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Connecting Resources to a Community in Need: Worcester Police Addiction Recovery (WPAR) Program

Class Details

Learn how to recognize the signs of substance use that are often overlooked. Communities often have resources available to help those with substance use disorder, as well as help for their families. Because of the stigma this disease carries, many people do not talk about their struggles or how they found help. Worcester Police Officer Patricia Joy Cummings, and Rebecca Zwicker, a recovery coach Supervisor and Coordinator for the Worcester Police Addiction Recovery Program will share the program they have developed to help those in need to find the pathway to recovery. Learn what you can do to alleviate the stigma associated with this disease.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Sep 27, 2017
1:00PM - 2:00PM ET
Susan Halpin, Education & Outreach Specialist

Class Instructors

Susan Halpin, Education & Outreach Specialist

Join us for a series of one-hour webinars about topics related to the prevention and treatment of  substance use disorder and mental health.

You are invited to attend all of the webinars, or only the ones that you are interested in. Each webinar has a specific focus within the mental health and substance use disorder fields. The format of each webinar will be a presentation from a medical or community professional currently working to help people with substance-use disorders. The presenters will share their personal experiences and what they have learned by being involved on the front lines of addiction prevention and treatment.

Through each webinar, it is our goal to provide a professional perspective that combines research and/or evidence-based information along with personal experience to further
understanding, and to hopefully alleviate the stigma about topics that are timely relating mental health and the opioid health crisis.

Using Data to Guide & Evaluate Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Rhode Island's Drug Overdose Dashboard
March 1, 2018 1-2PM (EST)
Brandon DL Marshall, PhD
Associate Professor,  Department of Epidemiology, Brown University School of Public Health
Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Boston University

Learn how timely analysis and public dissemination of data is being used to guide and evaluate public policy and public health response to the overdose crisis in Rhode Island.

Addressing a By-Product of the Opioid Addiction Crisis - Commercial Sexual Exploitation with LIFT (Living In Freedom Together)
April 10, 2018 1-2PM (EST)
Nicole Bell, Founder of LIFT, 
Marianne Sarkis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of International Development and Social Change
Clark University

Learn about the innovative treatment, advocacy work and research being done by LIFT to empower and treat survivors of sexual exploitation and substance use disorder. 

Substance Use Disorder in Pregnancy: EMPOWER, a Community Based Approach to Improve Care for Women and Newborns Affected by Perinatal Substance Use Disorder
May 15, 2018  1-2PM (EST)
Linda Jablonski, RNC, MSN, Assistant Nurse Manager, The Birthplace; Baystate Franklin Medical Center
Co-Chair Franklin County Perinatal Support Coalition

Learn how one rural community collaborated to create a screening, referral and support program called EMPOWER (Engaging Mothers for Posititve Outcomes with Early Referrals). This innovative approach helps support women and improve outcomes by identifying and addressing barriers to care, for patients, health care providers and their community.

Just Talk About It
June 12, 2018 3-4PM
Carl Antisell
Minding Your Mind (
Carl Antisell from the non-profit organization Minding Your Mind ( will share his story about his journey through addiction to recovery. Carl will share behaviors that could be signs of potential mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression and crisis. Learn how to look beyond the stigma regarding mental health to address potential mental health issues with effective communication using vocabulary that invites engagement, and reflects empathy, care and respect.



Through each webinar, the objective is to provide a professional perspective, personal experience, current research and/or evidence-based information to further understanding,
and alleviate the stigma around topics that are timely within the mental health and substance use disorder field.