September 16, 2020

JUNE 15-17, 2022

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Advancing Peer Services in West Virginia

Welcome to the 2022 West Virginia Peer Recovery Support Services Conference!

Welcome to the 2022 Peer Recovery Support Services Conference - Advancing and Enhancing Peer Services in West Virginia. During this three-day virtual event, you’ll learn more about the role of peer recovery coaches. You will increase your intervention skills by practicing methods such as motivational interviewing and developing skills necessary to coach others. You will also hear more about ethical guidelines and boundaries for peer recovery coaches. This conference is designed for you. We challenge you to explore the complex issues associated with building and working in a peer recovery system. We encourage you to explore new partnerships and liaisons. We invite you to enjoy this time together with your peers. We are so glad you’re here.

WVPRSS 2022 Conference Tutorial:

Who Should Attend

  • Peers and Peer Supervisors
  • Health Care Providers
  • Law Enforcement
  • Educators, Counselors and Social Workers
  • Policymakers and Local Officials
  • Behavioral Health Providers
  • Preventionists
  • Community Coalitions
  • Community Members


Day 1 - June 15

June 15, 2022 08:30 am

Check in and Visit Exhibit Booths

June 15, 2022 08:45 am

WVPRSS Conference Opening Welcome

Dr. Matthew Christiansen
WV Office of Drug Control Policy

June 15, 2022 09:00 am

SESSION 1 - Recovery Planning

J.K. McAtee , PRSS
WVRecovers.Org a project of Hampshire County Pathways Inc

Participants will explore the role a PRSS plays in assisting individuals they are serving in setting the stage for development of a personal recovery plan. The session will also discuss the components of a recovery plan. Another learning opportunity is to hear about options and choices to build upon the experience with peers the PRSS serves.

June 15, 2022 09:45 am

Break and Visit Exhibit Booths

June 15, 2022 10:00 am

SESSION 2 - Motivational Interviewing

James Matney
DHHR/Bureau of Behavioral Health

This session will prepare those providing peer recovery services to utilize motivation interviewing strategies to promote motivational enhancement and reduce resistance to change.

June 15, 2022 11:15 am

Break and Visit Exhibit Booths

June 15, 2022 11:30 am

SESSION 3 - Peers in the Criminal Justice System

Heather Bergdall, PRSS
Potomac Highlands Guild

Eric J. Vacovsky, PRSS
Potomac Highlands Guild

PRSS services in WV Jails, goals of the DOCR program, barriers we need to overcome to make the program work, current overdose crisis in jails, Narcan distribution to inmates upon release and re-entry.

June 15, 2022 12:00 pm

Lunch Break and Visit Exhibit Booths

June 15, 2022 12:30 pm

SESSION 4 - The 3rd Leg of the Stool: Supporting Optimal Recovery through Neurotransmitter Repair Using Food & Supplements

Christina Veselak, MS, CN, LMFT
Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition

This presentation provides an overview of the role of depleted neurotransmitters in the addictive process, and presents practical nutritional strategies to support neurotransmitter repair and optimal functioning. It reviews the role of each of four mood-mediating neurotransmitter systems in the brain, identifies deficiency symptoms, and which substances are frequently craved as a result of these deficiencies. Participants will be able to immediately put this information to use in their lives and work.

June 15, 2022 01:30 pm

Break and Visit Exhibit Booths

June 15, 2022 01:45 pm

SESSION 5 - Scaling Reverse the Cycle across West Virginia

Marla Oros
Mosaic Group

This session will describe the progress of the implementation of the Reverse the Cycle, comprehensive substance use response program across the state. Through a partnership between the West Virginia Office of Drug Control Policy, the Bureau of Behavioral Health, Marshall University, WVU School of Health Affairs and Mosaic Group, the Reverse the Cycle program has been successfully implemented in 20 hospitals, with peer recovery specialists a key and essential component of the program. This session will describe the model, role of the peer recovery specialists, outcomes and lessons learned. The session will also present future directions.

