Iowa's Annual Governor's Conference on Substance Abuse

April 26, 2022 to April 28, 2022


This three-day educational activity includes a half-day pre-conference workshop and two full days of online learning. 

Click here to register.

  • Registration Fee (both full days): $50
  • One-Day Registration (April 27 or 28): $30
  • Pre-Conference Workshop: Complimentary with registration for the conference.

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

The target audience for this conference is community service providers and health professionals who would benefit from behavioral health education.


This conference aims to establish a meaningful dialogue among health professionals by focusing on trending topics, best practices, and strategies for addressing barriers in behavioral health.

Educational Need

Current data from the Iowa Department of Public Health Data Tracking Portal shows that substance-involved deaths (specifically for alcohol, opioids, and psychostimulants) are increasing in Iowa. Furthermore, most people seeking treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD) 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 created barriers that are still being measured and can impact patient outcomes.

This conference also provides best practices to retain our behavioral health workforce. Not all insurers cover SUD and problem gambling treatment. While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires SUD services to be covered by insurance, not all insurance plans are governed by the ACA.  Even when plans cover treatment, care access can still be difficult. For example, many healthcare and treatment providers do not accept ACA insurance, reducing the already limited number of available professionals who can help.

The number of individuals needing SUD treatment far surpasses the number of qualified clinicians and treatment programs available in the United States. 

Often SUD co-occurs with mental health conditions; however, not all organizations can address those needs simultaneously. This can leave an individual deciding which diagnosis to seek treatment for — a mental health issue or a SUD. However, for most individuals, unless both behavioral health needs are treated together, the individual may continue to struggle.

To continue work to close these gaps, Iowa’s behavioral health workforce must be competent in current evidence-based practices for prevention, treatment, and recovery for SUD and/or problem gambling. 

Learning Objectives

  • Provide education to enhance the knowledge of the behavioral health workforce.
  • Develop strength within each system discipline and increase collaboration between system partners for a coordinated response to substance use and problem gambling.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 15.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 15.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 15.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/26/2022 - 1:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
04/28/2022 - 4:00pm CDT


All times listed are in Central Time. Agenda is subject to change. View speaker biographies and session descriptions.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

1:00 pmPre-Conference Ethics Workshops (choose one)
Approved for 3.0 Ethics continuing education hours by the Iowa Board of Certification.

Session 1 - Substance Abuse Prevention Ethics
Jodee Goche, MPS, CPS, Capacity Coach, Iowa Department of Public Health

  • Identify the six principals that make up 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.

Session 2 - Do No Harm: Ethics in Substance Use Disorder Practice
Krista Lindholm, LISW, Owner/Executive Director, Assessment Services Inc.

  • Identify pertinent Professional Association codes of ethics, including NASW, ACA, and IBC.
  • Discuss Iowa Rules of Conduct with respect to various aspects of clinical practice.
  • Identify specific violations cited in contemporary and historical examples.
  • Identify one's own personal importance of ethics in your professional practice.
4:00 pmAdjourn

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

8:30 amWelcome to Day 1 of the Governor’s Conference on Substance Abuse
Kelly Garcia, Director, Iowa Department of Human Services and Iowa Department of Public Health (Interim)
9:00 am

Pills & Thrills: What's Trending?
Linda B. Kalin, RN, BS, CSPI, Executive Director, Iowa Poison Control Center

  • Identify new and emerging drugs of abuse.
  • Describe the effects, toxicity, detection methods, and management of overdose for emerging drugs of abuse.
  • Recognize the factors that increase risk for drug overdose deaths linked to illicit use of counterfeit pills and heroin containing fentanyl or other synthetic opioids.
10:00 amBreak
10:15 am

Federal Regulatory and Policy Landscape
Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH, Acting Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), SAMHSA

  • Identify current federal policies and regulations related to telehealth-enabled SUD care, noting changes and/or flexibilities enacted during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Identify implications of these changes on delivery of, and access to, quality SUD care.
11:15 am

