2019 Conference on Opiates & Addiction: Partners on the Path to Recovery

November 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
First Christian Church
6900 Market Ave N
North Canton, OH 44721
Carrie Long







The goal of this annual event is to disseminate information and educate the community and professionals about opiates and other drugs, to bring new knowledge to Stark County for prevention, treatment, and recovery.

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Current Conference Highlights: 

Morning Keynote: “The MATTERS Network: Medication Assisted Treatment and Emergency Referrals” – Joshua Lynch, DO, FACEP, Clinical Assistant Professor, UBMD Emergency Medicine and Director of Emergency Medicine, Kaleida Health|DeGraff Memorial Hospital

A Buffalo native, Dr. Lynch began his career in emergency medicine by following in his grandfather’s footsteps as a volunteer firefighter. He continues his work in pre-hospital care by serving as medical director and flight physician for Mercy Flight along with several fire and police departments around Western New York.

Following his undergraduate studies at the University at Buffalo, Dr. Lynch attended the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine as part of the inaugural class at the Bradenton, Florida campus. He completed an emergency medicine residency at the University at Buffalo, where he served as chief resident his final year. Dr. Lynch is a senior physician with UBMD Emergency Medicine and holds academic appointments at the University at Buffalo, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has previously held academic appointments at Erie Community College and SUNY Upstate. He works clinically in the emergency departments of Kaleida Health and ECMC.

Please click here for a draft agenda (subject to change).

“Streamlining and Managing Data” – Megan Petra, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Toledo and Orman Hall, MA, Executive‐In‐Residence, Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health (OAIPH)

“The Emergency Department as a Point of Intervention for Addiction: The Ohio ED Comprehensive Care Project”Kelly Firesheets, PsyD, Senior Project Director, BrightView Health and Jaimie McKinnon, MBA, BA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, VP, Behavioral Health Institute, Summa Health

“Matrix Model – Treatment for Meth”Ryan Smith, MSW, LISW-S, LICDC, Recovery Services Administrator, Division of Facility Support

Who should attend:

Open to all area medical professionals, health and human service providers, school staff, community leaders, law and criminal justice professionals, parents and community members. It takes all of us working together to tackle Stark County’s public health epidemic.

Location and Cost:

  • Location: First Christian Church; 6900 Market Avenue N, Canton, Ohio 44721.
  • Cost: $20.00 per person will cover registration, refreshments, lunch and snacks. Government entities and StarkMHAR funded provider agencies will be sent one invoice following the conference.  All others should submit payment in the form of a check made payable to StarkMHAR or exact cash and should clearly include the title of the training and the name of the attendee prior to the training in order to complete the registration.
  • Education credits: 6.0 CEUs/CMEs pending for applicable sessions.
  • Limited space, please register by Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

For assistance, please contact Carrie.Long@StarkMHAR.org.