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2019 Hirsh Larkey Mental Health Conference:
A Spotlight on the Opioid Crisis

May 7, 2019 - Alverno College - Sister Joel Read Center
Bucyrus Conference Center
Milwaukee, WI  


Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CDT
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Alverno College Sister Joel Read Conference Center 
3400 S 43rd Street
Milwaukee, WI 53219

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Donna Triplett 
Jewish Family Services 


The Milwaukee Opioid Crisis:
Taking A Deeper Look At Impact And Interventions

The morning session includes presentations by Milwaukee Community Opioid Prevention Effort (COPE) on current trends and data related to fatal and non-fatal opioid related overdose in Milwaukee County, the “pathway” to overdose, and the need for interventions at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention and Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD) will provide an overview of current programs being implemented in the county to address the crisis.  A panel discussion features a diverse range of perspectives from treatment professionals, individuals and family members who have been personally affected by opioid addiction and deaths due to overdose.


 1:00pm - 4:00pm - 3 CEUs

Biological and Contextual Etiology of Opioid Addiction: Impact and Intervention

Many community-based therapists are not credentialed to provide AODA treatment but more individuals impacted by trauma with associated substance use issues are presenting with these problems in their practice. Facilitated by Edward “Ned” Rubin, Psy.D., Psychologist and Addiction Specialist, the primary goal of the afternoon workshop is for licensed clinicians without substance abuse counselor certification to come away with improved knowledge of the overall clinical etiology of addiction, with emphasis on opioid addiction, and best practices to intervention, within the scope of their licensure.   Participants will learn treatment approaches and alternatives, and gain an understanding of the role of trauma in the development of addictive disorders. Registration limited to 25 individuals.


 $45.00: Morning Session: No CEUs
$55.00: Morning Session: 3 CEUs approved by NASW
$55.00: Afternoon Session: 3 CEUs approved by NASW
$110.00: All Day - Both Sessions: 6 CEUs approved by NASW

Event Schedule:

8:00 am – Registration, Continental Breakfast & Resource Tables
9:00 am – Morning Session 
0:45 am - Panel Presentation
12:00 pm – Break (Lunch on your own) & Resource Tables
1:00 - 4:00pm - Afternoon Session 

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Presenter Biographies


The Milwaukee Opioid Crisis:
Taking A Deeper Look At Impact And Interventions

Nicole Fumo, MPH

Milwaukee COPE:
Milwaukee Community Opioid Prevention Effort

Nicole is a Program Manager at the Medical College of Wisconsin Comprehensive Injury Center (CIC) with research and public health interests including the etiology opioid misuse and overdose prevention, health disparities among sexual minority communities,  and the monitoring and evaluation of community-based programs.   As part of Milwaukee COPE, Nicole works to identify and recommend evidence-based programs and policies that address the opioid epidemic locally, identifies and collates data to inform prevention strategies, and collaborates with experts to identify prevention strategies likely to have the greatest impact in the community. 

Clarence Montgomery, MSW
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and
Children’s Community Health Plan

 An advocate committed to high achievement in the community. Demonstrating a history of working with specialists providing enhanced community services, focusing on integrity and dependability. Prepared reports including budgets, fund development, and planning to meet the needs of various funders'. Worked on initiatives in the community where a consistent approach to sustaining programs, employment for program participant’s created positive outcomes for community stakeholders.




Andy Riggs, Co-Host 103.7 KissFM 
Panel Facilitator 

Andy Riggs has worked in the radio industry for nearly a decade and currently co-hosts the weekday “Riggs & Alley”, morning show on 103.7 KissFM.    He has a personal passion for promoting awareness of mental health issues.  He says, “ Mental Health has always been something I was aware of, but it wasn’t until we lost our Uncle Rick to suicide in July of 2017 that I was really motivated to start speaking out on the rising rates of suicide and I realized I could use my public platform to help break the stigma around mental health and suicide.  I have since then joined the Wisconsin board for the AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention), and started a regular podcast series called “Mental Health Monday” where I educate, inform, and keep the mental health conversation going in a positive way.  My hope is that one day mental health is talked about just as openly and candidly as we talk about cancer, heart disease, or even the flu.”  