Racial Health Inequities in Course of Illness and Recovery: Implications for Structural Competencies
Corrie L. Vilsaint, PhD, Research Fellow, Recovery Research Institute, Harvard Medical School

  • Improve racial literacy by describing the correct interpretation of race in medicine and science.
  • Describe empirically identified racial inequities in course of illness, treatment, and recovery.
  • Identify a structural competency in the community, clinic, and policy.
12:15 amLunch Break
12:45 pmBreakout Session 1

1A: Still looking for Normal?
Renee Schulte, MA, LMHC, Specialty Coordinator Workforce, Project Recovery Iowa
Jason Haglund, MS, CADC, Specialty Coordinator, Project Recovery Iowa

  • Discuss how the pandemic and other disasters experienced over the past two years emotionally impacted you and/or your employees/friends/family.
  • Participants will be coached on strategies to prevent burnout, manage feeling overwhelmed and chronically exhausted by engaging in healthy activities that rejuvenate us emotionally.
  • Assess your ability to promote mental a meaningful mental health literacy strategy in your workplace and community.

1B: LGBTQ 101 and Care Best Practices
Max Mowlitz, BA, CCHW, Program Director, One Iowa

  • Articulate the difference between sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
  • Differentiate between different LGBTQ identities.
  • Discuss the ways that LGBTQ people experience barriers and health disparities nationwide, with an emphasis on substance abuse.
  • Describe best practices for working with LGBTQ people, including pronouns, gender-neutral language, and the art of the apology.

1C: 2021 Iowa Health, Wellbeing, Use of Substances, and Gambling Survey
Kyle Endres, PhD, MA, Associate Director/Assistant Professor, Center for Social and Behavioral Research, University of Northern Iowa

  • List current (2021) rates of substance use and gambling in Iowa.
  • Describe survey methodology and design challenges when collecting public health data.
  • Discuss overall quality of life, general health, and knowledge of available resources among Iowa adults.

1D: Perinatal Substance Use Disorders: Screening & Clinic Model
Sarah Hambright, BA, Social Worker II/Co-Investigator, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics
Meagan Thompson, DNP, ARNP, CNM, Certified Nurse- Midwife, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

  • Identify at least on screening tool for substance use during pregnancy.
  • Identify at least one step towards creating an interdisciplinary perinatal SUD clinic.
  • Articulate why trauma informed care is essential when caring for people with perinatal SUDs.
1:45 pmBreak
2:00 pmBreakout Session 2

2A: Welcome Home
Bobbi Jo Reed, CPSS, MARS, CEO/Founder Chair, KC Recovery Coalition

  • Identify how peer ran recovery support services operate, are maintained and why they are successful.
  • Identify how to make a program of recovery sync up with a recovery community center.

2B: U of Iowa Peer Support
Kellee McCrory, LMSW, MPH, Training Director, The University of Iowa

  • Describe the role of Peer Support Specialist.
  • Explain the Peer Scope of Work.
  • Discuss the role of ethics in Peer Support work.

2C: Stress Management for Helpers
Monica Goedken, MPA, Violence Prevention Coordinator, Iowa Department of Public Health

  • Identify the association between hobbies and interests with stress management.

2D: Drugs, and How They Get That Way
Denise Denton, MS, CPS, Retired Prevention Specialist/Associate Teaching Professor, Youth and Shelter Services/Iowa State University

  • List the three major categories of psychoactive substances.
  • Identify the specific psychoactive substances within the three categories.
  • Describe the characteristics of psychoactive substances and their impact on physical, emotional and cognitive behavior and/or health.
3:00 pm

High Achiever: The Incredible True Story of One Addict's Double Life
Tiffany Jenkins, Social Media Star, Content Creator, Comedian, and Recovering Addict

  • Discuss the patient experience with the devastating effects of opioid addiction, subsequent recovery, and journey to sobriety.
4:00 pmAdjourn

Thursday, April 28, 2022

8:30 amWelcome to Day 2 of the Governor’s Conference on Substance Abuse
Kimberly Nelson, LAC, MPA, Regional Administrator, SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
DeAnn Decker, Bureau Chief of Substance Abuse, Division of Behavioral Health, Iowa Department of Public Health
9:00 am

