Building a Bridge
Training for substance use disorder identification and
treatment through different professional perspectives.

August 17, 2017

Register for the event here

There is no charge for this event.
Breakfast and Lunch provided.

First Presbyterian Church
746 S. Saginaw Street, Flint, MI 48502

Drug and alcohol addiction is a growing problem in Southeast Michigan, with roughly 10% of persons aged 12 or older having a substance use and co-occurring disorder.

The inaugural Building a Bridge training event is a collaboration between policymakers, professionals and the individuals we serve to create awareness of unique cultural dynamics within urban, suburban and rural communities. Key stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide valuable information on working with individuals in their specific areas.

This training will help bridge the gaps between individuals who are working with people suffering from substance use and related behavioral health disorders. It is designed to help professionals become more relatable to serving the disease and not the symptoms.

Join policymakers, community leaders, legal experts, educational and medical professionals as we learn to identify the disease of substance use and co-occurring disorders, discuss the effects of different cultural influences, and learn best practices for policies and treatment.

Professionals attending are eligible for 6.0 Continuing Education Units

Speakers will present
subject matter expertise on:

• Medical Professionals Awareness
• Prevention & Education Efforts
• Treatment Standards
• Legal Perspectives
• Public Policy



Registration Opens

8:00a – 8:45a

Breakfast & Registration Continuation



Judges Perspective SpeakerHonorable Judge Hala Jarbou, Oakland County Circuit Court


Adult Treatment Court Perspective SpeakerHonorable Judge Mark Latchana, 67th District Court


Region Perspective SpeakerJim Johnson, Region 10 PIHP CEO


Refreshment Break


Physician and Medical Perspective SpeakerDr. Diane Morris, Physician, Meridian Health Services


Candice Dunn Award Presentation

12:05p – 1:05p



Prevention and Educational Perspective SpeakerEd Koledo, Superintendent, Linden Schools


Peer Perspective SpeakerTaylor DeAngelis, Saving Grace Women’s Marketing Director

1:45p – 2:00p



Police Perspective SpeakerJerry Clayton, Washentaw County Sheriff

Final Comments

Opening Remarks
Lt. Governor Brian Calley
State of Michigan

Lt. Governor Brian Calley is a forward-looking
leader intent on building the best Michigan for

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Keynote Speaker
Sheriff Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County Sheriff

Jerry L. Clayton is a 29-year criminal justice professional, currently serving his third term as the Sheriff of Washtenaw County.

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Honorary Speakers
Richard W. Paige
CEO - Meridian Health Services

Rick Paige is CEO of Meridian Health Services and Community Programs, Inc., both comprehensive addiction treatment programs in Oakland 

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Diane Morris, M.D.
Physician, Meridian Health Services

Dr. Diane Morris is an internist and addiction medicine specialist, and serves as medical director for Meridian Health Services and Community Programs Inc.

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Ed Koledo
Superintendent - Linden Schools

Ed Koledo is superintendent of Linden County Schools. Prior to this he served as a high school mathematics teacher, middle school assistant principal and elementary principal in the district.

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Honorable Judge Hala Jarbou
Oakland County Circuit Court

The Honorable Hala Jarbou serves as Oakland County Circuit Court Judge, in the Civil/Criminal Division. Previously she was an Assistant United States Attorney with the U.S. Dept of Justice.

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Honorable Judge Mark Latchana
67th District Court

The Honorable Judge Mark Latchana is a judge of the 67th District Court in Genesee County.

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Jim Johnson
CEO - Region 10 PIHP

Jim Johnson is CEO of the Region 10 Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan, covering Genesee, St Clair, Sanilac and Lapeer Counties.

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Taylor DeAngelis
Marketing Director - Saving Grace

Taylor DeAngelis is marketing director for Project Hope in Houston, Texas.

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The Candice Dunn Hero Award

Candice was a teacher, probation officer, great friend, mentor, and advocate for people who are suffering from substance use disorders. This award will be presented to a teacher, police officer, counselor, or peer support person.

This award honors Candice Dunn, the probation officer killed in a tragic car accident on May 9, 2017, just hours after being presented the Michigan Department of Corrections’ Parole/ Probation Agent of the Year award.

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