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Conference Schedule


8:00 - 8:30 am CHECK-IN

8:30 - 10:00 am
1: Providing effective, evidence-based In-Home Prevention Services for Families in Substance Abuse Recovery, Part One*

Presenter: Dianna Christmas, MPH

10:15 - 11:45 am
WORKSHOP 2: Providing effective, evidence-based In-Home Prevention Services for Families in Substance Abuse Recovery, Part Two*

Presenter: Dianna Christmas, MPH

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Matthew Sandusky, Keynote Speaker: Child Abuse Prevention Advocate and Survivor

1:45 - 3:15 pm
WORKSHOP 3:  Plan of Safe Care Act of 2016 and Family First Prevention Funding Act of 2018
The Impact of these two major changes in Federal Law on Child Welfare Services.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
WORKSHOP 4: Child Fatalities in Duval County and How the Community can Help Reverse this Disturbing Trend


*If you have any questions please contact us.

Workshops Part One (8:30 AM – 10:00 AM) and Part Two (10:15 AM – 11:40 AM) Room 158: The training will be offered in two ninety-minute sessions. Session One will focus on the Etiology of Substance Use disorders. Session Two will provide participants the opportunity to network and develop collaborations for referrals and linkages to move toward a Continuum of Services.

TRAINER: Dianna Christmas, MPH




Dianna comes to us from Cambridge, MA where she just retired from The Institute of Health & Recovery after a long and extensive career in Public Health. Dianna’s particular interest in understanding the impact of Substance Abuse on the family stems from her own personal story and over 30 years in recovery, which she shares with her audience. These are just a few of her career highlights:


• Founded two residential family substance abuse and HIV programs and established HIV counseling and testing sites through Boston’s communities of color;
• Established the first outpatient methadone programs for pregnant women and integrated children’s services in the country;
• Developed Substance Abuse curriculum and training for Boston Court Psychologists and Social Workers; PUBLICATIONS:
• Co-authored the Third Edition Nurturing Program for Families in Substance Abuse Treatment & Recovery, 2012

• Three-Day Training Parenting & Substance Use Disorders, Vermont Department for Children and Families 2016
• Two-day Training Parenting & Substance Use Disorders, START Program State wide Kentucky 2016
• Trainings for Early education programs through-out the state of Massachusetts, Recognizing Substance Use and its Effects on families and Young Children, sponsored by the MA Department of Public Health 2014-2015
• Two- Day Substance abuse training, Las Vegas Family/Drug Court staff (27) July 2013
• Two-Day Training on Parenting &Substance use Disorders, North Carolina Department Of Public Health Substance Abuse Services (27) case managers, 2012
• 25th Annual Addiction: Focus on Women Conference, Henderson, North Carolina, three-day national training, Nurturing Program for Families (29 providers) counselors, social workers, probation officers, psychologists and mental health professionals 2011.
• Nurturing Families through recovery, bi-annual state-wide two-day training for local and national providers (average 48 attendees), 2009-2011
• National Conference Women in Recovery, Chicago, Illinois Nurturing Program for Families 2010

Workshop Three: (1:45 PM – 3:15 PM) Room 158: Part One will provide an overview of the Plan of Safe Care Act of 2016 and steps underway for the implementation of this important piece of legislation. Panel members will discuss the impact on Child Welfare Services, Prevention Services providers and Social Services in general. Members of the Panel include:

Karen Tozzi, MEd, Director of Maternal & Child Health, Duval Co., Florida Dept. of Health Faye Johnson, CEO, Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition Linda Compton, Program Administrator, Family Safety, Florida Dept. of Children & Families

Part Two will provide an overview of the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 which will have a significant impact on Child Welfare Services throughout the nation. Panel members will discuss the FFPSA in relation to Prevention Services and Foster Care in NE Florida along with a timeline for implementation of these major changes in federal funding.

Bob Miller, CEO, Family Support Services of North Florida Melissa Jaacks, Consultant, Casey Family Programs

Workshop Four: (3:30 PM – 5:00 PM) Room 158 Child Fatalities in Duval County. This panel of experts will discuss the high infant and child mortality rate in Duval County and provide a breakdown and in-depth review of the data pertinent to this critical issue. Information will also be provided about on-going and upcoming initiatives to address this important issue within the community.

• Ms. Vicki Whitfield, Chair, Duval Child Abuse Death Review Committee; Program Coordinator, UF First Coast Child Advocacy Center/Child Protection Team
• Rachel Thomas, PhD, APRN, University of Florida, Pediatrics, First Coast Child Protection Team
• Kathleen Dully, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UF College of Medicine, Jacksonville, Medical Director, First Coast Child Protection Team
• Karen S. Shimshak, M.D., Chief, Division of Ophthalmology, Dept. of Pediatric Surgery, Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville
• Linda Compton, Program Administrator, Family Safety, Florida Dept. of Children & Families
• Jessica Winberry, BSH, Educator, Community Health, Wolfson Children’s Hospital