Annual Membership Meeting

Tackling Treatment for Substance Use Disorder

Join us for a special members-only meeting on this very important topic.

Discussion will include:

  • Preventing travel to sunny state treatment centers
  • Principles of care for substance use disorder
  • Quality ratings for treatment centers

….and more.

* Funded by HealthPass and AbbVie

Thursday, November 14, 2019

8:00 am

Breakfast and Networking

8:30 am

Welcome and Introductions

8:45 am

The Opioid Crisis Hits Home: My Son's Story


Mark Kaplan

Consultant and Advocate

What can one father’s experience with substance use disorder, treatment and relapse teach us? How can employers better help family members who are struggling? What kinds of work environments and social situations leave millennials, in particular, vulnerable?

A conversation with Mark Kaplan

9:10 am

Steering Clear of Treatment Centers in Sunny States: Help for Employers


Rob Kent

General Counsel
NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports

Out-of-network claims for treatment of questionable quality are a big problem. How can employers help employees and family members avoid travel to treatment facilities in sunny states?

9:35 am

Stronger than Addiction: What is Shatterproof?


Gary Mendell

Chairman and CEO

When will substance use disorder be treated like the chronic disease it is? How will we break the stigma, fix a broken treatment system and end the devastation? What’s the critical role employers need to play? Shatterproof has some answers.

9:50 am


10:05 am

Introducing ATLAS™: A Game-Changer for Finding High-Quality Treatment


Shantanu Agrawal, MD

President and CEO
National Quality Forum (NQF)

Rob Kent

General Counsel
NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports

Gary Mendell

Chairman and CEO


Michelle Martin

Sr. Vice President, Total Rewards

Why is quality so uneven when it comes to treatment for substance use disorder? Who defines quality and how it should be assessed? ATLAS is a new tool for locating high-quality treatment according to evidence-based standards of care. Hear why it’s a game-changer for employers, patients and the treatment community.

10:35 am

Health Plan Q&A


Debra Nussbaum, PhD, LCSW

Senior Director, Behavioral Health Product

David Wright, PsyD

Director, Sales and Account Management, BH & EAP Solutions
Anthem, Inc.

Barbara Ziv, MD

Medical Director, Northeast Region
Aetna Behavioral Health

Doug Nemecek, MD

Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health


Darcy Gruttadaro, JD

Director, Center for Workplace Mental Health
American Psychiatric Association Foundation

What actions are health plans taking to increase access to high-quality treatment and reduce out-of-network claims? What progress can they point to? What kinds of initiatives and innovations are in place that will support employees and their family members? Let’s ask the plans.

11:15 am

Where Do We Go From Here? Discussion and Call to Action

Nearly 9 out of 10 people who have substance use disorders started using before they turned 18. How will we protect children at their most vulnerable? When will we recognize “addiction” as a chronic disease? What do we do to end stigma in the workplace so people can come forward to connect with services and support? Let’s talk about what we can do right now!

12:00 pm