Welcome Note from the Conference Chair, Vickie Walters – 2016

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Inc. (AATOD), it gives me great pleasure to invite you to the 2016 AATOD Conference being held October 29 to November 2, 2016 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. The 2016 Conference is sponsored by the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration in conjunction with the Opioid Treatment Providers of Maryland.

AATOD has a long history of providing an outstanding conference which has consistently provided conference attendees with new and exciting avenues for learning and networking. And 2016 will be no different. During this conference Maryland providers have put together an outstanding workshop filled with art and healing titled, The New Day Campaign: Where Stigma Ends, Healing Begins. The workshop will highlight poetry, music, painting, and other art forms focused on the intersection of art and healing as a way to help end the stigma so often associated with substance use disorders. This will be an experience you won’t want to miss.

The conference will be filled with many opportunities to network with others working in the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) field and to gain knowledge about meeting the needs of those with co-occurring disorders, opioid overdose prevention, treatment for youth and pregnant women, and many other current issues through workshops and Hot Topic Roundtable Discussions. Presenters from all over the world will be sharing information on how to improve your practice and your treatment program.

The conference theme, “Saving Lives: Access to Improved Health and Recovery,” promises to highlight the innovative strategies that are the cornerstone of many behavioral healthcare efforts. Your attendance at the conference will assist you in the development of strategies to improve the collaboration between opioid treatment providers and the systems needed to coordinate care for those we serve so that they can best meet their goals for recovery. Research has proven that effective care coordination increases efficiency and improves clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction with care.

Our plenary speakers have been chosen to assist us in reaching this goal. To name a few, ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli, MEd, SAMHSA/CSAT Director Kimberly Johnson, PhD, and Congressman Elijah Cummings are among the invited plenary speakers. And you won’t want to miss the Clinicians Course, diverse Workshops, timely Hot Topic Roundtables, and numerous vendors available with products and services that will assist your clinic in doing business.

This conference has been designed to meet the needs of everyone from the newbie to the seasoned counselor, administrator, peer recovery advocate, public health professional, and anyone interested in or currently working with medication assisted treatment.

Please plan to join us at the 2016 AATOD conference in Baltimore, Maryland. You won’t be disappointed!


Vickie L. Walters, LCSW-C
2016 Conference Chair

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