Shelby County

Opioid Summit

Prevention & Harm Reduction

OCT 23 (Day 2) Schedule

Welcome and Opening Remarks


About Vertava Health


Gen Z: Implications for Prevention

With Cara Tuttle Bell

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the essential characteristics of generation Z and how they significantly differ from previous generations
  • Discuss the integration of technology into the lives of generation Z and implications for outreach and education
  • Identify the psychological profile of generation Z and their corresponding vulnerability for relational stress and other mental health concerns
  • Outline the intersection of intimate relationships and technology experienced by generation Z and its implications for outreach and prevention
  • Explore factors that contribute to substance abuse among generation Z, including sexual victimization, sexual assault and adverse childhood experiences



About Shelby County Health Department


The Opioid Misuse Disorder Epidemic in 2020

With Dr. David Sweat

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Review statistics concerning the impact of opioid addiction in Shelby County.
  • Review the synergy and impact of COVID-19 disease on the substance use disorder epidemic in 2020.
  • Review control measure guidance about COVID-19.
  • Know how those principles impact the behavioral health service community providers and clients.



About PAX Behavioral Health


Support for the Helping Professional: Mitigating Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress

With Dr. Michelle Welch Brasfield

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the incidence, indicators, and effects of burnout and secondary traumatic stress among helping professionals who work with individuals who have experienced trauma.
  • Reflect on how the occurrence of burnout and secondary traumatic stress can be impacted by personally experienced ACEs, loss of clients due to overdose or suicide, pandemic social distancing or isolation, and ongoing social and racial injustices.
  • Assess current levels of professional burnout and secondary traumatic stress and create or revise a personal wellness plan to meet the ethical standards of self-care.
  • Explore how to use these strategies through self-monitoring and by supporting other helping professionals.

Lunch and Music by Austin Carroll

OCT 23 - Afternoon Schedule

About Behavioral Health Group (BHG)


Syringe Services Programs (SSP) in Tennessee

With Allison Wilhelm, MPH

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe SSPs best practices, what to avoid, and the need for SSPs in Tennessee.
  • Describe the Tennessee SSP legislation and how to become an SSP in Tennessee.
  • Identify and describe the 4 primary SSP implementation models.
  • Describe Tennessee’s SSP outcomes (i.e. SSP locations, syringes distributed, syringes returned, naloxone kits distributed, and HIV/hepatitis C virus testing).




About Safe Point


Tennessee Save-A-Life Narcan Training

With Jill Carney

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Have an overview of the TN Save a Life Grant.
  • Have an overview of Naloxone the overdose reversal medication.
  • Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an overdose.
  • Learn those actions and behaviors to avoid during an overdose situation.
  • Learn the steps to ensure a safe administration of the overdose reversal medication.



About United Healthcare


Treating Opioid Use Disorder using FDA Approved Medications

With Dr. Charles Freed

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Know what are three medications FDA approved to treat OUD.
  • Know what type of action do each of these medications have on the mu opioid receptor.
  • Know what is the main reason a person uses illicit buprenorphine.
  • Know what are the two primary objectives TennCare has for establishing a MAT Network.

Closing Remarks

Exhibitor Hall

Exhibitors will stream live at 12:30pm and 4:05pm (or as indicated in the schedule). The links below will take you to their live feeds:

Our mission is to be a source of assistance to addicts and those affected by addiction, to advocate for improved treatment options and to erase the stigma associated with substance abuse.

We offer outpatient, intensive outpatient, home-based, and community based programs, including a continuum of crisis services to over 22,000 residents of Shelby County and the surrounding areas.We accept a variety of insurance plans including Medicare and TennCare.

From alcohol and drug therapy, individual and group therapy, crisis services to medically monitored chemical detox, parent-child interaction therapy, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, our clients can rest assured all of their mental health care needs will be met.

Our mission is to facilitate and provide a continuum of recovery for those dealing with addiction and mental health issues, (co-occurring disorders).

Our mission is to help people become healthy and stay healthy. Our high standards attract well-known behavioral health professionals from across the country.

Accredited addiction treatment & primary mental health center located in Memphis Tennessee recognized for excellence and unparalleled patient care.

An integrated healthcare services organization specializing in local and affordable outpatient care for individuals suffering from substance use disorder with a mission to “Save Lives, Instill Hope, and Restore Relationships”.

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) is a statewide organization working tirelessly to eliminate the stigma of suicide. Through education efforts and events, our goal is to expose as many people as we can to the facts and numbers of suicide – and to debunk the myths.

We at Memphis Area Prevention Coalition are grateful for the contributions of United Healthcare Community plan, a TennCare provider. Their support along with the support of our other sponsors, partner organizations, and volunteers has helped make the 2020 Opioid Conference possible.

Vertava Health offers professional care for substance use and mental health disorders.