June 15, 2022 02:45 pm

Networking and Visit Exhibit Booths

June 15, 2022 03:00 pm

SESSION 6 - WV Peer Recovery Training Hub

Amy Saunders
Marshall University Research Corporation

Carrie Cunningham
Marshall University Research Corporation

This session will share information about the new WV Peer Recovery Training Hub, which is a collaboration between WV Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health and Marshall University.  The training hub seeks to be a resource to Peer Recovery Coaches and Peer Recovery Support Specialists in the state by providing: 

  • A training calendar and information regarding online workforce events, and teleconferences relevant to the peer workforce;  
  • Training Materials and access to workshops and trainings to qualified training providers;
  • Meetings and technical assistance to connect Peers to one another;
  • Peer recovery support specialist job announcements;
  • Resources relevant to the ongoing development of the peer workforce; and
  • Support to individuals working on Peer Credentialing

Day 2 - June 16

June 16, 2022 08:30 am

Check in and Visit Exhibit Booths

June 16, 2022 08:45 am

WVPRSS Conference Day 2 Welcome

David Sanders AAS, PR
DHHR Bureau for Behavioral Health

June 16, 2022 09:00 am

SESSION 7 - Providing Peer Recovery Services to Older Adults

James Matney
DHHR/Bureau of Behavioral Health

This session will provide approaches for providing relevant peer recovery services specific to older adults, focusing on areas of primary concern such as dealing with the transitions in work, and personal life and the consequences of substance use on physical and mental health.

June 16, 2022 10:15 am

Break and Visit Exhibit Booths

June 16, 2022 10:30 am

SESSION 8 - Preventing Substance Use The Do's and Don'ts of Prevention

Tahnee Bryant
DHHR Bureau for Behavioral Health

Substance use prevention is a process, not a one-time event. Effective strategies must be age and developmentally appropriate as well as evidence-based. “Silver bullet” or “one-size fits all” approaches usually do not work, as prevention requires a coordinated, data-driven, and comprehensive effort. The Prevention Guide helps identify what works for substance use prevention and what does not work.

June 16, 2022 11:15 am

Break and Visit Exhibit Booths

June 16, 2022 11:30 am

SESSION 9 - Emotion Escalation Intervention

Diana Ketterman
Mastering Mental Health

Navigating emotion can easily become one of the most challenging aspects of managing issues and crises. Why? Because emotion clouds judgment and cannot be overcome with pure logic.

Meanwhile, attempting to respond to and overcome emotion with rationale is an unfortunate mistake we often see others make in response to issues, crises, and controversies.

This session will present the listener with a guide for assessing the root of the emotion and empowerment to overcome negativity in order to aid in managing one’s mental well-being.

June 16, 2022 12:00 pm

Lunch Break and Visit Exhibit Booths

June 16, 2022 12:30 pm

SESSION 10 - Meeting Medical Necessity for PRSS Services

Jaime Cantley, MHA, ADC-S, NCAII, CCM
Aetna Better Health of WV

Do you or your agency struggle with properly documenting the valuable services provided by peer recovery support specialists (PRSS)? Do you have questions about meeting medical necessity in order to bill Medicaid for PRSS services? If so, this session will walk you through the history, the rational, and the process behind meeting medical necessity with Medicaid. Tools for measuring outcomes and examples of progress notes will be discussed in this session as well as the role of the PRSS and the supervision necessary.

This session has two intended audiences for these discussions: individuals who are in a position of responsibility to plan, implement, and supervise peer-based recovery support
services and individuals who are working in either paid or volunteer roles as a PRSS.

June 16, 2022 01:30 pm

Break and Visit Exhibit Booths

June 16, 2022 01:45 pm

SESSION 11 - Southern Rural Opioid Planning Consortium QRT Success Stories

Kobie Coburn
Marshall University Research Corporation

John Kangas
Logan QRT

The Southern Consortium has come together to work as a team to reduce overdoses, overdose deaths and to offer help and hope to those persons in addiction. Here are some of the best practices they have utilized to reach that goal and to lower the number of overdose deaths in Southern West Virginia.

June 16, 2022 02:45 pm

Networking and Visit Exhibit Booths

June 16, 2022 03:00 pm

SESSION 12 - Naloxone Train the Trainer

Lindsay Acree, PharmD, AE-C
University of Charleston School of Pharmacy

The Naloxone Train the Trainer Course will provide naloxone administration training as well as required documentation associated with the distribution of naloxone. Those completing this training will be trained to train others in the administration of naloxone and have the necessary tools to provide naloxone distribution through a participating organization.

