Wednesday, October 27th 2021

11:15 AM

presented by MAO Behavioral Health & Medical Advocacy and Outreach


Thursday, October 27, 2021

11:15 AM – 2 PM



(includes audio/video learning experience, course materials and Certificate of Completion)


Partial credit will not be offered. Additional instructions associated with confirmation of credit may be provided at the time of training.

Refund Policy: This training is offered at no expense to participants. For fee-based programs, registration fees are nonrefundable. MAO does retain the right to consider each situation on a case by case basis entirely.

Internet, Computer &/or Smart Phone Required. Instructions provided via email prior to training.

Training Objectives:

  • Describe a multi-layered strategy for implementing prescription drug take back programs in health care and social service settings
  • Discuss recent trends and updates in psychopharmacology and its impact on the national opioid crisis
  • Provide a community agency and peer based perspective on substance abuse prevention

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Agenda (Subject to change.)

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Welcome Remarks. Review of Training Expectations and Continuing Education Requirements

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Take Back, Educate and Inundate in Ryan White Care Settings

Presenter: Elana Merriweather, Ed.S., LPC, AADC, Director of Behavioral Health, Medical Advocacy and Outreach

Topic Objectives:

  • Explain an innovative approach to prescription drug disposal in Ryan White medical care settings
  • Discuss the benefits of a multilayered response strategy to address the state opioid crisis in human service agencies

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Perspectives on Psychopharmacology

Presenter: Dr. Will Rutland, MD, JD, MPH, Addiction Psychiatry Fellow Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Topic Objectives:

  • List commonly used psychotropic medications for patients with comorbid health conditions
  • Discuss prescribing trends for patients with mental health disorders during a dual pandemic
  • Discuss the benefits of the PDMP program for physicians and health care providers

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Prescription Medications: A Community Perspective on Preventing Misuse and Abuse

Presenter: Yvette Hester, M.Ed., Director of Recovery Support Services, NCADD Council On Substance Abuse (COSA)

Topic Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of substance abuse prevention initiatives offered by the Council on Substance Abuse
  • Explain how peer support and recovery services are used to address prescription misuse and abuse
  • List community resources that are available to assist people with opioid and other substance use disorders

Registration Assistance:

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Contact Hours/Credit Statement (s): (As of 10/04/21)

Counselors: Medical Advocacy & Outreach (MAO) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6882. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. MAO is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This activity has been approved for up to 2.5 contact hour for counselors.

Social Workers: Medical Advocacy and Outreach (MAO) has been approved by the Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners as a provider of Continuing Education for social workers, Provider No. 0134. Exp. 3/31/2023. This activity has been approved for up to 2.5 contact hours (clinical) for social workers.

Nurses: Medical Advocacy & Outreach is an approved continuing education provider of the Alabama Board of Nursing, ABNP 1554, exp. 10/24/2024.This activity has been approved for up to 2.5 contact hour for nurses.

Conflict of interest:

There is no conflict of interest for anyone in a position to control content for this activity.

Joint Providers:

This activity is provided independently by MAO.

Instructions for Claiming Continuing Education Credit:

To receive credit, learners must complete the requirements listed here.

  • Use your full name and email address when logging in to view the webinar. The name you enter in the GoToWebcast system is the name that will print on your Contact Hours certificate.
  • When prompted, provide your discipline, state, and license number, if applicable. Failure to provide complete and accurate information will delay issuance of CE credit.
  • Remain logged in for the full duration of the webcast. Partial credit or individual session credit will not be offered.
  • Learners who join more than ten minutes late or log out more than ten minutes early will not be eligible to claim CE credit.

Following the presentation, a continuing education contact hours certificate will be emailed to all attendees who successfully complete the requirements for earning credit. Certificate emails are automated and will come from Please add this email address to your contacts to ensure that you receive your certificate.

For questions regarding Continuing Education, please email