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Join us on May 19th, 2022 for the second annual King County Conference on Substance Use Disorders!
To register, visit: https://kingcounty.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xnwcazMnRdqPcbC8Ibbwvw

2022 CSUD Schedule

10:00 AM – Welcome by Councilmember Dunn

10:15 AM – What is King County Working On? An Update on Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) & Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS)

Presented by: Councilmember Reagan Dunn; Leo Flor, Director of King County Department of Community and Human Services; and Heather Venegas, Director of the King County Recovery Coalition

11:00AM – Session 1: Substance Use After Two Years of the Pandemic - Areas of Concern & Hope
We know there was a significant increase in substance use during the Coronavirus pandemic, but two years later, as things improve, has substance use decreased and are things really getting better?

Presented by: Kelli Nomura, Director at Department of Community and Human Services – Behavioral Health and Recovery Division and Alysse Bryson, Founder & CEO at The Sober Curator

11:30 AM – Session 2: Fentanyl is a Public Health Crisis
Fentanyl use and overdoses have overwhelmingly increased in our community and nationwide. What is King County doing to help with this crisis – and how can we come together as a community to help?

Presented by: Brad Finegood, Strategic Advisor at Public Health – Seattle & King County

12:00 PM – BREAK

12:45 PM – SPECIAL ACTIVITY: Get Active in Your Recovery HIIT
Join us for a 15-minute high-interval intensity training session, as physical fitness not only proves to be beneficial for your physique, but for mental health and your journey to recovery!

Presented by: Coach Ben Matlak and Coach Kyle Ulrey, Co-owners of bStrong Bellevue

1:00 PM – Session 3: Stigma, Bias and Compassion - Opportunities to Strengthen Efforts for Whole Person Caring
This presentation will explore the impact of implicit bias, racial stereotypes and stigma associated with those struggling with substance use disorders – and how its negative impacts.

Presented by: Vania Rudolf, MD, MPH, DFASAM; Medical Director, Swedish Addiction Recovery Services; Chair, National Women and Addiction Group, ASAM

1:15 PM – Session 4: The Impact of Substance Use Within the Family Roundtable
This roundtable session will discuss how substance use disorders and addiction affects the entire family dynamic – and how families can support loved ones through one’s journey of recovery.

Presented by: Frank Couch, Involuntary Commitment Coordinator at Department of Community and Human Services; and Phil Martin – Outreach Coordinator at Adult Teen Challenge

2:15 PM – Session 5: Stories of Hope - There is Life After Addiction, Most People Recover!
Listen to individual stories from those who’ve struggled with substance use disorders and how they have found recovery and hope.

Presented by: Leonard Mayo, Operation Manager at Recovery Café; Erick Anderson, Student Services Coordinator at Adult Teen Challenge; and Amanda Anderson, Education Coordinator at Adult Teen Challenge

2:45 PM – National Mental Health Awareness Month Proclamation

Presented by: Councilmember Dunn and Councilmember Kohl-Welles

3:00 PM – Call to Action by Councilmember Dunn

Videos of Past Conferences

King County Conference on Addiction Disorders: Introduction



King County Update



Session 1: Substance Use Disorder During COVID-19



Session 2: The Science Behind Addiction



Session 3: Addressing the Stigmatization of Addiction



Session 4: The Trauma Effect



Proclamation