Acting Chief for the Division of Pain Management, Spectrum Health Hospitals, Grand Rapids, MichiganR. Corey Waller MD, MS is an addiction, pain, and emergency medicine specialist in Grand Rapids, MI. He works within the Spectrum Health system, a fully integrated health system with 11 hospitals and over 1000 employed physicians. He is the Medical Director of the Spectrum Health Medical Group Center for Integrative Medicine, the Medical Staff Chief of Pain Medicine to the Spectrum Health Hospital System, the President of the Michigan Society of Addiction Medicine, as well as SUD Medical Director at Lakeshore Regional Partners (Community Mental Health-Region 3). Dr. Waller earned a Master’s of Science in neuromolecular biology at Southwest Texas State University and earned his Medical Degree at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. Dr. Waller completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Waller’s special interests include understanding the biopsychosocial and financial impact of high cost complex patients, pregnant patients with a substance use disorder, and the complex interaction of pain and addiction.
VP of Addictions, National Council for Behavioral Health, Washington, District of ColumbiaBecky Vaughn has been working in the addictions field for over 30 years. She was a member of the founding board of The Georgia Association for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse (GAPTSA) in 1992 and became their first Executive Director in 1994. Her responsibilities included training and advocacy at the local, state, and national level. In July of 2000 GAPTSA merged with an Atlanta coalition creating The Georgia Council on Substance Abuse where she served as President and CEO until 2007. Her work continued there as an advocate at the Legislature and catalyst in the community on issues related to prevention, treatment, recovery, homelessness, and drug courts with the goal of reducing the impact of substance abuse on GA communities. Her work included passage of many bills addressing substance use disorder solutions as well as securing budget resources. Beginning in 2008 she took over the helm of the State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS) as their CEO after serving on its Board since 2000. Since the recent merger of SAAS with the National Council for Behavioral Health, Becky is now serving as the newly created VP for Addictions at the Council with a goal of building the addiction presence and services at the Council. She has served on numerous state and federal committees and panels and speaks on the issue in a variety of settings. Becky received her degrees from the University of GA and GA State University. She grew up in Atlanta, but is enjoying being part of the DC community. As a former teacher and the mother of four, she is passionate about preventing and finding solutions to the far-reaching problems caused by untreated addiction.
CEO, Central Kansas Foundation, Salina, KansasLes Sperling serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Kansas Foundation. He has held this position since October of 1999. The Foundation provides a full continuum of substance use prevention and treatment services in five locations throughout Kansas. Les is a Licensed Addiction Counselor and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from McPherson College. He has 30 years of experience in the substance use disorder field and specializes in the integration of behavioral health services into acute and primary medical care settings. Mr. Sperling has served on the Kansas Substance Abuse Policy Board, Kansas DUI Commission, and the Governor’s Mental Health Initiative Task Force. He currently consults with behavioral health organizations and medical care providers throughout the country and serves on several State of Kansas advisory panels including the Kansas Veterans Initiative, KanCare Health Homes, and the Kansas SBIRT initiative.
Executive Director, Clayton Behavioral, Saint Louis, MissouriNed Presnall is a licensed clinical social worker and executive director of Clayton Behavioral’s Addiction and Mental Health Treatment Programs. He is an adjunct professor at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. Ned has given presentations, conducted trainings, and written papers for the Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center, the Missouri Department of Mental health, the Missouri Chapter of the National Association of Social Work, the Missouri Addiction Counselor’s Association, St. Louis Alliance for Re-entry (STAR), and St. Louis Probation and Parole. He is passionate about reducing the stigma against persons with mental illness and addiction and in advancing evidence-based treatments.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Room: 412, Fourth Floor
Acting Chief for the Division of Pain Management, Spectrum Health Hospitals, Grand Rapids, Michigan
VP of Addictions, National Council for Behavioral Health, Washington, District of Columbia
CEO, Central Kansas Foundation, Salina, Kansas
Executive Director, Clayton Behavioral, Saint Louis, Missouri
With the gradual acceptance of the disease model of addiction, SUDS have come to be seen as mainstream health problems that require attention throughout the continuum of healthcare. The historical marginalization of SUDs treatment has required deliberate and novel attempts integration. This panel presentation will provide a conceptual framework for the integration of SUDS treatment within the healthcare system and present two recent examples of successful integration.The scope of work completed by the addiction professionals included screening, brief intervention, consultation, discharge planning, family consultations and warm hand offs to community based detoxification and SUD treatment services. Outcomes generated by the integration of SUD and peer mentoring services include the movement of alcohol and drug 30 day readmissions from the 2nd most frequent to off the top 25 list in the Emergency Department, average reduction in length of stay of 1.3 days for patients admitted for alcohol and drug related DRG, and a corresponding reduction is cost per discharge for alcohol and drug related admissions. The ongoing integration efforts continue to expand access to evidenced based SUD interventions including medication assisted treatment and opiate withdrawal support and services.