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Program Committee

Special thanks are extended to this year’s program committee for their excellent job in meeting the challenge to create a pertinent and timely ADDICTIONS UPDATE for the multi-disciplinary target audience. They dedicated significant hours to reviewing literature, professional practices, surveys, needs assessments, presentation proposals, and industry gap issues along with professional input from colleagues and past attendees. With this groundwork, they spent time delving into the details and participated in robust discussions around various practices and current research to design the outstanding program offered. Thanks to them, this year’s program will offer you Information and tools you can incorporate into your own practices to enhance the quality of care you and your cohorts provide. Gratitude and kudos to each of these planning committee members.

Committee Members

Jeffrey Clark, MD

Board Certified Addiction Psychiatrist, Assistant Clinical Professor & Faculty, Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine
Founder & Owner, Wonderberry, LLC
Consultant, Koko, Inc.

Amy de la Garza, MD, FASAM, IFMCP

President, ASAM - Utah Chapter

Private Practice

Elizabeth F. Howell, MD, DLFAPA, DFASAM*

Professor of Psychiatry & Addiction Psychiatry Training Director, University of Utah School of Medicine

Clinician, Huntsman Mental Health Institute

*CME Course Director

Tia D. Korologos, BSN, RN*

President, ESI Management Group

*Project Developers & Coordinators

Shanel Long, BS, SUDC

Adult Treatment Program Administrator III, Utah Office of Substance Use & Mental Health

Larry Marx, MPA

Healthcare Licensing Bureau Manager, Utah Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing

Debbie Scovill, MPA, LCSW

Clinical Initiatives Manager, Intermountain Health

Allison Smith, PhD

Inpatient Psychology Manager, Huntsman Mental Health Institute

Benjamin Todd Thatcher, DO, CMRO

Vice President of Medical Services, Valley Behavioral Health

Mason S. Turner, MD

Senior Medical Director of Behavioral Health, Intermountain Health

Program Contributors

Addiction Medicine Fellows & Residents

University of Utah

**All committee members were asked to sign a formal disclosure and any disclosures made are noted. No disclosures related to potential conflicts of interests arising from financial relationships with ineligible companies within the last 24 months have been disclosed by any committee member. An ineligible company is defined as any entity producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. (Providers of clinical services direct to patients are not considered ineligible companies unless the provider is owned or controlled by an ineligible company.)

Questions about the conference?

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Department of Psychiatry and Huntsman Mental Health Institute

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Utah Office of Substance Use and Mental Health (SUMH) 

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Utah Division of Professional Licensing (DOPL)

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ESI Management Group

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