Ohio’s Opiate ConferenceOn June 6 and 7, 2022, the OACBHA Foundation will host its 12th Opiate Conference. While Ohio's Opiate Conference has grown to be the largest opiate-focused training in the Midwest, the Opiate Conference started on a much smaller scale in 2010, in an effort to expand Ohio's knowledge and use of medication-assisted treatment for alcohol and other substance use disorders. As the number of opiate-related overdoses and overdose deaths climbed, the Foundation focused on providing an opportunity for behavioral health practitioners and allied professionals to learn about best practices for treating opiate use disorder, preventing substance abuse, and providing supports to individuals in recovery, families, and communities.
In just one year, from 2010 to 2011, the conference programming and number of attendees grew considerably, calling attention to the pressing need to confront Ohio's opiate epidemic. Beginning in 2018, conference programming addressed the concern Ohio's community members and behavioral health professionals expressed regarding new epidemics. While maintaining its focus on opiates, the conference has since featured expert speakers on methamphetamine, marijuana, alcohol, and suicide. Conference branding - Miles Traveled, Miles Ahead; Turning the Tide Together; Bridges to Recovery; and Helping People Recover (just to name a few) - demonstrate the progress, growth, and collaboration that Ohio's behavioral health system has demonstrated in working to address addiction epidemics, and connected mental health challenges, over the last 12 years.
In 2021, after more than a year of canceled in-person events and conferences, the OACBHA Foundation hosted its first ever virtual opiate conference. Ohio's 2021 Opiate & Other Drugs Conference: Exploring Better Pathways for Care was a three-day virtual conference, featuring three general sessions and 36 breakout session options. With the help of technology, attendees, speakers, volunteers, and staff were able to learn about innovative strategies and treatment modalities, while reconnecting with each other through chat boxes and virtual meeting rooms.
Ohio's 2022 Opiate & Other Drugs Conference: Helping People Recover marks our enthusiastic return to in-person learning. With the help of our generous partners - the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction - and sponsors, this year's conference will feature 42 breakout session options, timely keynote speakers, and face-to-face time with up to 1,000 behavioral health and allied professionals.
Conference registration for attendees will be live in mid-March. Until then, follow along on our conference page for details and updates.