Here’s Your Chance to Be an Addiction Treatment Advocate

addiction treatment advocacy

Plus: New date for NAATP leadership conference, Pinnacle adds more Ohio treatment centers, and mentorship opportunities for grad students

By William Wagner

New & Next: Advocacy

NAADAC’s Advocacy in Action Conference and Hill Day

Want to learn how to use your voice to make a difference in the addiction treatment field? NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, will teach you with its virtual 2021 Advocacy in Action Conference on April 13 and 14. Featuring high-profile presenters such as Tom Coderre, acting assistant secretary for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the conference is designed to bring you up to speed on important advocacy issues.

For those ready to take action, NAADAC’s Virtual Hill Day on April 15, followed by a debrief on April 16, will provide an ideal forum. Virtual Hill Day will enable you to talk to lawmakers about things that matter to you in addiction care.

You can earn up to 11.5 CEs from the two events. Register here.

New & Next: Webinars & Conferences

ASAM Webinar on Treatment Fundamentals

If you’re trying to build up your base of knowledge, consider attending the “Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine Workshop” by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Scheduled for April 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., it will cater to newcomers to the field. You can register here. And while you’re at it, check out other workshops that ASAM has on tap.

New Dates for NAATP Leadership Conference

The next treatment trendsetters may well come out of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) National Addiction Leadership Conference, though the launching point will be later than originally planned. To ensure a safe in-person environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference has been moved back to Dec. 7 to 9 in Denver at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Among the attractions are 100-plus addiction provider and vendor exhibit booths, educational sessions and a CEO leadership luncheon. Go here to register.

NAATP leadership conference

New & Next: Treatment Centers

Pinnacle Adds More Ohio Programs for Opioid Addiction

Pinnacle Treatment Centers is doing its part to keep pace with an opioid epidemic that has ravaged large swaths of Ohio. The provider, headquartered in Mount Laurel, N.J., has opened three more community-based facilities in Ohio to treat opioid use disorder (OUD): Athens Treatment Services, Hamilton Treatment Services and Solon Treatment Services. With those additions, Pinnacle now has 19 outpatient opioid addiction treatment centers in the Buckeye State, and more are planned.

“Ohio needs more treatment,” says Joe Pritchard, CEO of Pinnacle Treatment Centers. “We’re trying to meet that need as quickly as possible with quality, affordable care. Addiction can affect anyone—your neighbor, your friend, your co-worker, your loved one. And this is how we can be impactful, by being embedded in the communities that need help the most.”

New & Next: Mentorship

Editorial Program for Psychology Grad Students

The Canadian Psychological Association’s flagship journal, Canadian Psychology, and American Psychological Association Publishing are offering a mentorship program for graduate students in psychology. The purpose of the program is to groom participants to assume editorial positions within the psychology community. To learn more, contact Vina Goghari, Ph.D., editor of Canadian Psychology.

Photo: Andy Feliciotti