The 46th Iowa Governor's Conference on Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery

April 25, 2023 to April 27, 2023



  • Pre-conference: $0
  • Registration Fee (both days): $25
  • One-Day Registration (April 26th or 27th): $15

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For questions about registration, please email Iowa State University Registration Services or call 515-294-6222.

For questions about the program content or to apply for a scholarship to attend this conference, please email Jennifer Robertson-Hill.

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.

Conference Mission

The purpose of this conference is to establish a meaningful dialogue among health professionals by focusing on trending topics, best practices, and strategies for addressing barriers in behavioral health.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify evidence-based approaches for preventing, treating, and recovering substance use disorders and problem gambling.
  • Describe how the pandemic has impacted behavioral health needs and how the behavioral health workforce can cope using evidence-based practices.
  • Develop practical approaches for suicide prevention during a pandemic.
  • Integrate policies and practices that enhance cultural competency. 

Educational Need

Most people who need treatment for substance use disorders do not seek it. According to the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the most common reason (98%) of respondents did not receive needed substance use treatment was they did not feel they needed treatment, followed by 2% stating they felt they needed treatment and did not make an effort to get treatment.  Additionally, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has provided barriers still being measured that are outside the provider’s control and can impact their outcomes.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 15.75 AOA Category 2­A
  • 15.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 15.75 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/25/2023 - 1:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
04/27/2023 - 4:00pm CDT
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
1:45 pm

Prevention Ethics for Recertification
Facilitator: Leslie Mussman
Jodee Goche, MPS, CADC and Amy Croll, LMSW, CPS 

Ethics Recertification for Prevention professionals is a 3-hour course that guides prevention professionals in performing their professional responsibilities and expresses the basic tenets of ethical and professional conduct.

  • Identify the six principles that makeup Iowa’s Code of Ethics for Prevention.
  • Identify a framework for ethical decision-making.
  • Identify potential ethical dilemmas that experienced preventionists’ and prevention supervisors may face
  • Apply a framework for ethical decision-making to ethical dilemmas to determine a course of action.

Ethics and Risk Management in Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Facilitator: Monica Wilke Brown
Frederick Reamer, PhD

This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of challenging ethical and risk management issues in substance use disorder treatment. Dr. Frederic Reamer will draw on his extensive experience as an ethics consultant and expert witness to provide practical advice about protecting clients and preventing litigation and licensing-board complaints.

  • Identify ethical issues and dilemmas in substance use disorder treatment
  • Apply prominent ethical standards to ethical issues that arise
  • Develop practical strategies to protect clients and prevent litigation and licensing board complaints.
4:45 pmAdjourn
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
8:30 am

Kelly Garcia and Marissa Eyanson

9:15 am

Emerging Drug Threats in the United States
John Eadie, MPA

The role of Fentanyl in increasing overdose deaths, even in combination with other drugs, will be presented. The strong correlation between drug seizures by law enforcement and interdicting abused drugs will be explored. The sudden increase in drug overdose deaths at the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic will be examined, as will the simultaneous, short-term reduction in drug seizures by law enforcement.

Objectives: Attendees will see evidence of how Fentanyl increases overdose deaths involving other drugs. Attendees will learn about the correlation between drug overdose deaths and drug seizures by law enforcement. Attendees will learn about the simultaneity of increasing drug overdose deaths and temporary reductions in law enforcement drug seizures during the early days of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

10:15 amBreak
10:30 am

Cannabis and CBD in 2023
Kevin Hill, MD, MHS

Cannabis policy continues to evolve in the United States.  Millions of Americans are using cannabis and cannabinoids like CBD despite not clearly understanding their risks and benefits.  This presentation will outline the state of the science for the risks and benefits of cannabis and cannabinoids like CBD.

Objectives: To identify FDA-approved cannabinoids and their medical indications. To discuss the effects of cannabis on common psychiatric conditions. To review the risks and benefits of CBD use.

11:30 am

Substance Use and Suicide Risk Among LGBTQ Youth
Keygan Miller, MA

Using Data from The Trevor Project’s National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, we will examine the relationship between substance use and suicide risk among LGBTQ youth, focusing on what can be done to reduce harm, decrease risk factors, and increase protective factors for LGBTQ youth.

