KEYNOTE ADDRESS

“Building a Recovery Oriented System of Care in Illinois”

DHS-DASA began introducing recovery oriented values, principles and services into its system upon implementation of the federally funded Access to Recovery (ATR) program.  Progress has been made in reorienting the system from focusing solely on the traditional acute care approach to a chronic care approach. Shifting to this requires the entire system (prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery management) to embrace a recovery oriented approach. This keynote will explore the State’s progress from ATR to the current system, and present DASA’s plan to expand the continuum of care and ensure an appropriate mix of substance use disorder services and recovery supports for youth, adults and families is available and accessible throughout the State.

Attendance at Keynote Required to Meet Full Day CEU Requirement. Sign-in Sheets Will Be Circulated and Audited.

Rex Alexander
Rex Alexander
Jessica Hayes
Jessica Hayes
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“Building a Recovery Oriented System of Care in Illinois”

Rex E. Alexander is the Project Director for the State of Illinois’ Department of Human Services DASA Access to Recovery Program.  Access to Recovery is part of a Presidential initiative to provide client choice among substance abuse clinical treatment and recovery support service providers, as well as to expand access to a comprehensive array of clinical treatment and recovery support options, including faith-based programmatic options. Illinois, under the direction of Mr. Alexander, has been awarded the grant four consecutive times, 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2014 with funds totaling over sixty million dollars to serve the needy clients.  In 2002, Mr. Alexander received the prestigious James P. Lyle African American Male Image Award for his work in the community in training young males to be men. He is also a recipient of the Augustus Tolton Award, the highest recognition to a Black Catholic for exemplary service to the church and the Black community. Having taught at Montay College, Kennedy-King College, he brings academic credibility to his workshops. Mr. Alexander has a Master’s Degree in Psychology.  He is the former director of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, and former Treatment Center Coordinator for the Adolescent Treatment Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is author of several manuscripts geared toward helping people help themselves. He has appeared on both television and radio addressing behavioral health and recovery. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Certification Board.

Jessica Hayes is the Executive Director of the Illinois Certification Board.  On April 16, 2018 she will celebrate her 20th year with the Association. Not only a strong advocate for the credentialed professional as the Director of ICB, Ms Hayes also represents the ICB membership at the International level by sitting on the Executive Committee of the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium and at the State level as the Vice-Chair of the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health.
 

Michael Anguiano is the Executive Director and Vice President of EDDR Corporation.  He has worked in various trades over his lifetime as a tool and die maker for General Electric and was also part owner in a construction company.  He currently uses his work experience to prepare program participants for employment. He has a heart for those in recovery and has worked in the field for the past 10 years with a very high success rate.  He is active in his community assisting many church’s by using their facilities as training sites for hand-on activities with program participants. He does pro-bono work at the Cook County Jail where he facilitates recovery groups and employment training classes.

Dani Kirby is the Director of the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse at the Illinois Department of Human Services. She is responsible for discretionary federal projects in Illinois and is also responsible for the Illinois Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant. She previously managed the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Project, which expanded SBIRT services within Illinois federally qualified health centers and other settings, and promoted a dialogue to integrate substance use disorder services with primary care, and the Illinois State Adolescent coordination (IL-SAC) initiative, which improved the infrastructure for adolescent substance use disorder treatment. In her current role, Ms. Kirby and her team are focused on solutions for the opioid epidemic, promoting a recovery oriented system of care in Illinois, enhancing specialized treatment services for women, youth, and homeless individuals and generally improving access to care. She has worked in the substance use disorder field for the past twenty years as a researcher and a project manager. Ms. Kirby holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and a Master of Education from Northwestern University, and is a certified Project Management Professional.