PARCKA PARLEYS is a monthly, one hour, seminar series focusing on various topics around addiction, held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. CME available and all are encouraged to attend!



January 18, 2022

Clean Slate Utah

Noella Sudbury; Executive Director, Clean Slate Utah

The mission of Clean Slate Utah is to help people clear their criminal records and access opportunity.

February 15, 2022

Linking Faith, Community, and Substance Use Research

Heidi Peterson Dutson & Logan Wolf, Th.M

In this presentation, learn from prevention science to develop a concreate strategy that can be employed to proactively plan to make a difference in your realm of influence.


Substance Use and Healing with Native American Individuals

Kristina Groves, LCSW; Behavioral Health Program Director, Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake City

Substance use treatment often only focuses on reducing or stopping substance use without understanding or addressing contributing factors such as historical or generational trauma or disconnection from culture, spirituality and community—issues that are common among Native American people with substance use disorders. This presentation will share how the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake’s SUD program has worked to integrate culture and spirituality with evidenced-based treatment interventions/modalities to support community members’ recovery and healing. Kristina will also discuss other services offered at the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake.

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An Overview of The Addiction Recovery Program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Ben Erwin, PhD

Nathan Acree, LCSW

This presentation provided an overview of the Addiction Recovery Program for Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, why 12 step support groups are effective in helping participants with their recovery, and how communities can access or work with this program. 

Learn more about the The Addiction Recovery Program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Saving Veterans Lives

Al Palmer, Mentor Coordinator for the Friends of
S.L.C. Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Program

The S.L.C. Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Program is a nonprofit volunteer program with a goal to provide a support system to veterans who are participating in the Salt Lake County 3rd District veteran’s treatment court. Most veterans need the feeling of brotherhood and sisterhood that they use to have when they were on active duty. To facilitate this, the mentor program puts together weekly, monthly, and yearly activities, as well as provides support to the veterans in our community. This presentation will share more about this important work.

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Complementary & Integrated Care for Substance Use Disorder

Amy de la Garza, MD, Owner of Heron Wellness

Substance Use Disorder is a complex chronic disease process which impacts the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of those affected. As we are learning with other chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even some cancers, a patient-centered, complementary and integrative approach to treatment addresses the complete person, rather than simply targeting symptoms or specific disease processes. An integrative approach to the treatment of SUD is worth exploration and discussion, and there is growing evidence that complementary approaches can be helpful in the treatment of humans with this difficult diagnosis.

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Zero Refusal Receiving Centers

Nichole Cunha, LCSW, DHS; Bill Newell ONDCP-CDC; Steve Barnes, MPH CDC Foundation

This presentation wil orient users to community based, and law enforcement aided diversion efforts for mental health and substance use related concerns.  Attendees will be presented with an overview of a Zero Refusal Receiving Center to include supporting literature, preliminary pilot date outcomes, and future expansion plans and research efforts.

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Healthy Individuals. Healthy Community.

Teri Mumm, Spy Hop

Alexa Wrench, Volunteers of America

The Spy Hop Youth Prevention Coaltion organized as a group of diverse community voices committed to advancing meaningful opporutnities for every young person to learn, engage and thrive as healthy individuals. By creating space where youth can invest their strengths and engage in their own growth, we believe we can create a community that supports the health and self-sufficiency of all individuals. This presentation will provide an overview of foundational concepts in substance use prevention science and discuss the coalition's current efforts to address youth substance use in Salt Lake City using the Communities that Care model.

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The Utah Medical Cannabis Program

Sarah Ponce, MS, RN

Center for Medical Cannabis, Utah Department of Health

Utah’s Medical Cannabis program has grown dramatically since its inception, with over 600 Qualified Medical Providers and 23,000 registered active card-holding patients as of March 2021. This presentation will provide a review of the Utah Medical Cannabis Program discussing the Medical Cannabis Act and its current state. Focusing on the program’s basics, the legal medical cannabis forms and limits, and legislative updates from the 2021 session. 

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USARA CRAFT Family Support Program

Darlene Schultz


Learn about USARA's free structured non-clinical program to support family members and friends who have loved ones that struggle with substance use. USARA uses a peer-facilitated model based on CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) and runs concurrently in a cycle of 12-week sessions. The weekly group meetings are available both in-person and online.

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How the Media is Addressing Addiction

Leslie Tillotson, Maren Jensen, Jim Spiewak


An overview of Addicted Utah, a recurring segment on KUTV Channel 2. Learn their process, see examples of stories, and find out how you can contribute to this effort.

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Drug Demand Reduction Outreach

Jesse Hudson, 2LT

Utah National Guard's Counterdrug Program

A brief overview of substance misuse prevention and the National Guard's efforts to support Utah communities' in creating local solutions to local problems

Risk Factor Handout

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Adaptations to Treat the SUD Population

Eric Schmidt, LCSW, MSSW, MBA

A brief description of the application of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), along with the DBT Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Protocols, to effectively treat those struggling with multiple problems including SUD.