12:30 pmLunch
1:00 pmBreakout Session 1

1A: Supporting LGBTQ Youth
Facilitator: Keri Neblett
Keygan Miller, MA

This presentation will provide a basic framework for understanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and the unique challenges they often face. This training is designed to create dialogue regarding what it means to be an ally for LGBTQ folks by informing participants about terminology used in the LGBTQ community, the process of coming out as an LGBTQ person, and a discussion of the challenges faced by LGBTQ folks in their homes, schools, and communities.

  • Describe what it means to be an ally to LGBTQ youth.
  • Identify unique challenges facing LGBTQ people.
  • Identify ways to create safer and more supportive environments for LGBTQ people.

1B: Re(dis)covered: A Recovery Journey
Facilitator: Cody Crawford

1C: Emerging Trends in Gambling and Today's College Student
Facilitator: Katrina Bee
Daniel Trolaro, MS

Consistently, there are more creative and fast-paced forms of entertainment to help people escape, cope, or adjust to life's stressors. One area that has seen explosive growth exists in legalized sports gambling.  This workshop will explore the psychological impact on today’s youth and emerging adults, emerging trends, and considerations for prevention and treatment.

  • Identify the landscape of gambling and emerging trends in Iowa and nationwide.
  • Identify the personality traits that lend themselves to addiction and make college-age students more vulnerable.
  • Explain ways to reduce harm among emerging adults and available resources for support and assistance within the state

1D: Understanding Addiction Stigma: Iowa's 2022 Data and Implications for Stigma Reduction Efforts
Facilitator: Liz Sweet
Rachael Cooper, MFS

Shatterproof, alongside the State of Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Survey Research at Indiana University, and Ipsos, conducted a survey measuring levels of addiction stigma in Iowa. This presentation will review the 2022 data, results, and trends and discuss implications for current and future addiction stigma reduction efforts across the state.

  • Summarize, compare, and contrast the types of addiction stigma.
  • Describe current levels of addiction stigma across the nation and in Iowa.
  • Connect, correlate, and relate to current and future addiction stigma reduction efforts.
2:00 pmBreak
2:15 pmBreakout Session 2 

2A: CRUSH RCC and the Recovery Community
Facilitator: Monica Wilke-Brown
Phil Valentine, Cindy West, MBA, and Rod Courtney, BSW  

A brief description of CRUSH Recovery Community Center and its positive impact on the community. How we got started and where we are today.

  • Why are Recovery Community Centers Important?
  • Why we do what we do.
  • Where we are at today.

2B: A Deeper Dive into Cannabis and Psychiatric Illness
Facilitator: Sarah Vannice
Kevin Hill, MD, MHS 

Cannabis policy continues to evolve in the United States.  Millions of Americans are using cannabis and cannabinoids like CBD despite not clearly understanding their risks and benefits. This presentation will outline the state of the science for the risks and benefits of cannabis and cannabinoids like CBD.

  • Identify FDA-approved cannabinoids and their medical indications.
  • Discuss the effects of cannabis on common psychiatric conditions.
  • Review risks and benefits of CBD use.

2C: The Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program: Recent Updates and Continued Progress
Facilitator: Kayla Sankey
Mitchell Barnett, PharmD, MS and Cathy Lillehoj, PhD

The presentation will highlight recent legislative changes related to the Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), call attention to recent prescription drug usage trends in Iowa, and detail the relationship between PMP integration initiatives and PMP usage in Iowa.

  • Describe recent legislative changes and their impact on Iowa PMP rules and reporting requirements.
  • Define the increase in stimulant prescriptions as a call to action for prevention.
  • Evaluate the relationship between integration initiatives and increases in patient PMP queries.

2D: Suicide Prevention Strategies in Iowa
Facilitator: Leslie Mussman
Drew Martel, LISW, CADC

Join Drew Martel, Chief Clinical Officer at Foundation 2 Crisis Services, as he assesses the current epidemiology of suicide in Iowa, identifying prevention and intervention strategies and exploring future priorities for state and national prevention initiatives.  Drew will identify several current prevention strategies underway, as well as an analysis of national initiatives and future priorities around suicide prevention.

  • Assess the epidemiology of suicide in Iowa.
  • Outline suicide prevention strategies across Iowa.
  • Explore potential future priorities for suicide prevention and intervention initiatives.
3:15 pm 

Harm Reduction and Recovery: Lived Experiences Grounded in Equity
Haner Hernandez, PhD, CPS, CADCII, LADCI 

This presentation will be grounded in eliminating disparities and building equity.  The Participants will learn about the impacts and role of harm reduction in accessing and maintaining recovery.  The presenter will center on lived experience as fundamental in the helping professions.

