Annual Sobering Summit

Presentations from our 2019 National Sobering Summit are available below!

October 11-12, 2019
8:30AM – 5 PM both days

LEARN AND SHARE with industry experts in the heart of Washington, D.C.

  • Implementing a Sobering Center: The Basics to Get Started 
  • EMS-Sobering Collaborations: Emerging Trends in Research and Legislation
  • Sustainability and Funding for Sobering Centers
  • Drug intoxication: Creating an Effective Care Environment
  • Panel Discussions on Breaking Through Barriers and more…

Presentations for 2019 National Sobering Summit

Trends and Needs Regarding Substance Use: It’s not just alcohol. What does the landscape of substance use and drug trends look like in the clients we serve and in communities across our country?   
Click here for presentation by: Alicia Kowalchuk, DO, FASAM, Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine Department of Family & Community Medicine
Click here for presentation by: John Eadie, PDMP Project Coordinator for the National Emerging Threats Initiative, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)

Sobering 101 – From Concept to Operation:  Want to start a sobering center? Meet the key players who implemented a sobering center from start to finish in three years navigating politics, funding and business formation. In this case, law enforcement is a primary partner.
Click here for presentation by:  Leonard Kincaid LCDC, LPC, MBA, Executive Director, Houston Recovery Center (TX); Ed Gonzalez, Sheriff, Harris County Sheriff’s Office (TX); and Mike Lee, Major, Mental Health and Jail Diversion,  Harris County Sheriffs’ Office (TX)

Solutions for ED Diversion?: Maximizing utilization of sobering centers
Click here for presentation by: Jason Pickett MD, FACEP, FAEMS, Deputy Medical Director, City of Austin-Travis County EMS System (TX)
Click here for presentation by: Clement Yeh MD, FACEP, FAEMS, Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (CA)

“The Untold Story”: Sobering Center’s role in policy and advocacy efforts to improve the lives of our clients without homes
Click here for presentation by: Barbara DiPietro PhD, Senior Director of Policy, National Health Care for the Homeless

Why Data Matters: Data isn’t sexy but it really matters. This session discusses the ins and outs of data. See how it tells the story guiding operations, funding, marketing, research, and impact.
Click here for presentation by: Suzanne Jarvis, MPH,  Director Data and Program Analytics, Houston Recovery Center  & Vicki Powers, Communications Specialist, Houston Recovery Center

Sobering Models – Diversity, Flexibility, and Responsiveness of Care
Click here for presentation by: Donna Cretcher LCSW, Senior Manager, Whole Person Care/Health and Hospital Administration (San Jose, CA) & Tina Sentner, Program Director – Mission Street Sobering Center (San Jose, CA)
Click here for presentation by: Jim Dunford MD, San Diego Police Department/ McAlister Sobering Center (CA)
Click here for presentation by: Arish Narayen, Esq., Stabilization Center Project Manager, Maryland Crisis Stabilization Center/Behavioral Health System Baltimore (MD)

Evolving Trends Impacting Sobering CentersHow do evolving substance use trends impact sobering care? Methamphetamines and Opioids present an ongoing threat and new demand on sobering centers.
Click here for presentation by: Hilary Aquino MA,Associate VP of Homeless and Diversion Services/ Director of Sobering Center (Los Angeles ,CA)
Click here for presentation by: Angela Longe FNP-BC, Director of Medical Services, Tuerk House & Crisis Stabilization Center (Baltimore, MD)

The Power of Peers
(Coming) presentation by: Dr. Masica Jordan, LCPC, President and CEO of Jordan Peer Recovery

Start-Up Toolkit: Where do we begin? Based on interaction with community stakeholders seeking to bring sobering services to their region, the National Sobering Collaborative constructed a Sobering Center Start-Up Tool Kit.
(Coming) presentation by: Leonard Kincaid LCDC, LPC, MBA – Executive Director, Houston Recovery Center (TX)
Click here for copy of Draft Sobering Tool-Kit (PDF)

Where’s the Money?Financial sustainability is critical to any business. Since sobering care can be funded by different sources, where do you find the money for start-up and sustainable operations?
(Coming) presentation by: Glynis Anderson LMSW, ACSW CEO/ Founder – Home for New Vision Engagement Center (Ann Arbor, MI)