Dick Chudnow, Founder, ComedySportz

Dick Chudnow the founder and owner of ComedySportz, an improvisational comedy show started in Milwaukee thirty-five years ago. Today, ComedySportz has spread internationally with licensed franchises in over 30 cities including the US and England. Dick is one of the co-creators of the Kentucky Fried Theater (Madison and Los Angeles), a writer on KGOD (Pray TV), and a writer and actor in the film "Spy Hard." Dick graduated from Shorewood High School and completed course work at UW-Madison and UCLA. He has been married to Jennifer Rupp, pen name: Jennifer Trethewey for 32 years.

Dick and Jennifer experienced the loss of their son Nick who died of an overdose one and a half years ago.  To honor Nick’s memory, Dick and Jennifer established the Nicholas Samuel Chudnow Chudnayshun Fund.  They chose the name Chudnayshun (like Chud-Nation) because that was Nick’s email moniker.  The fund supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to drug addiction solutions, the Fentanyl crisis, drug prevention and education programs, and drug treatment services. Their goal is to prevent children from adopting drugs as a lifestyle, and to help those who have.  Dick and Jennifer are particularly drawn to programs that can reach young people before they become addicted.


Gabrielle O'Neil, Author and Artist

Gabrielle O'Neil is a dynamic speaker who uses her story, personality, and charm to connect with her audiences. As a speaker and educator, she is committed to continued education around mental health, substance abuse, LGBTQ+ challenges, and suicide prevention. On a more personal note, she is a writer, artist, life-long learner, and athlete. Gabrielle has a collection of experiences that are unique, giving her the distinct advantage of being able to relate information from a first-hand perspective. As a suicide attempt survivor, Gabrielle provides a unique outlook and offers first-hand knowledge. By being open and honest about her experiences, she hopes she can provide insight, offer support and help others toward a greater understanding of mental health challenges.


Jillian Theobald, MD PhD., Medical College of WI

Jillian Theobald received a bachelor's of arts from Carthage College where she majored in physics and minored in math and biology. In 2008 she obtained her Doctorate in Cell Biology and Anatomy exploring the intrinsic regulation of gene expression in developmental biology, specifically myogenesis, and in 2010 her medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She went on to an emergency medicine residency at University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System ending in 2013. Subsequently, she completed a medical toxicology fellowship at the Toxikon Consortium (Cook County Hospital, Illinois Poison Center and University of Illinois Hospital) in Chicago. Dr. Theobald has authored multiple chapters in Emergency Medicine textbooks and continues to engage in research that explores the validity of historical management paradigms of toxicological exposures, determines the variables surrounding opioid overdose deaths, and assesses the quality improvement processes of poison center operations.




Biological and Contextual Etiology of Opioid Addiction:
Impact and Intervention

Edward M. Rubin, Psy.D.

Edward Rubin holds a Doctor of Psychology degree from the Wisconsin School of Professio nal Psychology and has been licensed both in the state of Wisconsin and New Mexico.  He also holds two Master Degrees, one in Psychology from Marquette University and one in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He has also been credentialed as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor and an Independent Clinical Supervisor of substance abuse counselors in Wisconsin. Before retiring to Las Cruces, Edward worked for over 40 years in the field of chemical dependency.  Past work experiences include DePaul Hospital in Milwaukee as Clinical Director of Inpatient Treatment Programs and Director of the Impaired Professional Program, Jewish Family Services as a clinical psychologist and addiction specialist, Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Behavioral Health Services as a psychologist, specializing in the treatment of addictions and co-occurring disorders as well the Aurora University of Wisconsin Internal Medicine clinic where he consulted and trained in the Ob-Gyn residency program, the Family Practice clinic and the Geriatric clinic.  Near the end of his career Edward found a growing interest in the treatment of problem gambling.