  • Describe Harm Reduction as a Pathway to Recovery
  • Describe Recovery and the Multiple Pathways of Recovery
  • Describe the Roles of People with Lived Experience in the Helping Professions
4:15 pmAdjourn
Thursday, April 27, 2023
8:30 am

SAMHSA Updates
Kim Freese, LAC, MPA

Hear the latest on federal priorities, funding, and policies impacting those working with people with mental illness and/or substance use conditions.

Bureau of Substance Use Update
DeAnn Decker

  1. Identify the role of Iowa HHS and state programs in preventing, treating, and recovering substance use disorders in Iowa.
  2. Identify how those with lived experience can aid in the quality improvement of SUD services in Iowa.
9:15 am

New Federal Efforts to Promote Recovery
Paolo del Vecchio, MSW

This presentation will provide an overview of the National Recovery Action Plan developed by SAMHSA’s new Office of Recovery.

  • Identify five goals for SAMHSA’s new Office of Recovery.
  • Identify the four pillars of SAMHSA’s definition of recovery.
  • Identify the number of Americans who identify as being in recovery.
10:15 amBreak
10:30 am

2022 CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline Update and Ongoing Opioid Challenges
Robert Kruse, MD, MPH, FAAFP

All patients should have access to effective and safe pain treatment options to achieve optimal health. The CDC recently issued an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain, and healthcare professionals need to know how these updates affect their practice.

  • List three critical updates to the 2022 CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain.
  • Discuss approaches to maximize benefits and minimize risks when starting, continuing, or discontinuing opioids for pain.
  • Describe strategies that can be used to address potential harms associated with opioid use.
11:30 am

How Equity Impacts Outcomes
Ashley Stewart, PhD, MSSW, LSW

This presentation focuses on defining equity and examining actionable steps toward inclusive practices. This session will also focus on an ecological approach to positive culture change.

  • Identify how inequities can impact outcomes for individuals with behavioral health disorders.
  • Process plans for improving inequities in direct service provision.
12:30 pmLunch
1:00 pmBreakout Session 3

3A: Deeper Dive: How Equity Impacts Outcomes
Facilitator: Monica Wilke-Brown
Ashley Stewart, PhD, MSSW, LSW  

This session will help participants understand the real-life impacts of inequities and how they can reduce inequalities for the people and the communities they serve.

  • Identify how inequities can impact outcomes for individuals with behavioral health disorders.
  • Process plans for improving inequities in direct service provision.  

3B: Crisis Services in Iowa
Eric Preuss, MA, IAADC, CCS and Julie Maas, LMSW

Iowa has many resources to respond to individuals and families experiencing mental health, suicide, substance use disorder, or problem gambling concern, but many people are unaware of the services. This webinar will highlight crisis services available, including mobile crisis, crisis stabilization units, Access Centers, and crisis hotlines, including Your Life Iowa and 988.

  • Define the scope of crisis services available in Iowa.
  • Discuss Your Life Iowa and the services offered.
  • Define 988 and how to access crisis services in Iowa.

3C: Introduction to the Iowa State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (IASUDORS)
Facilitator: Sarah Vannice
Kiara Stutts, MPH

This presentation will introduce the Iowa State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (IASUDORS) and how it can be used for overdose prevention and response efforts in Iowa.

  • Develop an understanding of the Iowa State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (IASUDORS).
  • Gain awareness of the current mortality profile in IASUDORS data.
  • Identify one way to use IASUDORS for Iowa's overdose prevention and response efforts in Iowa.

3D: Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics: Promoting Integrated Care in Iowa
Facilitator: Lori Hancock-Muck
Joshua Rubin, MPP

Attendees will see a PowerPoint deck explaining the CCBHC initiative, unpacking why it is spreading nationwide, and how Iowa HHS is leveraging it to promote comprehensive, coordinated, and integrated care for all Iowans.

  • What is the federal Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) initiative?
  • How is Iowa HHS embracing CCBHCs?
  • How can Iowa HHS use the CCBHC initiative to promote care integration?
2:00 pmBreak
2:15 pmBreakout Session 4

4A: Integrating Harm Reduction in Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery
Facilitator: Liz Sweet
Joshua Radke, MD, Deborah Krauss, and Andrea Weber, MD, MME, FASAM

This session will introduce the audience to harm reduction principles and how harm reduction can be safely and effectively integrated into community and healthcare settings.

