The 2019 CPRS Conference: Trailblazing the Peer Frontier!

The 2019 CPRS Conference: Trailblazing the Peer Frontier!

Category: Events

Posted on August 9th, 2019

The 2019 CPRS Conference: Trailblazing the Peer Frontier!

October 6-7 in Nashville at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel

This statewide event featured a keynote address, a variety of workshops pertinent to Certified Peer Recovery Specialists, an annual awards ceremony, and much more.


Addiction: Not a Moral Failure

Dr. Stephen Loyd

Dr. Stephen Loyd is a graduate of the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. He completed his medical residency in Internal Medicine at the same institution. He has served as the Chief of Medicine at the Mountain Home VA Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee. Recently, he was the Medical Director and Assistant Commissioner for Substance Abuse Services for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. For the last eight years, he has focused on addiction medicine with an interest in the opioid dependent pregnant patient. He has been in recovery from addiction to opioids and benzodiazepines since July 8, 2004.

Breakout sessions / workshops the 2019 CPRS Conference included:

  • The Stigma of Mental Illness on Social Media, Allison Plattsmier
  • A Unique Community Approach to the Opioid Epidemic – the STOP Program, Butch Odom and others
  • Living a Meaningful Life in Recovery, Ben Overby
  • In Our Own Voice (IOOV), NAMI
  • We Are the Experts – the Value of Lived Experience, Jules Wilson and others
  • Recognizing and Destroying Stigma: Role of the Peer in Breaking Down Traditional Barriers in Rural Tennessee, Jason Abernathy, Dave Hodges, Allen Burnette, Dianne Sherrod

Group General Sessions

  • Ethics, Presenter TBA
  • Quality Documentation, Stephanie Guthrie