2nd Annual Recovery in the Workplace Conference Agenda

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8:00 a.m.     
Registration and Continental Breakfast with Sponsors and Exhibitors

8:30 a.m.     
Welcome and Overview: Why We are Here

Beth Davisson, Executive Director, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center

8:40 a.m.     

Patrick Kullman, Interventionist, Kullman Intervention

8:55 a.m.
Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Mike Cox, President, Isaiah House

9:00 a.m.    
Opening Keynote: The Opioid Epidemic in the Workplace: How Employers Can Respond

Michael Botticelli, Executive Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction, Boston Medical Center and (Former) Director of National Drug Control Policy (Drug Czar), Obama Administration

We will examine the impact the opioid epidemic has had on employers and our economy. Based on the Grayken Center’s Employer Resource Library, this session will give practical and actionable examples of how employers can play a leading role in changing the trajectory of the epidemic.

9:45 a.m.    
The History and the Future of the Addiction Epidemic in Kentucky

Van Ingram, Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy
Katie Marks, PhD, Project Director, Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE), CHFS

10:30 a.m.
Addiction Epidemic in Kentucky: Opportunities for Success

Eric Bailly, LPC, LADC, CM, Business Solutions Director, Anthem, Inc.
Amanda Elder, Health and Wellness Leader, LG&E and KU Energy 
Jamie J. Johnson, Director of Operations, Dorman Products  
Moderator: Tiffany Cardwell, SHRM-CP, PHR, CCP, HR Consulting Principal, Mountjoy Chilton Medley

11:30 a.m.     

Rex Chapman, NBA Broadcaster, Co-host of University of Kentucky Basketball Pre-Game Radio Show

11:45 a.m.    

12:25 p.m.
Recovery-friendly Workforce Announcement

Beth Davisson, Executive Director, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center
Jonathan Copley, CEO Aetna

12:35 p.m.    
Luncheon Keynote: Recovery Kentucky: Current Bright Spots and Future Opportunities

Gov. Ernie Fletcher, Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Fletcher Group

During this session Governor Fletcher will explain the Recovery Kentucky Program, what it is, how it started, and what’s been learned over the years since its inception. He’ll explain how it is unique and why it has been successful. Governor Fletcher will also discuss the ongoing RHOAR (Recovery Hope Opportunity and Resiliency) Initiative which will, with the aid of Appalachian Regional Commission, expand the Recovery Kentucky concept in eastern Kentucky. Lastly, he’ll discuss how quality employment opportunities are a vital part of an individual’s recovery and discuss some options/concepts being considered to make this important component a reality. 

1:15 p.m.         
Opioid, Drug, Substance Abuse in the Workplace: What is it Costing Kentucky Business?

Jenny Burke, JD, MS, Senior Director, Advocacy, National Safety Council

The workplace is a key environment for reaching employees, families and communities to help prevent further opioid misuse, addiction and overdose, and to help those already affected. We will examine the impact of opioids on the workplace and how employers can work to prevent and address substance use disorders. Topics will include:

  • a presentation of data from the National Safety Council Opioids at Work Employer Survey;
  • workplace strategies and human resources policies to prevent opioid misuse and help employees navigate the opioid treatment and recovery landscape;
  • reducing stigma and other barriers to successfully addressing opioids in the workplace; and
  • estimated costs of substance abuse on the Kentucky workforce.

2:00 p.m.    
Not Your Typical B-School Case Study: Necessity of Enhanced Collaboration to Mitigate a Growing Threat to Our Commonwealth

Russell Coleman, U.S Attorney, Western District of Kentucky

Silos and a lack of sufficient collaboration are limiting factors to counter the threat to the Commonwealth’s workforce, families, and young people from increasing quantities of Drug Cartel-produced opioids and methamphetamine.  Where does this poison come from? How does law enforcement fit into the larger strategy of prevention and treatment? How can the public and private sectors collaborate more effectively? Lives of fellow Kentuckians can be saved or lost depending on how we respond to these questions. 

2:45 p.m.    
Leveraging Science to Improve Outcomes for Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder

Sharon Walsh, PhD., Director, Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR), University of Kentucky

3:15 p.m.    
Sharing Solutions: Business’ Role in Combatting the Opioid Epidemic

Robb Backmeyer, MSW, MBA, Regional Chief Operating Officer, Centerstone
Paul Mottershead, Vice President of Communications, Belden
Elizabeth Lipscomb, Vice President of Strategic Alliances, Discovery Education
D. Christopher Evans, First Special Agent in Charge, Louisville Field Division, Drug Enforcement Administration
Moderator: Anton Bizzell, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, The Bizzell Group

This session will bring the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s online Sharing Solutions resource hub to life by exploring how the business community can play a critical role in combatting the opioid crisis in both the workplace and community at large. This discussion will convene national employers for thoughtful dialogue on leveraging insights and best practices to put forward solutions to the opioid epidemic.

4:00 p.m.    

Pat Fogarty, Director of Community Relations, Alkermes

4:15 p.m.    
Closing Remarks: Next Steps

Beth Davisson, Executive Director, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center

4:30 p.m.
Kentucky Opioid/Drug Summit Concludes




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