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Date: 11-17-17
Time: 08:00 AM
Location: Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market St., Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 18701


8th Annual Educational Conference: Building a Community to Conquer Opioid Addiction

A David & Lillian Thalenfeld Family Life Program of FSA NEPA Celebrating National Family Week

8:00 - 8:45 AM Registration for Professionals & Public
Continental Breakfast / Resource Tables Open

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Video “The Anonymous People” 88 minutes (will be available to view at your leisure)

8:45 - 9:00 AM "National Family Week Educational Conference Welcome Message"
Michael Zimmerman, MS, CEO, FSA of NEPA

9:00 - 10:15 AM Opening Session: 
"The Opiate Crisis: New Issues and New Models”

  • Mark Schenker, PhD, Private Practice, Philadelphia, PA

10:15 - 10:30 AM Break - Resource Tables Open

10:30 - 11:45 AM Concurrent Session 1

  • A: “Addiction 101” - Richard R. Silbert, MD, DLFAPA, Senior Medical Dir., Community Care Behavioral Health, Org. Moosic, PA & Assoc. Prof. Psychiatry, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Scranton, PA
  • B: “Community Based Strategies for Opioid Prevention” - Allison Burrell, MPH, CPH, CHES, Research Specialist, University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, PA
  • C: “Responses to Opioid Overdoses in Our Communities” - Eugene J. Dziak, Emergency Management Coordinator of Wyoming County, Tunkhannock, PA and James Jay Delaney, Jr. ASS, Fire Chief/EMT/P, EMC., Wilkes-Barre, PA

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM Break - Resource Tables Open

12:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch and Keynote Address:
“Don’t Give Up Five Minutes Before the Miracle”

  • Laurie J. Besden, Esquire, Exec. Dir. Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of PA, Camp Hill, PA

1:30 - 1:45 PM Break - Resource Tables Open

1:45 - 3:00 PM Concurrent Session 2

  • D: “Street Pharmacology” - Ken Dickinson, Hon.DSc, RPh, Consultant, Recovery Centers of America "Licensed Healthcare Professionals Program", Devon, PA
  • E: “A Criminal Defendant’s Perspective on “Now I’m in the System, How Can I Get Out” - Steven M. Greenwald, Esq., Chief Public Defender, Luz. Co. Public Defenders Office and Samuel M. Sanguedolce, Esq., First Asst. DA, Office of District Attorney, Luz. Co., Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • F: “Families: The Forgotten in Addiction” - Jason Harlen, MA-Org. Management, CADC. CEO, WVADS, Inc. Wilkes-Barre, PA and Cathy Ryzner, Certified Recovery Specialist, WVADS, Inc. Wilkes-Barre, PA

3:00 - 3:15 PM Break - Resource Tables Open Until 3:30 PM

3:15 - 4:30 PM Concurrent Session 3

  • G: “From Addiction to Recovery and Beyond / Building More Recovery Ready Communities” - John Fabiseski, Certified Recovery Specialist / CRS Trainer, Susquehanna Co. Trehab, Montrose, PA, and Cathy Ryzner, Certified Recovery Specialist, WVADS, Inc. Wilkes-Barre, PA, panel moderators
  • H: “Opioid Epidemic/Naloxone Training” - Rachel Wydra, BSN, RN, PA Dept. of Health- Population Health Nurse/Behavioral Health Nurse Consultant, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • I: “Are We Prepared to Respond to Substance Abuse in the Senior Population?” - Teresa Osborne, MS, PA Secretary of Aging, Harrisburg, PA

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Amber Loomis at (570) 823-5144, ext. 309 or

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8th Annual National Family Week Conference: Building a Community to Conquer Opioid Addiction
In Partnership with: Community Care Behaviorial Health Organization, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18, Luzerne & Wyoming Counties, Northeast Behavioral Health Care Consortium, Wyoming Valley Alcohol & Drug Services, Inc. 


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