  • Define harm reduction as both a social movement and a philosophy of care.
  • Creating low-barrier access to harm reduction services and substance use treatment in community and healthcare settings.
  • Integrate harm reduction principles into treatment plans that include medications for addiction treatment (MAT).

4B: Managing Stigmatizing: Language in Substance Use Prevention
Facilitator: Leslie Mussman
Laura Hinds, LCSW

How we engage a person in need of Substance Use prevention support is critical of stigmatizing language in our field and what we can do to correct it while better serving our clients. 

  • Present how our word choice and emphasis can result in stigmatized care for those with substance misuse.
  • Reflect on how we may be causing barriers and social injuries to this vulnerable population.
  • Empower preventionists in compassionately capturing and sharing the lived experiences of those they serve to improve engagement and access to care.

4C: Youth Suicide and Gambling
Facilitator: Katrina Bee
Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW

The webinar/workshop will define and review myths, terminology, and reasons regarding suicide. We will review the research on suicide and gambling disorders and how COVID may have impacted both. We will discuss screening tools to use with clients that may present a risk for suicide. And lastly, we will identify several risks and protective factors for individuals with gambling disorders.

  • Review current research for suicide and gambling disorders;
  • Identify suicide screeners/assessments to use with gambling clients;
  • Identify three risk factors of individuals with gambling disorders for suicidality.

4D: Certified Community: Behavioral Health Clinics: Promoting Integrated Care in Iowa (CCBHC Panel)
Facilitator: Lori Hancock-Muck
Joshua Rubin, MPP, Bre Degelau, Charlie Woodcock, and Lindsay Stack, LMHC, CADC, EMDR-C

  • Explain how the model has been implemented within their organization.
  • List off challenges and progress made.
  • Share about outcomes/successes of the implementation of the CCBHC model.
3:15 pm 

Leading the Way from Within
Robb Holman

During this passionate and practical talk, Robb leads the way from burnout and emptiness to fulfillment and success, exploring how an individual’s innate purpose is worth much more than the money they earn or their professional results.

  • Why perspective matters.
  • Why leading yourself first is a necessity.
  • How to embrace and live out your unique purpose.
4:15 pmAdjourn


Mitchell Barnett is the Associate Director of the Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program with the Iowa Board of Pharmacy and Iowa Department of Health and Human Services.  Mitch holds an undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Iowa.  He also completed a post-doc fellowship in clinical outcomes.  Mitch has been actively involved in health services research for over 20 years, including holding positions at the Iowa City VAMC Center of Excellence and Touro University-California, College of Pharmacy.  Mitch has published over 60 research articles and book chapters and has presented at numerous regional, national, and international meetings.


Amy Croll brings over twenty years of experience working directly with youth, youth development programming, and state and local policy development. Amy worked in youth policy at the Iowa Department of Human Rights before serving as a field consultant for the Forum for Youth Investment from 2005-2014 and co-founding and running Community Youth Concepts from 2008-2021. In addition to non-profit consulting, she has been a trainer and coach for the Iowa Department of Public Health since 2011. Amy is a licensed MSW and is a Certified Prevention Specialist.


Rachael Cooper, MFS, has devoted her career to addressing the overdose crisis, including providing direct services to people with substance use disorders, facilitating harm reduction work, providing thought leadership, and working in public policy in the U.S. and abroad. At Shatterproof, she is the Senior Director of the National Stigma Initiative, overseeing the multi-level initiative focused on addiction stigma in multiple systems, focusing on the health care system and measuring attitudinal and behavior change related to substance use and addiction. This includes working with a wide range of partner organizations, prioritizing the intersection of healthy equity, substance use, and stigma, centering people with substance use disorders in stigma reduction interventions, and ensuring stigma reduction interventions have the desired outcomes.


Rod Courtney has his bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa. Rod worked with Sixth Judicial District as a Probation and Parole Officer for over 20 years and retired on August 31, 2018. Currently, Rod Courtney, along with his wife Debbie, have established a peer-based Recovery Community Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He continues to advocate for improved recovery resources for those still suffering from a Substance Use Disorder.


Bre Degelau has worked for Eyerly Ball CMHS for over six years in various roles, including the Crisis Services Supervisor for over two years and the new CCBHC Project Direct as of November 2022.


