For those who are trying to serve child welfare involved families, an opioid use disorder (OUD) can be an added complication. Failing to understand this disorder—including the pathways that contributed to it and the impacts that make recovery challenging—restrict our ability to most effectively serve these families. Join presenter Pam Baston for a presentation on how OUD affects the daily reality of those who suffer from it as well as practical suggestions about how to balance our knowledge of these realities with common sense and practical solutions to help parents and especially their children.
Trainer: Pamela Petersen-Baston, MPA, MCAP, CPP has 40 years of experience working in a variety of capacities in the health and human services field including serving appointments under two Florida Governors to manage Florida’s publicly funded drug prevention and treatment system. She later ran Safe Port, the largest family-centered treatment program in the country at that time for child-welfare involved pregnant and parenting women with concurrent opioid, methamphetamine, and other substance use and mental health disorders and their children (serving 100 people including children at any given time). Since leaving Key West in 1998, Pam has been working as a national trainer and consultant for more than 20 years delivering training or TA in every state in the country, many tribes, and in two US territories, all of which included child welfare, judicial, and behavioral health systems. Topics include evidence-based substance abuse prevention and treatment, co-occurring mental health, treatment for women, children and families, domestic violence/IPV, cross-agency collaboration with child welfare and other systems, HIV prevention, pregnancy prevention, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), grant writing/proposal development, and more.