The Delray Beach Drug Task Force would like to give great thanks to all our sponsors this year! The vision of SUD Talks continues to grow, as does the ever growing need in communities all across America as we face a humanitarian crisis. Thank you for continuing to believe that change can, will and is happening. Thank you for having hope in an environment where so many speak of feeling hopeless and thank you for recognizing our shared responsibility in restoring lives, families and communities. There is no better time to Stand Together as One.

Visionary & Thought leader Sponsor

Origins Behavioral HealthCare

Q: As leaders of your organization, what is your “Call to Action?”

At Origins Behavioral HealthCare, we are dedicated to leading the industry in clinical and operational best practices. We believe in partnering with professional associations who also place a high value on quality care and access to care. We are also dedicated to providing cutting-edge treatment that is driven by outcomes. We believe that outcomes data, when continually collected and analyzed, can be leveraged to improve care for patients and their families.

On a national level, there is a concern about the effectiveness of addiction treatment because programs do not actually know what happens to patients following treatment. To the extent the programs have data, it is historical and not dynamic.

Our goal, as an industry, should be to provide cutting-edge, evidence-based treatment practices which synthesizes outcomes data with the best clinical practices.

Q: Give a statement about how your organization works to be a catalyst of change?

At Origins Behavioral HealthCare, improving outcomes by providing individualized evidence-based treatment has been a long-standing practice that has both informed care and helped to evolve its treatment system. By combining outcomes data with real time clinical data utilizing standardized psychometric instruments, some developed by Origins own clinical team, patients receive a high level of care and more often complete a full course of treatment. This leading-edge design informs an innovative system that progressively improves the quality of care.

Q: What solutions do you propose for communities and the industry as a whole to recognize that we all share a responsibility in building a healthy community?

By staying closely involved on a state and national level, Origins Behavioral HealthCare will collaborate with other community partners to help educate decision makers, political leaders, and corporate influencers on what evidence-based, successful treatment looks like. When professional care is informed and data driven throughout all aspects of the recovery process, long-term health flourishes -- for individuals, families and communities. Resources must be continually assessed through due diligence by utilizing a complex set of checks and balances that are updated and enhanced to ensure best-practice standards are maintained at all times.

 Q: How can we build communities that realize that we are in a health crisis that leaves no one immune?

Collecting and sharing real-time, statistical information within our local communities helps maintain a level of transparency among law enforcement, educational and behavioral health agency personnel. This dedication to cooperation is critical to assessing the direct impact on individuals and their family members as well as their neighbors and co-workers. Educating and training qualified, caring professionals to be first responders in crisis situations is of the highest importance since these individuals are the gatekeepers of the recovery process. 

Idea Sponsor

Access REcovery Solutions

Q: As leaders of your organization, what is your “Call to Action?”

Rampant opioid addiction is sweeping our nation like a hurricane — leaving overdose deaths and heartbroken families in its wake. And Florida has not been spared. There were 447 Heroin related fatalities throughout the state in 2014, The statistics are even worse in South Florida, according to the annual Florida Department of Law Enforcement report. Heroin deaths jumped 100 percent in Miami-Dade, almost 210 percent in Broward and 425 percent in Palm Beach counties in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period from the previous year.

Opioid overdoses claim the lives of mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers all gone too soon — affecting thousands of families and friends.

Access Recovery Solutions call to action on both a local and a national front is multi-faceted starting with the goal of informing any and all on the dangers of opioid addiction then we must work with our local and national leaders to review: PRESCRIBING PRACTICES: We must change prescribing practices through mandatory training and increased use of alternative pain management methods.

We will also assist our local and national leaders in EXPANDING TREATMENT: We must expand access to quality substance abuse programs and behavioral health services that treat opioid addiction.

We will assist our local and national leaders with EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE: We must first educate our first responders on Opioid addiction and overdose protocols and then further educate them on treatment referrals in our areas. And then strengthen emergency response and coordination in crisis situations through expanded access to affordable Naloxone.

Q: Give a statement about how your organization works to be a catalyst of change?

We create social change by building awareness and understanding and providing the highest quality of addiction treatment for those afflicted with the disease of addiction.