Paolo del Vecchio identifies as a person in long-term recovery from addictions, mental health problems, and trauma.  He has served at the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for over 28 years while leading efforts to transform behavioral healthcare to foster recovery, resilience, and wellness.


John L. Eadie is the Public Health and Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) Project Coordinator for the National Emerging Threats Initiative, a National High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program.   He worked for the New York State Department of Health for 31 years. He then served as a PDMP consultant and was the founding Director of the PDMP Center of Excellence (COE) at Brandeis University.    In 2015, he transferred to the HIDTA Program to help develop a National Emerging Threats Initiative, an early warning system to identify significant changes in drug abuse.


Kim Freese is the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Regional Director serving Region 7: Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska, since 2015. Kim has worked in the behavioral healthcare field since 1992. Kim is a person thriving in long-term recovery who is a Licensed Addictions Counselor and a Certified Peer Support Specialist.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and her master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas.


Jodee Goche is a Certified Prevention Specialist with fifteen years of experience in the prevention field. Her prevention work has included implementing evidence-based community programs and providing SAPST and Ethics training for prevention professionals. She has provided technical assistance to community coalitions and applies this knowledge to her work for the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University. Ms. Goche holds a Master's in Prevention Science from the University of Oklahoma and Master’s in Management from Briar Cliff University.


A bilingual Puerto Rican, Dr. Hernandez has worked for over 35 years in health and human services. He has dedicated his career to addressing the structural determinants of health and eliminating disparities by building equity.  Dr. Hernandez has been at the forefront of developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally humble and intelligent policies, programs, and procedures designed to reach and engage racialized and marginalized populations effectively.  As a person in long-term recovery from addiction, Dr. Hernandez has extensive experience working with federal, state, and local health systems and programs and with people involved in the criminal justice system.


Dr. Kevin Hill is the Director of Addiction Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  He earned a Master’s in Health Science at the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the Yale School of Medicine.   He most commonly treats patients who have problems with alcohol, cannabis, or opioids and has been named one of Boston Magazine’s Top Doctors for the past five years.  He treats professional athletes from the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association, the Boston Red Sox, and airline pilots.  The author of Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World’s Most Popular Weed (Hazelden 2015) and co-author of Medical Cannabis: An Evidence-Based Guide (Wolters-Kluwer 2020), Dr. Hill’s research interests include the development of medications to treat cannabis use disorder as well as cannabis policy, and he has published widely on these topics in such journals as JAMA, The American Journal of Psychiatry, JAMA Internal Medicine, and Lancet Psychiatry.


Laura Hinds is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose work in medical pediatrics, trauma-specific treatment, and with special populations informs her presentations.  Committed to care's practical and theoretical aspects, she strives to offer research-supported solutions to challenging clinical problems.  Laura draws on her work with children, youth, family systems, and adult clients to inform her curricula to support those doing various work in multiple settings.


Robb Holman is a sought-after global keynote speaker and author of three transformational leadership books, Lead the Way, All In, and Move the Needle. In 2023 Robb was named one of the World’s Top 30 Leadership Speakers and inducted into the Power List of the Top 200 Biggest Voices in Leadership. His Inside Out Leadership philosophy has been featured in Inc, Forbes, and Fast Company publications.


Deborah Krauss is the Harm Reductionist & Program Director for IHRC. Mom to two children & a dog. A person that has not used substances I have had unhealthy relationships with, including opiates, alcohol, & stimulants.


Dr. Kruse joined Iowa’s Health and Human Services (HHS) as the State Medical Director in October of 2022. Prior to joining HHS, Dr. Kruse served as the Medical Director of Occupational Health at MercyOne in Des Moines. Dr. Kruse is board certified in Family Medicine and completed his residency training program at Rutgers University. He has a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has held a teaching appointment as an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in Central New Jersey.


Catherine Lillehoj has a PhD in Social Psychology from Columbia University and a Master of Science from the City University of New York. Her main professional interest is in substance use prevention and data-driven decision-making. Her work, as part of the CDC-funded Overdose Data to Action grant (OD2A) team, at the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (IA HHS), Bureau of Substance Abuse (BSA), includes a focus on timely, actionable data. Lillehoj has been actively involved in public health activities for over 20 years, including positions at the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa State University, and Cornell University. Lillehoj has authored and co-authored numerous research articles and presented them at numerous professional meetings.