Breaking the Stigma of Addiction
Tony Hoffman, Former Professional BMX Racer, 2016 Olympic Games BMX Coach to Brooke Crain, TEDx Fresno State Presenter, Nationally Recognized Speaker on Mental Health and Addiction

  • Acknowledge that reducing stigma requires more than language, it’s also strong infrastructure.
  • Reinforce importance of proper communication.
  • Identify how to associate compassion and empathy as the key to reaching a disassociated soul.
10:00 amBreak
10:15 am

Suicide Prevention
Brandon Johnson, MHS, MCHES, Public Health Advisor, SAMHSA

  • Describe perceptions and thoughts around suicide prevention in the Black community.
  • List strategies to effectively engage with these communities in suicide prevention and crisis work.
  • Discuss the importance of health equity in community based suicide prevention.
11:15 am

Reality-Based Leadership – Building a Drama Free Culture and Calling Our Teams to Greatness
Alex Dorr, MA, BSC, Vice President of People Evolution, Reality-Based Leadership

  • Conserve team energy and direct leadership resources to people and on issues with the highest possible ROI.
  • Describe the key elements of development and coaching along with many strategies for fast-tracking the development of future and diverse leaders.
  • Utilize a variety of Fast Track tools of to move through resistance and begin problem-solving.
12:15 amLunch Break
12:45 pmBreakout Session 1

1A: Fish and Chips: All-Inclusive Collegiate Problem Gambling Programming 
Michael Buzzelli, MA, MPH, Associate Director, Problem Gambling Network of Ohio

  • Explain strategies in creating college and university buy-in around sustainable problem gambling programming.
  • Select campus and student leaders to collaborate with in efforts to promote awareness and increase impact.
  • Develop a stronger sense of responsibility to integrate problem gambling with other topics impacting student life.

1B: Emergent Biosolutions Administration of Narcan (NON-CME)
Mohan Sindhwani, MD, Medical Director, Medical Affairs, Emergent BioSolutions


1C: PWLE (people with lived experience) in SSP/Harm Reduction Services and HIV/HCV Elimination Strategies
Nicholas Voyles, Executive Director, Indiana Recovery Alliance

  • Identify what PWLE are and the evidence behind their utilization.
  • Explain why syringe service programs are the best tool we have in combating overdoses and bloodborne pathogens.
  • Describe how the health department and PWLE can partner together to help end the overdose crisis and make communities safer.

1D: Prevention Focused on Special Populations
Chuck Klevgaard, BSW, CSPS, Project Director, Prevention Solutions @ EDC

  • Identify trends in substance misuse among special populations.
  • Describe factors that place specific groups at risk.
  • List strategies for identifying prevention strategies shown to be effective with specific populations.
1:45 pmBreak
2:00 pmBreakout Session 2

2A: Community Reinforcement Approach - An Overview
Anita Bradley, MSW, LSW, LICDC-CS, Founder and Executive Director, Northern Ohio Recovery Association (N.O.R.A.)

  • Discuss the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA).
  • Describe tactics for integrating other treatment components, including motivation to quit using alcohol and other drugs.
  • Analyze alcohol use and use patterns by utilizing new coping techniques that involve community and family support.

2B: A Patient-Centered Approach to Supporting Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Pregnancy and Beyond
LeeAnn Albright, MSN, FP-C, Nurse Practitioner; UCS Healthcare
Sarah Fett, APRN, FNP-C, Nurse Practitioner, UCS Healthcare

  • Explain why pregnancy complicates treatment of infectious diseases for patients receiving Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services.
  • Recognize common fears among pregnant women who receive MAT services.
  • Prepare and support pregnant women who receive MAT services about the concept of “Eat, Sleep, and Console.”

2C: Intersection of Substance Use and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
George Walton, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM, STD Program Manager, Iowa Department of Public Health

  • List STI incidence and recent trends in Iowa.
  • Describe interrelated risk factors for substance use and STIs.
  • Discuss risk and harm reduction as they overlap for substance use and STIs.

