A Future Without Discrimination Webcast

The fourth episode in a free 4-part webcast series entitled, The Power of Perceptions and Understanding, brought to you by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration and the Recovery Research Institute.

A Future Without Discrimination & Discriminatory Practices

Substance use disorders and related problems remain the most pervasive and intransigent public health problems in the U.SGreater understanding of addiction as a disease of the brain and not a criminal issue, has led to an increased need to address addiction from a broad public health perspectiveThis webcast will envision what the treatment and public health landscape would like if we were to eradicate all discriminatory practices, and what steps we need to take to ensure this happens.

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Dr. HILARY CONNERY, the Clinical Director of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at McLean Hospital. Dr. Connery is the New England director for the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, rotation director for addiction psychiatry in Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital Adult Psychiatry Resident Training Program, and mentor in Partners Healthcare Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship. She contributed to American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for treatment of substance abuse and is an investigator in Harvard University/New England Consortium of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network.

JOANNE PETERSON is the Founder and Executive Director of Learn to Cope (LTC), a non-profit peer-led support network that began in 2004. Joanne’s journey started as a young girl with siblings experiencing issues with mental illness and addiction. Years later when Joanne discovered that her own son’s experimentation with prescription drugs led to an opioid addiction, she was motivated and empowered to use her voice to bring about change.

TOM HILL joined the National Council for Behavioral Health in March 2017 as Vice President of Addiction and Recovery. Mr. Hill previously served as a Presidential Appointee in the position of Senior Advisor on Addiction and Recovery to the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. As part of this post, he initially served as Acting Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Prior to his political appointment, Mr. Hill was a Senior Associate at Altarum Institute, serving as Technical Assistance Director for a number of SAMHSA treatment and recovery support grant initiatives. He also served for four years as Director of Programs at Faces & Voices of Recovery.

Dr. CHRIS YADRON is the regional vice president of the west for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. In this capacity he oversees the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, outpatient sites in West Los Angeles and San Diego, as well as Hazelden Betty Ford facilities in Newberg and Beaverton, Oregon. Dr. Yadron has provided exceptional clinical service and effective leadership in a wide variety of substance use, mental health and nonprofit settings over the past 20 years. Most recently, he served as the executive director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s facilities in New York, located in the Chelsea and Tribeca neighborhoods of Manhattan.

Moderated By Ivette Torres



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