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TxSUS Plenary Sessions • Texas Substance Use


2022 Texas Substance Use Symposium Plenary Program

Communities Collaborating for Positive Change

 
These Opioid Training Initiative modules are recordings from the 2022 Texas Substance Use Symposium (TxSUS), held in Corpus Christi, Texas in March of 2022.  These plenary modules were developed to promote community collaborations that invoke positive change and reduce substance use deaths in Texas.  TxSUS represents a unique opportunity to bring together health care providers, law enforcement, behavioral health professionals and peer recovery specialists, to collaboratively identify local substance use challenges and to develop solutions that will address this public health concern.  These modules will review public health and evidence-based approaches to treatment, innovative reform for law enforcement, development of creative treatment environments, and the incorporation of harm reduction practices. 
 
The information in this course has been specifically tailored to meet the needs of clinicians practicing in Texas with a focus on regional trends, laws and regulations.
 
Activity Access:  Use the BLUE button at the bottom of the page to register for this activity and access videos/module content.

Save the Date for the 2023 TxSUS • San Antonio Texas • March 27-28, 2023 • FREE CE Event

Modules

The following modules are included in this course.  See the tabs below for more information on each module and instructions for accessing module content.

  • Texas Perspective on Public Health and Evidence-Based Approach for Improving the Substance Use Treatment Ecosystem
  • Innovation and Reform in Substance Use, Law Enforcement, and Policing
  • Creating Supportive Environments for BIPOC: Tailoring Treatment to the Realities of Drug Use at the US-Mexico Border

Faculty

Special thank you to the following faculty who developed the content of this course.  Additional biography and disclosure information is available in the module tabs.

 
  • Crystal Walker, DMSc, PA-C | Director of Substance Use Disorders Clinical Services | MHMR of Tarrant County
  • Brandon del Pozo, PhD, MPA, MA | Postdoctoral Fellow, Miriam Hospital, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University |Associate Faculty, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Blumberg School of Public Affairs | Research Fellow, Global Law Enforcement and Public Health Association, & Executive Fellow, National Police Foundation
  • Julia Lechuga, MA, PhD | Associate Professor of Public Health | The University of Texas at El Paso College of Health Science

Continuing Education Information

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The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  This online activity is approved for up to 0.3 CEUs (3.00 contact hours) of continuing education credit (each module is 1.0 contact hour). In order to receive 3.0 contact hours of CE credit, the participant must watch each video in its entirety, complete the online post-test, and complete the online evaluation.  Pharmacists:  Please make sure NABP e-ID and date of birth (month/year) are entered correctly in your profile.

 

The UT Health San Antonio Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Long School of Medicine designates this material for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™  .    


The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. For information on CNE requirements and conflict of interest, please see the full Continuing Nursing Education disclosures for these courses here. Please note that the CNE on these courses expires August 26, 2022.


The Office of Professional Development at The University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and as such receives automatic approval as a continuing education provider by the Texas Board of Social Work Examiners under Texas Administrative Code, Title 22, Part 34. § 781.511(c). The program represented by this certificate was provided in accordance with the criteria and standards of the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, and has been approved for Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.  Please note that 1 hour = 1 CEU.  Complaints about this program may be made to TSBSWE  333 Guadalupe St, Tower 3, Room 900, Austin, TX 78701  •  512-305-7700 • 800-821-3205

bhec.texas.gov/texas-state-board-of-social-worker-examiners/


This project is funded by Texas Health & Human Services Texas Targeted Opioid Response.

Fee

$0.00

CE Hours

3.00

CE Units

0.300

Activity Type

  • Knowledge

Target Audience(s)

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Physicians
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physician Assistant
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Advance Practice Nurses (CME)
  • Nurse Practitoners (CME)

Co-Sponsor(s)

UT Austin College of Pharmacy TxOTI

 

 

   

Texas Perspective:  Public Health and Evidence-Based Approach for Improving the Substance Use Treatment Ecosystem

 
 
 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Describe the value of public health and public safety in addressing substance use in Texas
  • List at least three models or approaches to providing substance use treatment to vulnerable populations such as the uninsured/underinsured, homeless, and/or justice involved. 
  • Apply strategies or principles that help foster cross-sector partnerships for the improvement of the treatment ecosystem in Texas

About the Faculty:
 
