Jewish Family Services  
2019 Hirsh Larkey Mental Health Conference:
A Spotlight on Opioid Addiction  

May 7, 2019 - Alverno College - Sister Joel Read Center
Buyrus 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: Aftenoon 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 

Register Now!                         RSVP by April 29, 2019

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. 



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.”  





Biological and Contextual Etiology of Opioid Addiction:
Impact and Intervention

Edward M. Rubin, Psy.D.

Edward holds a Doctor of Psychology degree from the Wisconsin School of Professional 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.