2012 Plenary Sessions

Opening Plenary Session
Monday, April 23, 2012
8:45 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

Challenges and Opportunities for the Field of Addiction Treatment

Welcome and Introductions – Shirley Linzy, RNMS, Clinic Director/Supervising Nurse, Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Clinic for Drug Abuse Treatment & Research, Inc., Las Vegas , NV

Welcome to Las Vegas , NV – Deborah A. McBride, MBA, Director, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency (SAPTA) Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Carson City , NV

The State of the Field – Mark W. Parrino, MPA, President, American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Inc., New York, NY

The State of Nevada – Recovery for Patients, Family and Community – Nevada Puts Recovery First – Honorable Brian

Sandoval, Governor, State of Nevada ; Kathleen Sandoval, First Lady, State of Nevada

Opioid Dependence: The United Nations Programs to Provide Solutions; Gilberto Gerra, MD, Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna, Austria

As substance use dependence becomes part of national health care reform, the Opening Plenary Session will review AATOD’s projects and keynote efforts in Nevada and across the globe. Ms. Shirley Linzy, Conference Chairperson will welcome conference attendees and provide an overview of this exciting conference. Ms. Linzy will be followed by a very special welcome to Nevada by Deborah McBride, Director of Nevada’s Single State Agency, the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency. Following Ms. McBride, Mr. Mark Parrino, AATOD President, will provide an overview of the challenges, opportunities and accomplishments of AATOD over the past eighteen months and into the future. Two special keynotes follow: Governor Brian Sandoval and First Lady Kathleen Sandoval will describe Nevada ’s efforts to provide prevention, treatment and recovery services to the citizens of Nevada . And, Dr. Gilberto Gerra will present the global efforts of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to impact on the growing problem of opioid dependence across the world.



Middle Plenary Session
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
8:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

Recovery Oriented Methadone Maintenance: Recovery for Patients, Families and Communities

Moderator and Keynote Speaker: H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, CAS, FASAM, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Rockville , MD
Keynote Speaker: Carol McDaid, Co-Founder and Principal of Capitol Decisions Inc., Washington , DC
A Patient Perspective on Recovery Oriented Methadone Maintenance: OTP Patient Robin L.
Keynote Speaker: William L. White, MA, Senior Research Consultant, Chestnut Health Systems, Bloomington , IL


Just prior to the AATOD conference in Chicago , October 2010, Lisa Mojer-Torres and William White published, Recovery Oriented Methadone Maintenance, their seminal work on recovery and methadone maintenance treatment. Six months later, Lisa lost her courageous battle with cancer but her advocacy work and writing lives on.

The Conference Theme, “Recovery for Patients, Families and Communities” and the implementation of health care reform require renewed focus on recovery, patient expectations and outcomes. This themed plenary session features three leaders and champions of the recovery movement. Moderated by CSAT/SAMHSA Director, Dr. H. Westley Clark, this plenary will focus on recovery and the value of recovery oriented methadone maintenance treatment. He will highlight emphasis on recovery oriented systems of care in our field, as health care reform evolves. Carol McDaid, a Founding Board Member of Faces and Voices of Recovery, who was critical to the passage of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, will describe the impact of parity and the importance of integrating recovery into programming. This plenary will hear what recovery means to someone in OTP treatment and how OTP has improved her life. The plenary will conclude with a keynote address from Bill White, whose book, Slaying the Dragon, is the recovery bible. Bill will define recovery oriented methadone maintenance for the field. From different perspectives, each speaker will show how treatment and recovery changes patients’ lives, strengthen families and communities.



Closing Plenary Session
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Health Care Reform and Substance Abuse Treatment

Keynote Address:
OTPs and the S ubstance Use Dependence Benefit in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—What OTPs should do now

Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC (Invited)

Keynote Address:
Health Care Reform and S ubstance Abuse Treatment
Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, Senator, State of Nevada , Carson City , NV and Washington , DC (Invited)

The Closing Plenary Session will feature two major keynote addresses that cannot be missed for advocates, stakeholders,
providers and patients. Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Health , U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services is the key federal official charged with the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
(ACA). Dr. Koh will outline the provisions of the ACA related to behavioral health, substance abuse treatment, and,
specifically, OTPs. Behavioral health parity and the ACA will broaden insurance for patients and make it possible for
patients to better access the care they need. We will hear about new entities being created to work with disadvantaged
persons such as Accountable Care Organizations, Patient Centered Medical Homes and Health Homes, three possible
ways that may allow OTPs to be involved with integrated care. The United States Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid,
who together with President Obama helped make health care reform a reality, will deliver an inspiring and important
Plenary Keynote on health care reform as well as speaking to us about the valuable and important work we do every day.
Senator Reid will provide a vision for our future that is not to be missed! Make sure that your plans make it possible for
you to be at this important event!


Passing the Baton—Announcement of 2013 Conference Site Mark Parrino, MPA & Shirley Linzy, RNMS

AATOD traditionally closes each conference with our Conference Chair, Shirley Linzy, and AATOD Board President, Mark W. Parrino handing the “baton” over to the next conference which will be held in November 2013!

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