Crystal Walker, DMSc, PA-C
Director of Substance Use Disorders Clinical Services
MHMR of Tarrant County
 
Dr. Walker practices medicine as a Physician Assistant in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the Director of Substance Use Disorders Clinical Services for My Health My Resources (MHMR) of Tarrant County. She obtained her Doctor of Medical Science from the University of Lynchburg, her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and her Bachelor of Science from Stephen F. Austin State University. Her career as a PA has been dedicated to the underserved and indigent populations, including providing primary care of individuals in the Tarrant County Jail, the John Peter Smith homeless clinic, and substance use treatment centers. She is also an Adjunct Clinical Instructor for the University of North Texas Health Science Center PA Studies program. In 2018, she was the recipient of the NIDA Mentored Outreach Award in Substance Use Disorders Treatment Dissemination. She is also active with the TxMOUD, Project Echo, and Get Waivered Texas projects.
Disclosure: Ms.Walker has no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.
 
This project is funded by Texas Health & Human Services Texas Targeted Opioid Response.

Activity Number

0067-9999-22-003-H04-P/T

Release Date: Mar 23, 2022
Credit Expiration Date: Mar 22, 2025

CE Hours

1.00
   

   

Innovation and Reform in Substance Use, Law Enforcement, and Policing

 
 
 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Discuss the role of medications for opioid use disorder in substance use disorder treatment and overdose reduction
  • Describe the role of medications for opioid use disorder in reducing crime and recidivism
  • Situate deflection and diversion to treatment and harm reduction services in the continuum of police response to opioid use disorder, its sequelae, and associated criminal behavior
  • Develop strategies that integrate officer occupational safety, crime reduction, and diversion to treatment/harm reduction for people with opioid use disorder as a comprehensive, aligned approach to these concerns

About the Faculty:
 
Brandon del Pozo, PhD, MPA, MA
Postdoctoral Fellow, Miriam Hospital, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Associate Faculty, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Blumberg School of Public Affairs
Research Fellow, Global Law Enforcement and Public Health Association, & Executive Fellow, National Police Foundation
 
Brandon del Pozo spent 23 years in policing: 19 in the NYPD, where he started his career on the beat in Brooklyn and went on to command two patrol precincts, and four as the chief of police of Burlington, Vermont, where he led the city’s public health response to the opioid crisis. Since completing his PhD in 2020, he is now a postdoctoral researcher on the consequences of substance use at Rhode Island's Miriam Hospital and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research interests include systems-level approaches to delivering substance use treatment services through linkages in police settings, and aligning effective responses to substance use and overdose with police occupational safety and crime reduction strategies.
Disclosure: Dr. del Pozo has no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose
 
This project is funded by Texas Health & Human Services Texas Targeted Opioid Response.

Activity Number

0067-9999-22-004-H04-P/T

Release Date: Mar 24, 2022
Credit Expiration Date: Mar 23, 2025

CE Hours

1.00
   

   

Creating Supportive Treatment Environments for BIPOC, Tailoring Treatment to the Realities of Substance Use at the Border

 
 
 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Discuss the needs of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals with a SUD residing on the U.S.-Mexico border
  • Describe how the complex interaction between policy, availability of resources, and barriers at the structural and individual level exacerbate health care access and utilization disparities
  • Discuss behavioral approaches to create supportive environments to reduce health care access and utilization disparities present in environments with hostile policies towards SUD

About the Faculty:
 
Julia Lechuga, MA, PhD
Associate Professor of Public Health
The University of Texas at El Paso College of Health Sciences
 
Julia Lechuga, PhD., has over 15 years of experience assessing the needs of BIPOC individuals afflicted with substance use disorders in the U.S. and Central America and developing, implementing and testing behavioral interventions aimed at reducing rates of infectious diseases while addressing needs assessed. Dr. Lechuga graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a PhD in health psychology in 2008 and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2010. Her interventions address factors at the policy, community, and individual levels. Presently, Dr. Lechuga is associate professor of Public Health at the University of Texas at El Paso in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Disclosure: Dr Lechuga has no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.
 
This project is funded by Texas Health & Human Services Texas Targeted Opioid Response.

Activity Number

0067-9999-22-011-H04-P/T

Release Date: Mar 24, 2022
Credit Expiration Date: Mar 23, 2025

CE Hours

1.00