.

* As always, registration is appreciated but not required, however space will be limited.



Forum Session Information:
*indicates eligibility for Social Work continuing education credits

Session 1: "A Conversation on Combating the Opioid Epidemic across Pennsylvania" with Attorney General Josh Shapiro
12:00-1:00 pm

This public health crisis is reaching a critical mass, with few signs of slowing down. Attorney General Josh Shapiro will give an overview on what his office has been doing to combat the heroin & opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, as well as providing information on issues happening nationwide on this crisis.

Session 2: Hope for Families*
1:15-2:15 pm
• Dr. Dennis Daley - UPMC Health Plan, Substance Use Services | Sr. Clinical Director; University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine | Professor of Psychiatry
• Domenic Marks - Bridge to Hope Family Support Group | S
pokesperson and Member of the Advisory Board

Families often experience emotional turmoil and unique stresses associated with a loved one’s addiction. This program will provide information and hopeful personal insights about the impact of these problems and how families can find support from both inside and outside the family unit.

Session 3: Access to Treatment*
2:30-3:30 pm
• Jason Snyder - Department of Human Services | Special Assistant to the Secretary
Fred Way - Pennsylvania Alliance of Recovery Residences (PARR) | Executive Director
Carin Fraioli - Gateway Rehab | Vice President, Operations
• Dr. Latika Davis-Jones - Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services | Assistant Deputy Director, Bureau of D&A Services

Everyone who wants treatment should be able to get it, but unfortunately that is often not the case. Too many people are left waiting days in a hospital for a bed that never materializes, can't get insurance coverage for their recommended treatment levels, or are left in recovery houses that are anything but. In this session we will discuss the practical challenges that many people face in entering appropriate treatment options in PA and what we need to do to increase access.

Session 4: Kids in the Crosshairs*
3:45-4:45pm
Jacki Hoover - Allegheny County Children Youth and Families (CYF) | Assistant Deputy Director
Ben Zuckerman - Allegheny County Bar Foundation Juvenile Court Project | Managing Attorney
• Lila Harris, J.D. - KidsVoice | Staff Attorney
• Dayle Griffin, M.D. - St. Clair Hospital | Pediatrician

As the number of children born to people struggling with addiction has risen, more children are being raised by extended family or in foster care. This has impacted children, families, and the system as a whole. In this session we will look at the impacts on young children when one or more of their parents is dealing with substance use disorder.

Session 5: Crime and Recovery*
5:00-6:00pm
• Hon. Alexander Bicket - Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Criminal Division | Judge
Patrick Nightingale, Esq. - PKN Law | Criminal Defense Attorney, former Assistant District Attorney
LaToya Warren -
Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services | Assistant Deputy Director, Forensic Services
James Sheets, Esq. - Criminal Defense Attorney, former Public Defender

Many law enforcement experts have proclaimed that we cannot arrest our way out of our current addiction crisis, so what other alternatives exist? In this session we will discuss the balance between public safety and rehabilitation and what we can do to improve outcomes for those caught in the criminal justice system while struggling with addiction. We will also talk about how a criminal record relating to drugs can impact job opportunities, housing, and other possibilities no matter how many years have passed since a relapse.




Support Services Resource Fair Exhibitors:

Message Carriers of Pennsylvania
Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS)
• Chartiers Center
• West Pennsylvania Alliance of Recovery Residences (PARR)
resolve Crisis Services
Gateway Rehab
• Family Links
Outreach Teen and Family Services
• Nar Anon
• KidsVoice
• POWER – Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery
• Freedom Healthcare Services
• Greenbriar Treatment Center
Pinnacle Treatment Centers
• Footprints for Recovery
• Mt. Lebanon Police Department

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