Julie Maas has worked in the MHDS Division for seven years and has over 18 years of human services and mental health experience. Julie provides mental health policy analysis and contract management for Iowa’s 988 Crisis Centers and community-based mental health and disability providers. She is the Project Director for Iowa’s 988 Cooperative Agreement with SAMHSA.


Drew Martel (LISW, CADC) is the Chief Clinical Officer at Foundation 2 Crisis Services in Cedar Rapids.  Drew has presented on suicide prevention and intervention throughout Iowa and at several national conferences and workshops.  Drew has been involved in the development and expansion of several mental health and suicide prevention initiatives throughout the state of Iowa.  In addition to his work at Foundation 2, Drew is a site surveyor for The American Association of Suicidology and provides therapy at Meadowlark Psychiatric Services in North Liberty. Drew is a military veteran and lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife, Anna, two daughters, Madeline and River, and son Ellis.


Keygan Miller is the Public Training Manager for The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and mental health organization for LGBTQ young people. Keygan oversees the design and facilitation of public training to advance Trevor’s life-saving suicide prevention work and teach audiences to be strong allies for LGBTQ youth. Before this work, Keygan was an Advocacy Manager at The Trevor Project, and they served as an Intervention Specialist for Cincinnati Public Schools. Keygan received a Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Education and Human Development in Education Policy from George Washington University.


Eric Preuss is the Your Life Iowa Project Director (Iowa Department of Public Health), overseeing the YLI helpline, website, health promotion, and quality assurance/data integrity activities.  Before joining IDPH, Eric spent over 20 years as a counselor, educator, and leader in substance use disorder treatment and homelessness.  He holds a Master’s degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.


Dr. Radke is a physician at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He works in the Emergency Department but is also a Medical Toxicologist and Addiction Medicine provider.


Frederic Reamer, PhD, is a school of Social Work, Rhode Island College professor. His social work career has focused on mental health, criminal justice, and professional ethics. Reamer chaired the national task force that wrote the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. He is the author of Risk Management in the Behavioral Health Professions: A Practical Guide to Preventing Malpractice and Licensing-Board Complaints (Columbia University Press), among other books on professional ethics. Reamer frequently serves as an expert witness and consultant in litigation and licensing board cases throughout the U.S.


Josh Rubin provides consultation, strategic planning, analysis, and technical assistance to healthcare purchasers, providers, platforms, and regulators, focusing on behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and child welfare service providers. Josh’s specializations include facilitating strategic planning and merger negotiations, supporting the conversion to value-based purchasing arrangements, the development of independent practice associations and other platforms, and healthcare transformation efforts, including 1115 waivers.


Jonathan B. Singer, PhD, LCSW, is a Professor at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work, Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology, coauthor of the best-selling text, Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention, and founder and host of the award-winning Social Work Podcast. Dr. Singer is a well-regarded international speaker whose research has been featured in national and international media outlets like NPR, BBC, Fox, Time Magazine, and The Guardian. He lives in Evanston, IL, with his wife, three children, and dog.


Lindsay Stack, LMHC, CADC, EMDR-C, currently serves as the Special Projects Director of Pathways Behavioral Services, where she has been employed for more than 11 years. Ms. Stack oversees the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic expansion grant for Pathways and carries a caseload of co-occurring clients specializing in complex trauma and addictions. Ms. Stack graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a master’s degree in mental health counseling.


Ashley Stewart is the Director of Health Equity and Equity Subject Matter Expert at C4 Innovations. Ashley’s work centers on addressing institutionalized forms of identity-based oppression. She works in solidarity with mental and behavioral health providers. She supports institutions, corporations, organizations, and leadership teams to identify ways to reduce harm and determine appropriate steps toward sustainable culture change.


Kiara Stutts has served in public health since 2018. She has served in Enterics, HIV/STI, COVID-19, Surveillance/Health Informatics, Mental Health, and Substance Use. Kiara earned her undergraduate degree in Human Services Administration in 2015 and her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and Health Management & Policy in 2020. Kiara currently serves as the Overdose Data to Action Epidemiologist with the CDC Foundation and was assigned to serve with Iowa HHS in overdose prevention through the Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) Grant by assisting with surveillance and prevention strategies.


Dan Trolaro is presently the Vice President of Prevention in the US for EPIC Risk Management after serving as the Assistant Executive Director for the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, better known as 800-GAMBLER.  He has worked with stakeholders in over 30 states. He has delivered hundreds of workshops, training, and keynote presentations around the country centered on prevention, education, and emerging trends in the world of gaming and gambling.


