Care Management Conference
The Desmond Hotel
May 18-May 20th
Addiction conference at Conifer Park
May 25th, 2016
This was my second Care Management Conference. Several of us, a total of 17 from our office went down to Albany on a Wednesday evening for an education on the trends and changes happening with NY state care management. I have to admit, I learned much more last year. Perhaps because I have been doing this position for longer then I had been last year, perhaps it is because NY state moves at about a year behind in change, and there was not much new news to be heard. At any rate, it was still an interesting three days and I got to enjoy the event with some wonderful co-workers.
That Thursday morning we had a nice breakfast before the event began,
The morning session included a guest speaker. This amazing women who presented shared her life story and spoke about her life. Tonier Cain spoke about her journey, her formative years in and out of foster care and relatives houses, her drug addiction, prostitution, incarcerations, rapes and having her own children removed from her care. Her turning point was when she was given care for her trauma. She reported multiple years sober, a successful business and speaker, wealth and happiness as well as raising her own youngest child who is unaware of the experience she had as a child. She emphasized breaking the cycle and never giving up on those people we serve. It was a tear jerking inspiration. Above is a clip I took from youtube.
The rest of the morning included a lot of discussion around business changes; Medicaid dollars, DISRIP, and stuff that is not all that interesting. I attended a session on Coordination with Medical which was helpful, but something I ready do anyways. We all anticipated LUNCH. Last years meal was yummy....
Cocktail Hour made up for the sad lunch. I got myself some fun tropical number and some snacks
To being our learning; a women shared her personal story of her son's battle and loss over his heroin addiction. So so sad. This and other drugs are killing so many. We were told an estimate 136 people die to overdose a day in the United States. Its an absolute tragedy, The speaker even brings her son with her in a Tupperware container. I thought this was odd, but she is making her message known.
Another women shared her own personal experience beginning with pain medications which eventually lead to heroin use. She is in recovery now and letting people know it can happen, you can have a life free of the chains binding one to their substance.
Along with the personal stories we did get some education, but the stories were what stood out the most. Thinking I must get trained on the Narcan so if my own clients are in need I can help,
WOW!!! Lots of conference these last few weeks. Now on to some FUN!!!