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St. Charles Hospital Conference for Healthcare Professionals Features Thought Leaders in Addiction

November 8, 2016

Fr. Frank Pizzarelli, SMM, LCSW-R, ACSW, DCSW, executive director/founder, chief executive officer, Hope House Ministries, Port Jefferson and Jeffrey L. Reynolds, Ph.D, CEAP, SAP president/chief executive officer, Family and Children’s Association, Mineola, spoke at St. Charles Hospital’s Chemical Dependency Symposium. More than one hundred twenty five healthcare professionals from across Long Island attended the event on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Stony Brook, New York.

Fr. Pizzarelli delivered the keynote address and described the challenges that health professionals face when striving to serve patients who struggle with addiction.

“We all say the same thing. If we only had more time and more resources to engage more people to work with the people entrusted to our care, maybe another life would have been saved,” said Fr. Frank.

He went on to outline his vision for increased insurance coverage for services which “empower those conflicted with addiction to embrace recovery and wellness.”

Dr. Reynolds gave an update on recent legislative progress, including regulations which allow for immediate access to inpatient treatment. He also discussed proposed regulations for sober homes and limits on patient brokering.

Additional speakers presented on the role of family in addiction, community support and mental illness, maternal addiction and neonatal withdrawal, the relationship between pain and addiction, the challenges and rewards of working in chemical dependency, and more.

A second conference is planned for Tuesday, May 17, 2017 at the same location. The May event is intended to build on the topics covered at the November conference. Healthcare professionals interested in attending should call (631) 474-6797.

St. Charles Hospital hosts 10 of the 20 hospital beds in Suffolk County devoted to medically supervised detoxification for adults and is the only hospital in New York State for inpatient medically supervised detoxification for adolescents. In addition, St. Charles hosts 40 inpatient beds for chemical dependency rehabilitation.