February 4, 2015 (Jackson, MS) – The Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg will be host to substance use treatment professionals from across the state at the 8th Annual Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals on April 7-10.
Sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s (DMH) Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services, the conference is an effort to further educate Mississippi’s Addiction, Treatment and Prevention Professionals through a variety of speakers and topics. Registration is now open and available online at www.themsschool.ms.gov or by calling DMH at 601-359-1288.
“We provide a learning experience where professionals and non-professionals can come together to learn from innovative leaders in the field of substance abuse treatment and prevention,” said Jerri Avery, DMH Director of the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services. “The Mississippi School is an excellent way to educate people on the available best practices to produce the greatest outcomes for those we serve.”
The Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals will offer exciting plenary sessions, special events, and a variety of courses in prevention, intervention and treatment, all of which are designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of each participant. The Mississippi School offers a variety of sessions that address contemporary topics to help professionals remain abreast of the latest trends.
The conference is open to treatment professionals, service providers, educators, parents, nurses, social workers, school counselors, law enforcement, faith based organizations, concerned citizens and others.
Keynote presenters include: Dr. Rodney Wambeam, “Boomers, Xers, & Millennials: How New Research on Generations Can Inform the Future of Prevention;” Skye Tikkanen, “The Use of Peer Mentors in the Recovery Process: How and Why;” Dr. Amelia Arria, “Prevention and Early Intervention: Strategies for Professionals and Parents;” Dr. Merrill Norton, “The Adolescent Brain & Addiction;” Dr. Ijeoma Achara, “The Future is Now: Designing Recovery-Oriented Services that Address Today’s Challenges;” and William McCormick, “Getting Paid in Behavioral Health Care: Revenue Cycle Management 101.”
Substance use disorders don’t affect just the individuals living with them, but their families, friends and communities. Thousands of Mississippians are in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse. They are neighbors, friends, and family members leading healthy and productive lives in our communities.
More than 21.3 million people aged 12 or older needed treatment for a substance use disorder in the United States in 2012. In Mississippi alone 171,000 people and their families are affected by this disease. Each year, the alcohol and drug residential treatment centers certified by DMH’s Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services provide residential treatment to more than 6,000 Mississippians living with substance abuse and dependence issues.
For more information about The 8th Annual Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals, contact 601-359-1288 or visit www.theMSschool.ms.gov. If you or someone you know is in need of treatment, call the Department of Mental Health’s toll-free help line at 1-877-210-8513.
DMH is supporting a better tomorrow by making a difference in the lives of Mississippians with mental illness, substance abuse problems and intellectual or developmental disabilities one person at a time.