Speaker Series: Tennessee’s Opiate Crisis

More information on the event here.

Carter County Democratic Party and Carter County Democratic Women’s Club are co-sponsoring another speaking event on Saturday, May 13; continuing the organization’s monthly speaker series, which is open to the community and free. This month’s topic is focused on opiod addiction/mental health, treatment options and relevant legislative updates and will be held from 2:00 – 4:00pm at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Elizabethton, TN located at 815 E. 2nd St. across from the Courthouse.

Mary Linden Salter, LCSW, will be the primary speaker and is Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and other Addiction Services, an association of addiction and recovery support providers. Mary Linden Salter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in Tennessee since 1996. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University. Prior to taking this position, she was the Director of Network Services for Behavioral Health for United Healthcare (UHC), and also was the Manager of a utilization review team for Magellan Behavioral Heath, both TennCare MCOs. She has also worked in several clinical programs in Tennessee including the Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody at Vanderbilt and as the IOP Program Director for Centerstone. Prior to joining UHC, Mary Linden worked at the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations as the Director of Public Policy, where she was involved in statewide policy analysis and development as well as state legislative initiatives.

Since Mary Linden Salter joined TAADAS, the agency has developed newly defined membership and an advocacy plan. The association’s advocacy efforts have included ACA education, outreach and enrollment, addressing the Medicaid Gap, promotion of funding for addiction resources, parity education and enforcement, and refinements to LADAC licensure. Mary Linden serves on the TDMHSAS Institutional Review Board, the Co-Occurring Disorders Collaborative Steering Committee, the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute Board of Trustees, the TN Association of Drug Court Professionals Board, The Tennessee Certification Board and the Board of the Healing Arts Project.

Speaker/panelist, Jess Miller is a Family Medicine doctor who lives and works in Elizabethton, TN. He moved to Eastern Tennessee last fall after serving seven for years in the United States Army. His active duty assignments included Fort Benning, Germany, and Fort Bragg. He deployed twice to Afghanistan – once with the Second Cavalry Regiment and once with Special Operations. He received his undergraduate degrees from Texas A&M and his Medical Degree from the University of Texas.

Since relocating to Tennessee, Dr. Miller has collaborated among individual and systems-based efforts to reduce the burden of chronic disease in our region. He volunteers in several grassroots organizations, including the Elizabethton Arts and Cultural Alliance, Carter County Proud, and the IDEAS citizen-action group. He remains dedicated to guiding community members toward their own health goals, as well as addressing infrastructure and insurance barriers to healthier lifestyles.”

Speaker/panelist, Jilian Reece, is Carter County Drug Prevention Coalition Director. Ms. Reece will be sharing what work the County Coalition is doing in the community and what resources are available. She will be offering information as to how we can locally address the problem that is so prolific in our area.


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