Access Recovery Solutions whose treatment modality specializes in the treatment of opioid addiction works with the local community including first responders, government officials and local task forces to provide education and assistance on the opioid epidemic and the treatment of opioids. 

Q: As an Agent of Change, can you address your ideas on building integrated communities?

As an agent of change, Access Recovery Solutions is committed to being a part of the community where it provides its services and has developed its Community Relations Plan to assist with this. Our goal is to integrate itself within the community to offer assistance with the education regarding opioid addiction, the interventions needed to address the opioid addict and to help refer any of those afflicted with addiction the resources to enter detoxification and treatment with the highest quality of addiction treatment providers in the area.

Access Recovery Solutions will integrate within the community and educate the community to accept, for better or worse, that licit and illicit drug use is part of our world therefore steps must be taken to minimize its harmful effects rather than simply ignore or condemn them.

  • Understand drug use as a complex, multi-faceted phenomenon that encompasses a continuum of behaviors from severe abuse to total abstinence.
  • Establish quality of individual and community life and well-being, not necessarily cessation of all drug use, as the criteria for successful intervention and policies.
  • Call for the non-judgmental, non-coercive provision of services and resources to people who use drugs and the communities in which they live in order to assist them in reducing harm.
  • Ensure that individuals that use drugs, and those with a history of drug use, routinely have a real voice in the creation of programs and policies designed to serve them.
  • Recognize that the realities of poverty, class, racism, social isolation, past trauma, sexbased discrimination and other social inequalities affect both people’s vulnerability to and capacity for effectively dealing with drug-related harm.
  • Do not attempt to minimize or ignore the real and tragic harm and danger associated with licit and illicit drug use.

Thinker and Doer Sponsors


Q: As leaders of your organization, what is your “Call to Action?”

At Caron, our core purpose is to ease the pain of individuals and families by restoring health, hope, spirituality, and relationships. I believe that this best illustrates our “Call to Action” as it encapsulates the multi-systemic process of recovery and how creating change in one part of a system can lead to change in the system as a whole.

On a national scale we seek to achieve two main purposes: For our patients, it is to transform lives impacted by addiction and substance abuse through proven, comprehensive, and personalized behavioral healthcare solutions. For our communities, our call to action is to provide stewardship and thought leadership to the field of addiction treatment through prevention, education, and advocacy, with the primary goal to reduce the stigma for people recovering from addictive disorders and lower barriers to quality care.

Q: Give a statement about how your organization works to be a catalyst of change?

At Caron, we draw upon our 60-year legacy in the field as our experience. On the micro level, we employ evidenced based practices to act as the agent of change for our patients and their families so that they can achieve lifelong sobriety by internalizing lasting and effective tools to navigate their lives without a return to self-destructive behaviors. Most importantly this is accomplished in an environment that is non-enabling and with a belief in the individual’s ability to achieve positive personal change and healthy interdependent relationships.  

On the macro level, Caron seeks to be a thought leader in the field of addiction and behavioral healthcare by having a foundation in both the research of addictive disorders, as well as advocacy to help our industry’s policies and practices evolve. We also believe that community involvement is essential. As a not-for-profit, Caron takes its responsibility to aid those in our home communities as a paramount duty through leadership, resources, and collaboration. 

Q: As an Agent of Change, can you address your ideas on building integrated communities?

On the tole of person in recovery: The person in recovery lies at the center of building a larger system with a community for recovering people.  At its core, the idea of a recovering individual is based on a selfless pursuit where helping another in need creates a powerful synergy whereby both the helper and the one being helped gain a positive experience that could not otherwise have been achieved.  As a result of this “Whole being greater than the sum of its parts” dynamic, the recovering individuals in a community are part of the foundation of an integrated community because it is their service to that community that helps to drive growth and collaboration.

On the role of community: A community provides the set of resources and structure for its citizens to thrive and be successful.  However, the greatest challenge for a community to achieve this goal is to work together as opposed to against one another.  When a community realizes the power that pooling resources has on the ability to solve community problems we can see the same dynamic of synergy where much more can be achieved through collaboration then each entity acting on their own.

