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Webinar: Raising the Children of Florida’s Opioid Epidemic: Solutions and Support for Grandfamilies
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Webinar: Raising the Children of Florida’s Opioid Epidemic: Solutions and Support for Grandfamilies

This webinar will explore the opioid epidemic’s impact on kinship care in Florida, discuss their unique challenges, and identify important supports and local resources.

When: 11/29/2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: United States
Presenter: Jaia Peterson Lent
Contact: Lee Ann Griffin
(850) 878-2196

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The fields of Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery are traditionally separated by distinct philosophies, funding mechanisms, and physical spaces. Efforts to build outcomes-driven, Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care in our communities are emboldened by the emergence and integration of Peer Recovery Support Services (PRSS), and by lessons drawn from recovery research. Join PRSS systems specialist Dean LeMire of the National Recovery Institute for an interactive webinar investigating the roles of clients, their peers, and recovery management strategies in improving treatment and recovery outcomes.

Who should attend?
This webinar is designed for clinicians, clinical supervisors, program managers, prevention agencies, community coalitions and executives in substance abuse and mental health agencies, Managing Entities and DCF program staff.

Presented by:
Jaia Peterson Lent is the Deputy Executive Director at Generations United where she has worked since 2000. Generations United’s mission is to improve the lives of children, youth and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies and programs. Lent provides direction for the National Center on Grandfamilies, a leading voice for issues affecting families headed by grandparents or other relatives. She is a trusted voice on Capitol Hill on issues related to grandfamilies and intergenerational cohesion, having testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and in several briefings. She is a sought-after speaker, nationally-recognized columnist and blogger and respected media resource. In 2017 Lent was named one of the Top 50 Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue. Under her leadership, legislation has passed to support grandfamilies in areas ranging from housing to family caregiving to child welfare. Lent holds an MSW from Syracuse University and is a licensed social worker.

Chris Mathews serves as a Kinship Outreach Coordinator for the Children’s Home Network in Pinellas County Florida. Chris provides information about the program through presentations and outreach to school social workers, counselor’s parents; churches; the Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Children & Families and local media. Chris and her partner raised her two grandchildren, Kenny and Katrina. Chris' daughter, who has bi-polar disorder, was unable to safely raise the children due her use of opioid and other drugs. Chris has raised her grandchildren to give back for much she has been given. Kenny is 21 and continues to live with Chris. Katrina is 26, married with 3 children and living in Texas.

Kenny Stoltman was raised by his grandmother, Chris Mathews. He graduated from high school, cum laude and aspires to be a police officer. He currently works at Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in Tampa, FL and is an inspirational speaker who has presented to large and small groups about the important role his grandmother plays in his life. 

Diane Roznowski is the Policy and Program Coordinator at Generations United. She received her BA from American University in Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government. During her time there, she completed various internships including ones at the Addiction Policy Forum and the United States Senate with the office of Senator Bob Casey.

In December 2016, Diane’s older sister Emily experienced a fatal overdose. Since then, their mother Joanne Clough has raised Emily’s daughter Carter. Both Diane and her mom have advocated for better policies related to substance use disorders and grandfamilies in their home state of Pennsylvania and in Washington, DC.

2 Continuing Education Units/Contact Hours are provided for this event
Florida Certification Board Approved Education Provider, #001-A
Florida Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #50-676
Florida Board of Nursing Provider #50-676