Building a Bridge

August 17, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church
746 Saginaw St
Flint, MI 48502

Meridian Health Services is proud to present:

Building a Bridge – Training for substance use disorder identification and treatment through different professional perspectives.

Sponsored by Region 10.

The Inaugural Building a Bridge training event will is a collaboration between policymakers, professionals and the individuals we serve to create awareness of unique cultural dynamics within urban, suburban and rural communities. Key stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide valuable information on working with individuals in their specific areas.

This training will help to bridge the gaps between individuals who are working with people suffering from substance use and related behavioral health disorders. It is designed to help professionals become more relatable to serving the disease and not the symptoms.

Drug and alcohol addiction is a growing problem in Southeast Michigan, with roughly 10% of persons aged 12 or older having a substance use and co-occurring disorder.

Join policymakers, community leaders, legal experts, educational and medical professionals as we learn to identify the disease of substance use and co-occurring disorders, discuss the effects of different cultural influences, and learn best practices for policies and treatment.

Professionals attending are eligible for 6.0 Continuing Education Units

Speakers will present subject matter expertise on:

  • Medical Professionals Awareness
  • Prevention & Education Efforts
  • Treatment Standards
  • Legal Perspectives
  • Public Policy


8:00a – 8:45a Breakfast & Registration/Color Guard
9:00a Opening Remarks, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
9:15a Treatment Perspective, Rick Paige, CEO Meridian Health Services
9:45a Judges Perspective, Honorable Judge Hala Jarbou, Oakland County Circuit Court
10:15a Adult Treatment Court Perspective, Honorable Judge Mark Latchana
10:45a Region Perspective, Jim Johnson Region 10 PIHP CEO
11:15a Refreshment Break
11:25a Physician and Medical Perspective, Dr. Diane Morris
11:45a Candice Dunn Award Presentation
12:05p – 12:45p Lunch
12:45p Prevention and Educational Perspective, Ed Koledo, Superintendent Linden Schools
1:15p Peer Perspective, Taylor DeAngelis, Saving Grace Women’s Marketing Director
2:00p – 2:10p Break
2:10p – 3:00p Police Perspective, Jerry Clayton, Washtenaw County Sheriff, Final Comments

The Candice Dunn Hero Award

This award honors Candice Dunn, the probation officer killed in a tragic car accident on May 9, 2017, just hours after being presented the Michigan Department of Corrections’ Parole/Probation Agent of the Year award.

Candice was a teacher, probation officer, great friend, mentor, and advocate for people who are suffering from substance use disorders. This award will be presented to a teacher, police officer, counselor, or peer support person.

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