Helping Our Most Vulnerable Populations Impacted by the Opioid Crisis: Pregnant Women, Their Infants, and Those Receiving Child Welfare Services
JBS Experts to be Featured at National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit
Two of JBSâ€™s in-house behavioral health experts will present evidence-based methods for helping opioid-dependent pregnant women, their infants, and those receiving child welfare services via a conference session on Tuesday, April 3 at the 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta.
Jennifer Kasten, Clinical TA Project Director, and Pamela Baston, Technical Expert Lead, will present the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)â€™s newly published â€śClinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants.â€ť They also will demonstrate a model of intervention with child welfare and court staff to mitigate escalation.
For their session, Dr. Kasten and Ms. Baston draw upon JBSâ€™s 30 years of experience supporting opioid policy and programs around the United States for state and federal clients. In particular, the session will cover a new and innovative training and workforce development initiative Ms. Baston developed for the state of Florida to better equip child welfare and judicial staff serving a rapidly increasing number of families dealing with the effects of opioid misuse.
â€śThe opioid epidemic is a very serious crisis that is taking the child welfare system by storm â€” itâ€™s like a tsunami,â€ť Ms. Baston said. â€śItâ€™s overwhelming the judicial system, itâ€™s overwhelming the child welfare caseloads, and itâ€™s overwhelming the foster care system. My goal is to help staff working in these systems have a better understanding of the complexity of opioid addiction so that they can help parents and children without oversimplifying the solutions.â€ť
JBS is a Gold Sponsor of the summit, which is expected to draw more than 2,500 of the nationâ€™s top professionals from local, state, and federal agencies, business, academia, treatment providers, and allied communities impacted by prescription drug abuse and heroin use. Featured speakers include former President Bill Clinton; Dr. Jerome M. Adams, U.S. Surgeon General; Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health; Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner; Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse; and many others.
Dr. Kasten and Ms. Baston will join other substance abuse experts and leadership from JBSâ€™s North Bethesda headquarters and Atlanta office in exhibit booth 604 at the summit to share JBSâ€™s experiences from working around the country to address myriad facets of the opioid epidemic.
â€śOur years of work in every U.S. state and territory have shown us how critical integrated solutions are to addressing substance use disorders and their effects on families,â€ť Dr. Kasten said. â€śWeâ€™re looking forward to sharing our experience and hearing what others are doing to respond to the opioid epidemic.â€ť