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Cost-effectiveness of Extended-release Injectable Naltrexone Among Incarcerated Persons Pre-reentry

Ali Jalali, PhD

Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV and HIV, Well Cornell Medical College

Strategies for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) in criminal justice settings have garnered increasing attention given the high prevalence of OUD among justice-involved populations, and the elevated risk of overdose mortality shortly after release from incarceration. Extended-release naltrexone, an opioid antagonist, is an evidence-based pharmacotherapy that prevents opioid relapse and overdose for approximately 30 days. This talk will present results from a comprehensive economic evaluation conducted alongside a clinical trial testing the effectiveness of extended-release naltrexone administered to incarcerated persons with OUD, just prior to reentry, vs. referral to community-based treatment

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Buprenorphine Use in the Inpatient and Peri-operative Hospital Setting

Michael Moss, MD

University of Utah Posion Control Center

Patients with opioid use disorder often require hospitalization for medical and surgical complications from IV drug use.  Enduring opioid withdrawal while hospitalized is a major challenge for these patients.  This talk will explore buprenorphine as a tool in managing pain and withdrawal in the inpatient and peri-operative setting.

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Human Trafficking: warning signs, awareness, addiction

January Riggin


Discussion of local trafficking, crisis outreach responses, awareness and signs of trafficking, exploitation of women, substance use involvement, and resources for help.

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Opioid Induced Respiratory Failure (OIRD).  Are there early warning signs?

Robert Farney, MD, FACCP

University of Utah, Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine

The discussion will be on how opioids suppress all aspects of respiration, including drive and rhythm. Respiratory effects occur mainly during sleep or non-awake states. Dr. Farney will also address the fact that there is a sub-population with enhanced sensitivity and without known risk factors, and will review the background and manifestations of opioid toxicity that occur during sleep.

Veterans’ Experiences with Primary Care-Based Opioid Replacement Therapy

Susan Zickmund, PhD 

University of Utah, Division of Epidemiology

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Working with community partners on developing sustainable education about opioid use disorders and treatment options

Kris Williams, DNP APRN FNP-C & Kirsty Baron, PhD RN

Weber State University Annie Taylor Dee School of Nursing

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Training Providers and Staff about Chronic Pain Management and Opioids in Long-Term Care

Linda Edelman, PhD RN

University of Utah College of Nursing

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Family Perspectives in the Substance Use Disorder Crisis

Dennis Cecchini, Ciara Gregovich, and Joyce Kim

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Opioids and the Science of Addiction: A Science-Based Approach to Classroom Opioid Education

Sheila Homburger

Kristin Fenker

Genetic Science Learning Center, University of Utah

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Addiction Care at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute

Elizabeth F. Howell, MD, MS, DLFAPA, DFADAM

University Neuropsychiatric Institute

Siri, Rate my Counselor: Scaling Up the Evaluation of Substance Use Counseling with Speech Signal Processing and Machine Learning

Zac Imel, PhD

Jake Van Epps, PhD

Educational Psychology, University of Utah

Marijuana in Pregnancy: Sorting Through Hazy Evidence

Torri Metz, MD, MS

Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Utah

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"SBIRT and the Next Sphygmomanometer in Utah: Understanding SBIRT Education at the University of Utah and Utah" 

Melissa Cheng, MD, MOH, MHS

Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Utah

Project ECHO - We may not be Amazon, but we are breaking down the walls between specialty and primary care

Paula Cook, MD

University Neuropsychiatric Institute

Christina Choate, Lead Program Coordinator 

Project ECHO, University of Utah

"Stigma is Recovery's Biggest Enemy" 

Tricia Bishop

Heather Bush

Utah Department of Health Syringe Exchange Program

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Amidst Tragedy, A Frameshift: Evolving Policy Initiatives to Address Prescription Opioid Recipients

Stefan Kertesz, MD, MSc 

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Let's Talk to the Experts - Advanced Treatment Options for Opioid Use

Katherine L. Carlson, MD, FASAM, Medical Director, Project Reality

Christina Zidow, LCSW, Chief Operating Officer, Odyssey House 

Misty McIntyre Goodsell, LCSW, Director of Research & Development, Odyssey House

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Misfits between the Law and People with Opioid Use Disorders

Leslie Francis, JD, PhD

Teneille Brown, JD

S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah

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Marijuana and the New Utah Law

Steve Ipsen, MSN, RN, Director of Clinical Services

Utah Department of Health

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Preventing Adolescent Vaping: What We Know and What We Don't 

Jason Burrow-Sanchez, PhD & Benjamin Ratcliff, BS

Department of Educational Psychology, University of Utah

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Challenges of Addiction in the Community - Myths & Realities

Bill Cosgrove, MD, Salt Lake County Health Board

Tayler Nelson, Overdose Prevention Health Educator, Salt Lake County Health Department

Adam Gordon, MD, MPH, Director, PARCKA

Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA)


The PARCKA PARLEYS Advisory Board is made up of community members from social work, nursing, pharmacy, family affected by SUD, military, and the patient perspective.  We feel it is imperative to have community representation as we develop programming to address the many different aspects of substance use.




 (*noun, plural parleys: a discussion or conference)


Our PARLEYS have gone virtual! Until it's safe to meet in person again, we'll still meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month @ 12:00 PM MST, but instead we'll meet via Zoom. The only difference is, lunch is on you!

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