On the importance of an integrated system: Integration is essential to create the organization and collaboration that allows us to solve the most major of our community problems.  Integration is also essential to ensuring that those who are most vulnerable in our communities do not fall between the cracks.  Individuals who are reliant on the community to ensure their basic needs are met benefit best from our systems working together, as a corollary our communities grow stronger.


Delray medical center

Q: As leaders of your organization, what is your “Call to Action?”

From within our organization: To stabilize those suffering from mental illness and substance abuse disorders and to provide treatment and a path for ongoing recovery.

Located on the campus of Delray Medical Center is Fair Oaks Pavilion, a 53-bed adult inpatient psychiatric and detox center. The Pavilion offers a progressive treatment environment with a team of caring, multi-disciplinary professionals that help to improve the quality of life for those with acute or chronic psychiatric disorders, addictions or other conditions requiring therapeutic intervention.

We offer a variety of treatment options including inpatient detoxification, a dedicated geriatric program and inpatient and outpatient ECT Therapy.  

Our inpatient program is designed for adults who experience a variety of emotional disorders including those suffering from a dual diagnosis, an emotional disorder combined with chemical dependence. 

As a leading treatment provider, we are a well-respected and long established resource in the community. We make it a priority to be involved with both local and countywide efforts to counter the opiod issue that we are facing.  We recognize that Southern Palm Beach County is the epicenter of this national epidemic. 

On a national level: Fair Oaks Pavilion is dedicated to community involvement, and promoting awareness of the opiate and other drug epidemic.

Q: Give a statement about how your organization works to be a catalyst of change?

Over the past decade, we have seen first-hand an increase in psychiatric and chemical dependencies and the impact that this rise in acuity and volume has had on providers. 

Recognizing that this patient population requires a calm and caring environment, we established a Behavioral Health Emergency Department to address the special needs of these patients and their families. We have also taken great steps to educate our staff on this rising epidemic and the importance of keeping balance in their own lives while treating these patients.

Q: As an Agent of Change, can you address your ideas on building integrated communities?

Business leaders, providers, governmental agencies, persons in recovery and healthcare facilities all need to be involved in developing a systematic approach to addressing the needs of those suffering from substance abuse disorders and mental illness. This collaboration needs to include education, communication in the provision of services to address this critical issue. 


Stuart & Shelby Development, Inc.

Responses provided by Chief Jeff Goldman, Delray Beach Police Department. 

Q: As leaders of your organization, what is your “Call to Action?”

Perhaps more than anyone else, first responders face the fallout of the nationwide heroin epidemic every day, and our goal as a police department remains the same: ensuring public safety. That includes making Delray Beach a safe place for those here in recovery by eradicating the bad providers in the industry and those who prey on the often vulnerable recovery community.

As police chief, I am a proponent of legislative changes that would allow law enforcement the ability to proficiently police this challenging community. The police department will continue to partner with our state and national counterparts to investigate crimes within the recovery industry.

Q: Give a statement about how your organization works to be a catalyst of change?

The Delray Beach Police Department was the first in Palm Beach County and the second in the state to equip our officers with Narcan, and we will continue to do whatever we can to save lives, educate the public and enforce the law. No one person or agency can tackle a problem like this alone. It takes a village of people dedicated to standing up for those in recovery. From first responders and medical and mental health professionals to politicians, attorneys and recovery industry leaders, we all must work together to achieve our goals. We will continue to seek partnerships and share ideas about what works in Delray Beach and what doesn’t.

Q: As an Agent of Change, can you address your ideas on building integrated communities?

On the role of a person in recovery: It’s important that those in recovery in Delray Beach become educated on what is happening in the recovery community. Be aware of what’s accepted industry standard and immediately report anything improper or illegal. Rely on your peers to help you navigate through the tough times.

On the role of the community: Put yourself in the shoes of someone here in recovery. Try to understand what it must be like to be away from your home, your loved ones, wrestling with addiction and not knowing who to trust. Have some empathy for those trying to get healthy. Stay aware of your surroundings, work and home, to report things that seem out of place or possibly against the law.

Importance of an integrated system: It’s simple. Our efforts to provide a safe and effective system will be in vain if we don’t work together. Like Henry Ford once said, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself."

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