April 18, 2018 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
17 N. Dearborn Street
Intro to Harm Reduction for Criminal Justice Advocates
Wednesday, April 18th, 2:30pm-5:30pm
Adler University, 17 N. Dearborn Street, 15th floor
This is an educational program open to everyone interested in criminal justice reform or involved in the criminal justice system. We will discuss public health research that supports harm reduction responses to the opioid overdose epidemic.
It will introduce attendees to the evidence behind public health approaches to substance use disorders and the framework of harm reduction as an alternative to, or in the context of, criminal prosecution for drug offenses.
In addition, there will be an overview of some specific strategies such as: needle exchanges, non-judgmental services, safe consumption sites & services, and an emphasis on the importance of access to voluntary, evidence-based treatment in community settings.
- Dr. Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, Medical Director of Behavioral Health, Chicago Department of Public Health
- Dr. Juleigh Nowinski Konchak, Lead, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Collaborative, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System
- Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch, Manager of Training and Technical Assistance, Heartland Alliance Health & Drug Education Manager, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
- Rev. Doris Green, CEO, Men & Women in Prison Ministries
- Suzanne Carlsberg-Racich, Assistant Professor of Public Health, DePaul University & Chicago Recovery Alliance
- Geoff Bathje, Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Adler University
- Kathie Kane-Willis, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Chicago Urban League
- Greg Scott, Chicago Recovery Alliance
- Gabriela Zapata-Alma, Director of Substance Use Treatment Programs, Thresholds
Lawyers licensed in Illinois will receive 2.5 hours CLE credit (professional responsibility application pending). Snacks will also be available. For more information and to register, please click here
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