Letter From Conference and Workshop Chairs

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 2013 AATOD National Conference, Let Recovery Ring in a New Era, being held November 9-13, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With Pennsylvania as one of the original thirteen colonies and Philadelphia as the birthplace of our independence, there is no better setting to declare a vision for the future of medication assisted care and the treatment of opiate dependence. This year’s conference is being sponsored and supported by the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disABILITY Services in conjunction with our State and National partners.

This conference will provide an extraordinary opportunity to interact with some of the leading national and international treatment experts regarding medication assisted treatment and health care reform and discuss its impact on individuals, families and communities, test new ideas, knowledge and practices, facilitate collaborations, and develop consensus on many issues that challenge the field.

Over the past several years, medication assisted treatment has become recognized as medication assisted recovery; expanding its role as a holistic healthcare intervention. We have begun to see that medication assisted treatment practices are now being challenged by changes in populations, patterns of drug use and demands for a more diversified and sophisticated workforce. The changes in our healthcare systems in general and behavioral health in particular are underscored with talk of healthcare exchanges, alternative financing, healthcare homes, and healthcare navigators. Many of you have begun to transform your practice, through building alliances with medical providers, embracing the role of peer support, working to implement evidence based practices, balancing treatment while managing risk, and/or addressing trauma and collateral mental health challenges through Wellness Recovery Action Plans. It is now that we have a great opportunity as a field to define a new era of treatment within a recovery context.

The workshop committee urges you to respond to this Call for Presentations by submitting a workshop proposal or a poster highlighting innovative approaches that align, coordinate and integrate within a comprehensive healthcare paradigm the treatment and ultimately the recovery of those challenged with opiate dependence, their families and
the communities in which they reside. At our “Hot Topic Roundtables” you will have the opportunity to share views and debate the many questions and concerns confronting our programs and patients, and AATOD’s efforts to seek consensus and advocate for our field.

Philadelphia is a city full of history, the arts and great restaurants (we are the home of the hoagie and cheesesteak), it has the largest inner city park in the world, the largest single collection of Impressionist Art in the world and of course the Independence Center, home of the Liberty Bell and the first Continental Congress.

It is our hope that you will submit a proposal for presentation and join us in the historic city of Philadelphia.

Sincerely,

 

Roland C. Lamb, MA
Conference Chair

Susan Storti, Ph.D.
Workshop Chair

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