2D: Foundation 2 Law Enforcement Co-Response Model
Drew Martel, LISW, CADC, Director of Crisis, Services Foundation 2

  • Identify the core components of The Foundation 2 Law Enforcement Co-Response model.
  • Describe tailorable implementation for both rural and urban law enforcement agencies.
  • Report on programmatic data.
3:00 pm

Living in Recovery
Michelle L. Malkin, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor, East Carolina University

  • Discuss problem gambling severity and its relationship to gambling-motivated crime.
  • Describe how problem gamblers are treated by the criminal justice system.
  • Provide basic advice to clients who are facing potential legal consequences from their addictive behavior.
4:00 pmAdjourn

Accreditation Statements

  • 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 15.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • 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 Public Health. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 15.0 continuing education contact hour(s). Nurses must attend the entire session within each day to receive credit. Partial session credit is prohibited and will be forfeited.
  • Other healthcare professionals: This live activity is designated for 15.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Educational Grants

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

Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Public Health 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 or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use 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 individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • LeeAnn Albright, MSN, FP-C - Speaker
  • Anita Bradley, MSW, LSW, LICDC-CS - Speaker
  • Michael Buzzelli, MA, MPH - Speaker
  • Denise Denton, MS, CPS - Speaker
  • Alex Dorr, MA, BSC - Speaker
  • Justin Edwards - Moderator
  • Kyle Endres, PhD, MA - Speaker
  • Sarah Fett, APRN, FNP-C - Speaker
  • Jodee Goche, MPS, CPS - Speaker
  • Monica Goedken, MPA - Speaker
  • Jason Haglund, MS, CADC - Speaker
  • Sarah Hambright, BA - Speaker
  • Tony Hoffman - Speaker
  • Tiffany Jenkins - Speaker
  • Brandon Johnson, MHS, MCHES - Speaker
  • Linda B. Kalin, RN, BS, CSPI - Speaker
  • Julie Kieffer - Planning Committee Member
  • Chuck Klevgaard, BSW, CSPS - Speaker
  • Krista Lindholm, LISW - Speaker
  • Michelle L. Malkin, JD, PhD - Speaker
  • Drew Martel, LISW, CADC - Speaker
  • Kellee McCrory, LMSW, MPH - Speaker
  • Max Mowlitz, BA, CCHW - Speaker
  • Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH - Speaker
  • Kim Pinneke - Moderator
  • Bobbi Jo Reed, CPSS, MARS - Speaker
  • Jennifer Robertson-Hill, LMHC - Activity Director and Moderator
  • Kayla Sankey, MPH - Activity Coordinator and Moderator
  • Renee Schulte, MA, LMHC - Speaker
  • Meagan Thompson, DNP, ARNP, CNM - Speaker
  • Sarah Vannice, MSc - Moderator
  • Corrie L. Vilsaint, PhD - Speaker
  • Nicholas Voyles - Speaker
  • George Walton, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM - Speaker

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose. 

  • Mohan Sindhwani, MD, Speaker, is a full- or part-time employee of Emergent BioSolutions. Dr. Sindhwani’s relevant financial relationship has been mitigated, and his participation in this accredited education cannot be resolved. CME credit is not available for his presentation. 


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only. 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.

The information shared at this event is an opportunity to expand awareness and knowledge. Speakers do not represent the views of the Iowa Department of Public Health, nor does IDPH control or guarantee the accuracy of this information. IDPH does not endorse individual vendors, products, or services.

Available Credit

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


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This three-day educational activity includes a half-day pre-conference workshop followed by two full days of online learning. 

Click here to register.

  • Registration Fee (both full days): $50
  • One-Day Registration (April 27 or 28): $30
  • Pre-Conference Workshop: Complimentary with registration for the conference.

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

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

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration for the event, there will be a $7.50 plus 3% processing fee. Refunds will not be available after April 11, 2022. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to Registration Services​​.