Phil Valentine, RCP, RCPF, is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR), serving this lead recovery community organization since 1999. Phil is recognized as an accomplished author, trainer, and presenter for spearheading the recovery coach movement and developing the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy. In 2015, Phil completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, a journey of 2,189 miles, carrying the message of recovery the entire way.


Andrea Weber is a native Iowan who works as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Iowa.  She is an addiction medicine specialist and focuses on integrating harm reduction principles into healthcare.  Andrea also serves as the Board Chair for the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition.


Cindy West is the program director for Full Circle Recovery Community Centers, located in Council Bluffs, Des Moines, and Sioux City. As a woman in recovery from substance use disorder, Ms. West utilizes her lived experience to help empower others to engage in self-directed recovery. She has worked in the nonprofit sector in Iowa for more than 20 years, leading local and statewide efforts in program management, fundraising and grant writing, board development, and strategic planning. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in community health education with an emphasis in substance abuse prevention in 1999 and her Master of Business Administration degree in 2013, both from Iowa State University.


Charlie Woodcock is the Executive Director at Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health with 20 + years of experience in managing Human Services agencies.


  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and Iowa Department of Health and Human Services. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 15.75 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 15.75 continuing education contact hour(s). Nurses must attend the entire session to receive credit. Partial session credit is prohibited and will be forfeited.
  • Other Health Professionals: This live activity is designated for a maximum of 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 

Sponsored by the State of Iowa Department of Health and Human Services and coordinated by Iowa State University- Conference Planning and Management. Funding is provided by state appropriations, the State Opioid Response (CFDA 93.788) federal grant, and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (CFDA 93.959).


The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals, medical procedures, and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individuals have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

Amy Croll, LMSW, CPS – SpeakerKatrina Bee – Facilitator
Andrea Weber, MD, MME, FASAM – SpeakerKayla Sankey – Activity Coordinator, Planning Committee Member, and Facilitator
Ashley Stewart, PhD, MSSW, LSW – SpeakerKeri Neblett – Facilitator
Bre Degelau – SpeakerKeygan Miller, MA – Speaker
Cathy Lillehoj, PhD – SpeakerKiara Stutts, MPH – Speaker
Charlie Woodcock – SpeakerKim Freese, LAC, MPA – Speaker
Cindy West, MBA – SpeakerKim Govak, NCPRSS, CPRS
Cody Crawford – FacilitatorLaura Hinds, LCSW – Speaker
Daniel Trolaro, MS – SpeakerLeslie Mussman – Facilitator
DeAnn Decker – SpeakerLindsay Stack, LMHC, CADC, EMDR-C – Speaker
Deborah Krauss – SpeakerLiz Sweet – Facilitator
Drew Martel, LISW, CADC – SpeakerLori Hancock-Muck – Facilitator
Eric Preuss, MA, IAADC, CCS – Facilitator and SpeakerMitchell Barnett, PharmD, MS – Speaker
Frederick Reamer, PhD – SpeakerMonica Wilke Brown – Facilitator
Haner Hernandez, PhD, CPS, CADCII, LADCI – SpeakerPaolo del Vecchio, MSW – Speaker
Jennifer Robertson-Hill, LMHC – Activity Director and Planning Committee MemberPhil Valentine – Speaker
Jodee Goche, MPS, CADC – SpeakerRachael Cooper, MFS – Speaker
John Eadie, MPA – SpeakerRobb Holman – Speaker
Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW – SpeakerRobert Kruse, MD, MPH, FAAFP – Speaker
Joshua Radke, MD – SpeakerRod Courtney, BSW – Speaker
Joshua Rubin, MPP – SpeakerSarah Vannice – Facilitator
Julie Maas, LMSW – Speaker 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose. The accredited provider has mitigated all relationships.

  • Kevin Hill, MD, MHS – Speaker
    • Royalties - Wolters-Kluwer Publishing
      • The financial relationship(s) above are not relevant to the content of the educational activity.


The information provided in this activity is for continuing education. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 15.75 AOA Category 2­A
  • 15.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 15.75 IBON


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  • Pre-conference: $0
  • Registration Fee (both days): $25
  • One-Day Registration (April 26th or 27th): $15

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For questions about the program content or to apply for a scholarship to attend this conference, please email Jennifer Robertson-Hill.