West Virginia

Department of
Health & Human Resources

Workshop to be held on Substance Use Detoxification


The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) will host a workshop on substance use detoxification for crisis stabilization and residential treatment providers who provide detoxification services.


The workshop, Detox and Withdrawal Management Workshop: Clinical Pathways and Practical Applications, will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Louis Baxter, Past President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and a nationally recognized addiction medicine expert. Dr. Baxter currently serves as the Executive Medical Director of the New Jersey Physicians’ Professional Assistance Health Program. He was honored in June 2019 by the Office of National Drug Control Policy as an “Innovator in Addiction Medicine.” 


The event will also feature presentations by providers from Pennsylvania discussing their real-life experiences and innovations related to detox and withdrawal management. Jeff Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer for White Deer Run Allenwood, and he will be joined by Kami Anderson, Executive Director for the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission, and Vincent Mercuri, Executive Director of The Open Door, to talk about their day-to-day work.


Also presenting are Bob Hansen, Director of DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy and Christina Mullins, Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Behavioral Health.


“DHHR has identified an immediate need to increase the capacity of West Virginia’s behavioral health workforce,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary. “We are committed to supporting the treatment and recovery of individuals with substance use disorder and welcome both the opportunity to host these experts recognized nationally in their field, and for our busy providers to engage them in dialogue here in West Virginia.” 


The event is at full capacity for in-person attendance but will be accessible via Zoom. For more information, visit https://dhhr.wv.gov/bhhf/jobsworkforcetraining/Pages/Other-Information.aspx


Contact Information

Media contact: DHHRCommunications@wv.gov or (304) 558-7899