The first meeting of the complete task force Will Be Feb. 10th 2018 at 9am to 3pm Saturday. The location will be hosted by Paul Tucker at Turning Point Recovery.    (Thank you Paul) Location: Turning Point Recovery Center 9201 Montgomery Blvd NE Albuquerque        Contact:
Counseling and Therapy Practice: Members and Meetings
Board Members:

Stewart Sroufe, Board Chair, LADAC Professional Member  
Vergal "Chuck" Dawson, Vice-Chair, LMFT Professional Member
Sondra K. Allen LPCC, Professional Member
Deborah Schroder LPAT Professional Member
William Spies, LPCC Professional Member
Evangeline Felter, Public Member

Lori Chavez, Legal Counsel

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Hopefully one of the first goals of the Opioid Task Force will be to:

Put 100 or more Certified “Opioid Assessment and Treatment” individuals from the Educational Counseling,
Professional Art Counseling, Marriage Family Counseling, Professional Clinical Counseling, Drug Abuse Counseling, Massage Therapist and other specialist throughout the State of New Mexico.
Certifying screening and intake instruments for suspected “At Risk Individuals”
Designing CEU classes for certification of Specialists.
Designing Core Curriculum at the BA and MA levels.
Changes in Licensing Rules requiring OAT (Opioid Assessment and Treatment) Core education in NM.
Establishing a Panel for the purpose of identifying and screening existing providers to be certified in the field.
Establish the Website for the OAT list of referrals and information on the resources

! Vergal C. "Chuck" Dawson, MA, LMFT # 0695 THE OPIOID CRISIS RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT BY CT&PB OF A “COMMISSION ON THE OPIOID PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY FOR NEW MEXICO COUNSELORS” Given that the President has identified and announced a Public Health Emergency because of opioid use and deaths by overdose the CT&B Board calls for the establishment of a special Committee of volunteers and persons of special expertise to evaluate and suggest refinement of the roles of Licensed Counselors in proactive response to this emergency for persons at risk in the State of New Mexico. The Task Force to be activated for 300 days from establishment and can be extended by the Board if desired. The Opioid Task Force will be co-chaired by Members, Stewart Sroufe and Vergal “Chuck” Dawson. Members would be drawn from the counseling, substance abuse health providers, veterans, public, medical, legal, educational and other communities for specialized input. Proposed by: Vergal C. “Chuck” Dawson, LMFT, Member November 17, 2017 Counselors are on the front line as persons at risk show up in families first. Counselors work to improve the quality of life for those who are suffering from acute or chronic pain manifested through emotional and/or physical distress. Counselors can treat pain without pills if trained and or experienced. The goals of the committee will include: 1. Recognition of the problems a. Interim goals and objectives for solutions 2. Educational tools to deal with persons at risk a. Development of CEU and Certification programs to prepare providing counselors with treatment modality and training (how we address pain and the tools) b. Actions for overcome delays by quickly allowing temporary appointments of specialists c. Identifying tools and talents needed 3. Consolidating specialized knowledge a. Web hub based referral sources for pain relief counseling and substance abuse in New Mexico 4. Support and Recourses available a. Federal, State, Municipal, Faith Based, Independent programs, Providers 5. Identifying inefficiencies in the system delaying pro-actions 6. Tools and knowledge for prevention of (Opioid) addiction progression a. Identifying what feeds the problem and intervention b. Alternatives in pain management for providers (tools) c. Using the family to find persons at risk d. Alerting EAP’s for broader referrals to specialized providers. Continued; Page two: Notes: New Mexico State Epidemiologist Michael Landen said this week the database is being used more frequently and responsibly, with a notable decline in prescription practices for addictive opioid pain medications like hydrocodone or fentanyl that have been linked to a the national overdose epidemic.Jun 23, 2017 By Maya Holt & Kris Klarer / NM News Port New Mexico is in the grip of a statewide opioid epidemic. New Mexico drug overdose deaths involving opioids have nearly quadrupled since 1999, according to the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH). In the last five years, over 2400 people died from drug overdoses attributed to prescription painkillers like opioids that transfer to heroin use. According to, the number of overdose deaths involving opioid pain relievers or heroin in New Mexico has nearly doubled from 10 years ago. By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of drug overdose deaths increased to 497 in 2016 from 493 the previous year in New Mexico, a state that has led the western United States in drug fatalities as it wrestles with opioid and heroin addiction. The overdose death rate remained unchanged during 2016 at 24.8 deaths per 1,000 residents, considering slight statewide population growth, the state Department of Health announced Wednesday. The rate of unintentional fatal drug overdoses — those not linked to suicides — showed a slight increase. Nearly three in four overdose deaths statewide involved opioids of some kind, including prescription pain medication and heroin. August 9, 2017 PNS SANTA FE, N.M. - The opioid addiction problems New Mexico has battled for years finally are getting some attention from the White House. President Trump was briefed on the issue Tuesday after a drug commission he appointed urgently recommended that he declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. Three years ago, New Mexico had the nation's second-highest death rate from opioid overdoses. David Morgan, Southwest public information officer for the state Health Department, said that number has improved, but New Mexico still ranks eighth in the nation. "We recognize that we are making progress here in New Mexico, but we also recognize that there is just so much more work to be done," he said. "We are still in the top 10 of having the highest overdose death rate for opioids in the country." For more: How to address pain and protect Patients for Counselors Scope of the Problem: Deaths by overdose, every 8 minutes, 180 deaths a day, over 30,000 a year Overdose deaths quadrupled over the last 20 years CDC says 66,000 deaths 2016 14 million have cancer, another 100 million suffer chronic pain. End of life is the beginning of excess opioid supply! Continued: Page three: Understanding the ladder the role of the Licensed Counselor in the “Ladder of Pain Management” 1. The first rung on the addiction ladder is in Middle School where dealing with emotional pain from traumas, divorce, peer pressure etc. gateways into opioid use. Sales and supply begin with excess supply of a drug that creates its own demand for more use. Counselors: Looking in the family first will change the equation exponentially in the crisis ladder. School counselors trained for spotting risk can refer individuals to trained licensed counselors for intervention and treatment. Licensed counselors with the training can screen their practice for signs of persons at risk Recognize the problem: Test and screen for the problem Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). Armed with education and intervention training, tools resources and networks. 2. The second rung of the ladder using bottom up solutions is in the school and on street as risk increases. First Responders: Limit broken family trauma, having fire, police and EMT’s screen for persons at risk and a network of counselors for intervention. 3. The third rung of the ladder is the court system and those at risk. The trained counselor program with mandatory intervention, ongoing risk monitoring with counselors as a hub in providers network of support. Alternatives in pain management: Programs of non-pharmaceutical pain management tools/techniques for emotional and/or physical pain reduction or acceptance (massage, meditation, exercise, deflection etc.). Programs combining pharmaceutical and Non-pharma pain management. Continued: Page Four: 4. The fourth rung are recommendations of withdrawal coordinated with counseling both in and outpatient treatment. Restoring the family, community and/or peer support: Removing victim or drug addiction stigma. Working to resolve emotional or pain issues of distress. Restoring independent life alternatives through education and employment. 5. The fifth rung is top down from death and dying. Trained counselors, Faith based institutions using opioids where risk reward is determined medically rewarding for quality of end of pain/life. Less in use less often. for mail only for messages and fax only: Box 2480 Msg. (505) 898-9370 CORRALES NM 87048 Fax only: 898-9372 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The center of my practice is in Corrales, Rio Rancho river areas.
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