Governor’s Substance Abuse Collaborative Meeting
We attended the Collaborative meeting on Thursday, August 29. This meeting is chaired by Secretary Kay Goodwin and at today’s meeting we were joined by DHHR Secretary Karen Bowling. The meeting began with a presentation by US Attorney for the Southern District Booth Goodwin who unveiled a new video targeting youth substance abuse prevention. The video is very well done. It is moving and tragic. You may view the video on YouTube at this address: http://youtu.be/Dr3jN6atZ44 . The video also includes commentary by Prestera’s Kim Miller, well done Kim! US Attorney Goodwin shared that he is involved in an Appalachian Substance Abuse Summit on September 25 and 26th at East Tennessee State University a collaboration of the Appalachian states. Deputy Commissioner Kim Walsh spoke about the upcoming Behavioral Health Conference and passed out the brochures. The Association was acknowledged for the presentation last month by Kathy Armentrout, Nancy Demming, and Karen Schimmel. Secretary Goodwin welcomed members to attend at anytime. We presented information on Prestera’s SAMHSA grant award. Prestera was awarded $280,000 a year for three years. The purpose of the grant is to enhance technology to develop and implement a patient portal and to expand telemedicine capabilities. Karen Yost reported that they wish to increase treatment compliance with appointments and increase treatment capability, utilization, and improve health outcomes by providing technology based treatment and a forum for communication between multiple providers and clients. They also plan to expand use of technology to the use of mobile technology (iPads/SmartPhones, etc.) instead of the bulkier, stationary technology.