Panel Discussion: Building Bridges to Recovery

By: Jason Snyder, DDAP Communications Director

September 26, 2016

A few years ago, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) created the Building Bridges to Recovery initiative, which encourages dialogue between medical providers and the recovery community. As part of that initiative and National Recovery Month, DDAP is convening a panel discussion from 9 to 11 am, Thursday, Sept. 29, at the State Museum in Harrisburg. It will be live webcast and offered as continuing medical education.

The panel discussion will focus on ways to improve identification of people with addiction and ways to more effectively refer and treat them. Panel members will also identify and address barriers, including stigma, to those efforts. As part of the discussion, people in recovery will have an opportunity to share their insight and experience with the medical providers to better inform the discussion and direct next steps.

Last year over 3,500 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdose – that is an astonishing 10 deaths a day and up from the more than 2,500 reported deaths in 2014. Having open and candid conversations and working together are vital tools in combating this terrible epidemic.

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Opening Speakers

Gary Tennis

Secretary, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

Rachel Levine

Pennsylvania physician general

John P. Gallagher, MD,

Vice chair Pennsylvania Medical Society Board of Trustees and chair, Pennsylvania Medical Society Opioid Advisory Task Force


Dr. Thomas Kohl

Berkshire Family Medicine, Reading Health System

Brandon Antinopoulos, Pharm.D

Pharmacy Manager, Hometown Apothecary Drugs

Dr. Roderick Groomes

Director, Armstrong County Memorial Hospital Emergency Department

Cindi Coffman, BA, CADC, CCS

Assistant Program Director, Cove Forge BHS

Dr. Bill Santoro

Chief, Section of Addictions Medicine, Reading Health System
Medical Director, New Directions

Scott Scotilla, Psy.D. ICAADC

Scotilla Psychological Services LLC

Andrew Schmitt, LCSW

Mazzitti and Sullivan Counseling Services

Jen Zampogna, MD

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and a person in recovery

Ovis Mangum, BA, CEAP

EAP Case Manager, Norfolk Southern Corp. and a person in recovery


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