Quinnipiac to host program on substance abuse
Dr. Charles Atkins, chief medical officer at Community Mental Health Affiliates, LLC, of New Britain, will be the featured speaker at the program, “The Opioid Epidemic: Assessment, Intervention and Call to Action: A Public Health Approach,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Quinnipiac University, 370 Bassett Road. The Connecticut Women’s Consortium and the master of social work program at Quinnipiac, are co-sponsoring the program.
In addition, the program will feature a panel discussion featuring Dr. Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, commissioner of the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services; Allison Kernan, who is in recovery; State Rep. Sean Scanlon; and Karen Zaorski, a former state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services social worker who lost her 26-year-old son to a drug overdose six years ago. Zaorski is now an administrator and moderator for The Compassionate Friends — Loss to Substance Related Causes, an online support group with 2,500 members.
As chief medical officer at Community Mental Health Affiliates, LLC, Atkins works with people with substance use and mental disorders. He is a national presenter and trainer, published fiction and nonfiction author, member of the Yale volunteer clinical faculty and a sub-committee co-chair for the current Commissioners’ Alcohol and Drug Policy Council. His recent books include: “Co-Occurring Disorders: The Integrated Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use and Mental Disorders” and mysteries and thrillers penned as both Charles Atkins and Caleb James.
Participants are eligible to receive six continuing education units from the CT Association of Social Workers, Continuing Medical Education, and the CT Certification Board.
To register for this training, visit http://training.womensconsortium.org. Registration is $85. For more information, call 203-909-6888.