Day 3 - June 17

June 17, 2022 08:30 am

Check in and Visit Exhibit Booths

June 17, 2022 08:45 am

WVPRSS Conference Day 3 Welcome and SESSION 13 - Certification Requirements and Test Preparation

James Matney
DHHR/Bureau of Behavioral Health

Ronni Rittenhouse Ph.D., LCSW, AADC

Keith King, Lis Psy
DHHR Bureau for Medical Services

Susie Mullens, MS, LPC, Licensed Psychologist, AADC-S
West Virginia Collegiate Recovery Network

June 17, 2022 10:00 am

Break and Visit Exhibit Booths

June 17, 2022 10:15 am

SESSION 14 - How Gambling Addiction Poses a Special Risk to Those in Recovery

Sheila Moran
The Problem Gambling Help Network of West Virginia

At least one in fifty West Virginians is experiencing a gambling problem. Those in recovery from other addictions are at increased risk for this disorder. Learn about the signs, symptoms, and risk factors for problem gambling, and what you can do to keep yourself safe.

June 17, 2022 11:15 am

Break and Visit Exhibit Booths

June 17, 2022 11:30 am

SESSION 15 - Recruiting and Retention - Workforce Development of Peers

Ann Hammond
First Choice Services

Meghan Trivison, PHR
First Choice Services

We will be discussing pre- and post- hiring tips for those working the PRSS community.

June 17, 2022 12:00 pm

Lunch Break and Visit Exhibit Booths

June 17, 2022 12:30 pm

SESSION 16 - How Can Legal Aid Help? Civil Legal Services for Persons in Recovery

Marie Bechtel, Esq.
Legal Aid of West Virginia

Brendan Wood
Legal Aid of West Virginia

Legal Aid lawyers Brendan Wood and Marie Bechtel will provide an overview of Legal Aid and the services offered by its staff, as well as how to apply and who qualifies for their services. Brendan and Marie both serve clients in recovery, and welcome questions from conference attendees.

June 17, 2022 01:30 pm

Break and Visit Exhibit Booths

June 17, 2022 01:45 pm

SESSION 17 - Deployment of Targeted Outreach Interventions Utilizing a Novel Overdose Predictive Model in Berkeley County

Raj Masih MPH, FRSPH
Potomac Highlands Guild

Stephanie Stout BA, NCPRSS
Potomac Highlands Guild

Participants will understand the objectives of the ODCP action county regional coordinators program. Participants will understand how a novel predictive evidence model was created in Berkeley county. Participants will understand how targeted outreach interventions are deployed in Berkeley county and foreign buyer model and data analysis.

June 17, 2022 02:45 pm

Networking and Visit Exhibit Booths

June 17, 2022 03:00 pm

SESSION 18 - Renewal of the 1115 Waiver through the Bureau for Medical Services

Keith King, Lis Psy
DHHR Bureau for Medical Services

Information on the upcoming renewal of the 1115 Waiver through the Bureau for Medical Services.


Frequently Asked Questions

The 2022 West Virginia Peer Recovery Support Services Conference is an online interactive event where participants can network with others, engage with exhibitors, download resources, view presentations in the auditorium, and ask questions through chat or video conference.
THIS EVENT IS FREE. There is no charge to attend.
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
YES. Prior to the event, you will need to register and provide an email address and create a password in order to login and attend the summit.
NO. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in the summit. You only need to have internet access.
NO. Some exhibitors may request a video chat, but it is not required in order to participate.
Your login information is the email address and password you provided during registration.
YES. Like any physical event, we will have a swag bag for you! You can add documents provided by each exhibitor to your online swag bag and then email them to yourself or share items with friends and family by simply entering their email.
Absolutely. We are counting on you to invite others! Help us spread the word. You can simply share the link to this page and they can register at their convenience.
Email for questions prior to the event. During the event, there is a Help Desk that you can visit to ask any questions.
This platform will be available on-demand for three months after the event is over.
A certificate of attendance will be provided.