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Monday, April 15, 2019


Keynote Presentation

Effective Strategies for Dealing with the Opioid Crisis: Prevention, Treatment and Policy Implications

  1. Thomas McLellan, PhD

Founder, Treatment Research Institute

Emeritus Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania


Workshop 1A

A Two-Generation Approach to Trauma: NJ Pilots Educating about ACEs Science in the Classroom and Implementing ACEs Screening in Pediatric Primary Care

Kyle Shupp, MPH                                                                                    Steve Kairys, MD, MPH, FAAP

Program Manager                                                                                  Medical Director

NJ Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics                                   NJ Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics


Candida Rodriguez, AA

Family Development Worker

Mi Casita Daycare Center


Workshop 1B

Peer Recovery Support: The Value of a Peer Recovery Support Model to Address the Opioid Crisis

Joshua J. Crick, LCADC, LSW                                                                 Christina Kadelski, MA, LPC

Program Coordinator                                                                            Program Coordinator

Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care                                       Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care


Workshop 1C

Getting Beneath Trauma: A Trauma-Informed Care Intervention for Holocaust Survivors Targeting Emotion Regulation, Anxiety/Depression, Loneliness and Agency Utilization

Dr. Keith Morgen                                                                                   Tina Maschi, PhD

Centenary University                                                                             Fordham University

Social and Behavioral Science Department                                       Graduate School of Social Service


Alyssa Reiner, MSW, LCSW                                                                  Gregory Yucht, MSW, LSW

Jewish Family Services of Central New Jersey                                  Jewish Family Services of Central New Jersey


Workshop 1D

Practice Transformation, Data and Reporting: Maximizing Technology to Improve Health Outcomes

Sarah Balzano, RN, BS, CPM                                                                Van Ly, MS

Program Director, Garden Practice Transformation Network       Senior Director, Business Development

New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII)                                               New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII)


Workshop 1E

Dissection of the Data Breach Process: The Incident, the Response and the Aftermath

Deborah A. Cmielewski, Esq.


Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP



State Leadership Panel

Moderator:        Lilo Stainton

MS, Reporter, NJ Spotlight


Commissioner Carole Johnson (confirmed)                       Commissioner Shereef Elnahal (confirmed)

Commissioner Christine Norbut Beyer (invited)                Commissioner Sheila Oliver  (invited) 


Workshop 1F

Integrated Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder for Pregnant Women and New Mothers

Mary Gay Abbott-Young, M.Ed                                                          Connie Mercer, MA

Chief Executive Officer                                                                          Founder & Executive Director

Rescue Mission of Trenton                                                                   HomeFront NJ


Lisa Merritt, MSN, RN-BC

Director of Nursing

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton


Workshop 1G

Living Room Model Psychiatric Emergency Services

Allison MacFadyen, MS, NCC, LPC, CPRP                                           Sally A. Andrews, MA, LCADC

PESS Director                                                                                           Clinical Supervisor

Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services                                                      Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services


Rajinda Fenn, MSW, LSW

Clinical Supervisor

Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services


Workshop 1H

Ready, Set, Here Comes Value Based Payment

Suzanne Daub, LCSW                                                                            Joshua Rubin, MPP

Principal, Health Management Associates                                        Principal, Health Management Associates


Workshop 1I

Transformational Compliance Training through Employee Engagement

Margarita Derelanko, MA, CHC                                                         Karen Acker   

Director of Compliance                                                                         Administrative Director/Compliance Officer

Robins’ Nest Inc.                                                                                     West Bergen Mental Healthcare


Tuesday, April 16, 2019


Keynote Presentation

NJAMHAA Members, This Is Your Time! 

Susan Dreyfus, BA

President and CEO

Alliance for Strong Families and Communities


Workshop 2A

Trauma, ACEs and the Impact upon the Level of Functioning for Children and Adolescents as Assessed by the Children’s Global Assessment Scale

Dr. Tamiko Smith, PsyD/MBA/Certified School Psychologist

Hampton Academy


Workshop 2B

It’s All Relative: Harnessing the Power of Families in Integrated Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services

Barry J. Jacobs, PsyD


Workshop 2C

Thought Leadership in Population Health: Transforming LGBTQIA Cultural Competency

Mary A. Ditri, DHA, MA, CHCC                                                            Jennifer M. B. Sryfi, MHA

Director, Professional Practice                                                             Director, Program Development and Evaluation

New Jersey Hospital Association                                                         New Jersey Hospital Association


Jackie Jacalan Baras, MSN, MBA, RN

Quality Nurse Manager, Perioperative Services

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital


Workshop 2D

Exploring the Benefits of Behavioral Healthcare Accreditation

Andrea Fogg, MS                                                                                   Lisa J. George, MS

Quality Assurance Performance Improvement Administrator     Director of Quality

Cape Atlantic Integrated Network for Kids (I.N.K.)                          Robins’ Nest Inc.,


Kathy Reeves, LCSW, CS

Director of Performance Improvement, Compliance, Screening/Disaster Services

Cape Counseling Services


Workshop 2E

Maximizing Health Information Technology in the Fight against the Opioid Crisis

David Bucciferro                                                                                     David R. Lacouture, MSW, LSW

Senior Advisor                                                                                         Chief Administration Officer

Foothold Technology                                                                             NewBridge Services, Inc.


Workshop 2F

Embrace and Supercharge your Leadership Style

Anne E. Collier, MPP, JD                                                                        Cynthia Shaffer, MS, MBA, ACC

Professional Certified Coach                                                                Arudia, Chief of Operations & Practice Group

Arudia, Chief Executive Officer                                                            Chair



What’s in Your Bag? Unpacking One Item at a Time

William Michael Barbee


Airmid Counseling Services, LLC


Workshop 2G

Suicide Risk in Children and Adolescents: A Community Health Perspective

Elizabeth Schopfer, LAC, MSEd, MPhilEd                                          Autumn Lane, DO

Mobile Response Worker & Functional Family Therapist              Pediatrician

Robins’ Nest                                                                                             PM Pediatrics


Workshop 2H

The Role of Physical Therapy in the Opioid Epidemic

Thomas Gardner, DPT, ATC, FAAOMPT

Director of Rehabilitation, Performance Spine & Sports Medicine


Workshop 2I

The Blueprint for Complex Care: Assessing & Implementing Your Local Complex Care Ecosystem

Rebecca Sax, MPH                                                                                  Jon Tew, JD

Program Manager, National Initiatives                                              Senior Program Manager, Policy & Advocacy

Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers                                       Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers


Workshop 2J

Feeling the Squeeze: Navigating Managed Care Network Participation

Salvatore G. Rotella, Jr., Esq.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC



Workshop 2K

Medicaid-Compliant Documentation: The Art & Science of Getting Paid

John Monahan, LCSW

President & CEO

Integrated Care for Recovery


Workshop 2L

Clinician Satisfaction and its Role in Turnover and Retention

Dennis Morrison, PhD

Chief Clinical Advisor



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