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Webinar: Alternatives to Administrative Discharge: It’s Time to Stop Kicking People Out of Treatment
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Webinar: Alternatives to Administrative Discharge: It’s Time to Stop Kicking People Out of Treatment

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: United States
Presenter: Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC
Contact: Diane Perez
(850) 878-2196

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Our nation is in the grips of an ever-increasing overdose epidemic, and yet people living with substance use disorders continue to be administratively discharged from medically necessary and potentially life-saving treatment services. In 2016, over 98,000 individuals were administratively discharged from publicly-funded treatment services nationwide. In Florida, more people were administratively discharged than transferred to other providers for continuing care in 2016[1], and the number of individuals terminated from treatment against their will increased by over 140% between 2015 and 2016[2]. This escalating trend points to the need for our systems of care to examine what is driving these increases and develop practices that help us to more effectively care for people living with substance use disorders. Ultimately, we must grapple with the ethical questions of what it means to terminate someone from treatment, many times due to the very symptoms that qualifies them for services, and ask ourselves, if we won’t serve them, who will?


  • Recognize system-level concerns and clinical practices that lead to increased administrative discharges.
  • Identify clinical and ethical problems that are raised by the practice of administrative discharge.  
  • Review promising policies and practices for decreasing administrative discharges.
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:

Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC, is the Director of Policy and Practice for Domestic Violence and Substance Use at the National Center for Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, as well as Adjunct Faculty at The University of Chicago. Gabriela brings 15 years of experience working with people living with HIV/AIDS, impacted by housing instability, substance use disorders, and mental health conditions, as well as survivors of domestic violence and other trauma; providing direct services, training, advocacy, and consultation; and leading programs using a trauma-informed approach, Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, Gender Responsive Care, Housing First, and third wave behavioral interventions. Gabriela has provided technical assistance through SAMHSA and other national leaders in best practices. Gabriela has been recognized with numerous awards, including Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s 2018 Health Award, and the Illinois Association of Addiction Professionals chapter of NADAAC’s 2017 Rising Star Award.  Gabriela has provided training and technical assistance related to serving marginalized communities impacted by trauma and other social determinants of health, locally, nationally, and internationally.

2 Continuing Education Units/Contact Hours are provided for this event
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