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Our Workplaces and the Opioid Epidemic

Tickets: Member: $75 Nonmember: $85 Table for 8: Member: $550 Nonmember: $600

6/16/2016
When: Thursday, June16, 2016
7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Westin Waltham
70 Third Avenue
Waltham, MA 
United States
Contact: Jeff Stone
617 965 3711


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Misuse of prescription drugs and illegal substances affects the bottom line of US employers to the tune of $193 billion dollars annually. In Massachusetts, the dramatic rise of opioid addiction can be seen across the state. It either already has, or likely will impact your employees or their families. Officials are warning that the epidemic has not yet crested and that all of us, including the business sector, have important roles to play in addressing it.

With this conference, The Massachusetts Health Council is responding to requests from management and executives from workplaces both, large and small, for practical, focused information and action strategies.

The conference will cover:

  • The Nature and Scope of Opioid Addiction & What's Different about this Epidemic
  • The Impact of Opioids on Business
  • Treatment, Recovery & Prevention
  • Managing and Supporting Employees While Keeping the Workplace Safe & Productive
  • Legal Considerations: Protecting the Employer & the Employee

Presenters will include a behavioral health management company, a treatment center, Employee Assistance Programs, employment attorneys and a Drug-Free Communities program coordinator.

Your participation in this half-day program enables the Council to bring together experts to address an issue that is having a severe impact on Massachusetts. Sponsorship will provide you with high visibility and recognition as a partner in helping to combat the epidemic facing our state. Purchasing tickets or a table for CEO’s, HR and Benefits professionals, managers, consultants and other interested parties is important as this crisis requires a thorough understanding and "all hands on deck."

The majority of people affected by addiction are employed full time. Our goal is to provide useful information and strategies to the business community, which is one of the sectors that will help turn the tide on this crisis.

If you have questions, please contact David Martin, Executive Director at 617 965 3711 or dmartin@mahealthcouncil.org.


Thank you to our Sponsors...




 

 

AGENDA

7:30 am:
REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:00 am:
WELCOME, INTRODUCTIONS AND TODAY’S AGENDA

8:10 am:
KEYNOTE: Kathryn Power, Regional Administrator for Region I
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

8:30 am:
THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC AND BUSINESSES – OVERVIEW
Presenter: Christie Hager, Senior VP, Beacon Health Options

Nature and scope of opioid addiction and the current epidemic
• What are opioids?
• What’s different about the current epidemic in MA and the Northeast?
• Pain management
• Why is the opioid epidemic everyone’s issue?
• Impact on your workforce, costs

8:45 am:
TREATMENT, RECOVERY and PREVENTION
MODERATOR: Michael Standing, President & CEO, A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies
Panel

• Christie Hager, Senior VP, Beacon Health Options
• Ray Tamasi, CEO, Gosnold on Cape Cod
• Paul Williams, Drug-Free Communities Program Coordinator, Town of Weymouth
• Michael Lewis, Owner, Seafood Sam's Restaurants, Cape Cod

• Opioid addiction: treated as a chronic illness
• Evaluating benefit and pharmacy programs re medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
• How is Beacon Health Options addressing the opioid addiction crisis?
• How are Treatment Centers like Gosnold on Cape Cod addressing the opioid addiction crisis?
• What is the role of multi-sector, local efforts like Drug-Free Community programs?

Q&A

9:45 am: =BREAK=

10:00 am
MANAGING AND SUPPORTING EMPLOYEES WHILE KEEPING THE WORKPLACE SAFE AND PRODUCTIVE
MODERATOR: Tracy Burns, CEO, Northeast Human Resources Association
Panel:

• Kathy Carlton, VP, Beacon Health
• Dick Bond, Director of EAP/Optum Specialty Network
• Kathleen Greer, Founder and Chairman, KGA, Inc.
• Heather Hardy, Wellness Specialist & Health Coach, Kronos Incorporated

• How to communicate with an employee who may have substance use issues
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
-- Awareness
-- Education
-- Utilization
-- Affordability

11:00 am:
LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS: PROTECTING THE EMPLOYER AND THE EMPLOYEE
Presenters:
• Valerie Samuels, Posternak, Blankstein & Lund, LLP
• Ellen Messing, Messing, Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, P.C.

• Compliance with federal and state disability and anti-discrimination laws
• Avoiding liabilities
• Steps to take regarding substance issues and related performance issues
• Different needs of small businesses and large corporations

11:45 am:
CLOSING / FURTHER RESOURCES


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(617) 965-3711 | www.mahealthcouncil.org
David Martin, Executive Director
dmartin@mahealthcouncil.org
Twitter: @mahealthcouncil

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