Driving Community Solutions for the Opioid Crisis

Chicago/Oakbrook, IL-  Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11am – 1pm (CT)
Driving Community Solutions for the Opioid Crisis
The opioid crisis has become America’s #1 public health emergency. Treatment professionals are in a position to influence everyday citizens and policy makers alike, but finding the right avenues can be a challenge. At the same time, treatment professionals can struggle with staying up-to-date on the latest developments in America’s prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic.
To address these needs, Addiction Professional magazine has organized a lunch’n’learn in Chicago to discuss how treatment professionals can better work together and become effective change agents for educating the public as well as helping to bring about a comprehensive prevention and broad-based treatment strategy.
Upon attending this course, participants will be able to:
  • Understand recent developments in the opioid crisis and its impact on the local community
  • Prepare discussion points to share with the community
  • Explore ways treatment professionals of all types can better work together to ensure a recovery-oriented system of care
One hour of continuing education credit will be available. 
Thought Leadership Partner


Tonmoy Sharma, MBBS; MSc
CEO, Sovereign Health

Tonmoy Sharma, CEO of Sovereign Health, has been recognized with numerous awards, honors and grants for his work in advancing mental health and its treatment in the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia. His background as a psychiatrist has provided him with unique insight into his management of facilities in the United States, Europe and India. He has been a prolific researcher and scientist, having authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and five books on schizophrenia and mental illness. Under his leadership, Sovereign Health has grown from a small facility in San Clemente to a national brand spanning five states and comprising nine fully functional facilities that treat addiction, mental illness and co-occurring disorders, brain wellness, and behavioral health programs for eating disorders. Under his leadership Sovereign Health has been on the Inc 5000 fastest growing companies for the third year running. Dr Sharma has been a member of several editorial boards, a peer reviewer for 14 international medical journals, and has served on various advisory boards governing the development of antipsychotics. As a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists London, Changing Minds Campaign, he helped lead a five-year initiative to combat the stigma of mental illness. He was recently elected as a Board Member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Orange County. He currently co-hosts KABC Los Angeles 790 AM’s In Your Right Mind, a cutting-edge, weekly radio show that covers various topics on the latest headlines in behavioral health. 
Burke Halinovych, LCSW, CADC
Clinical Program Manager, Foundations Chicago
Born and raised in the Chicago area, Burke Halinovych is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC) who joined the Foundations Chicago team in June 2016. He attended Northern Illinois University for his undergraduate degree and earned his Master of Social Work from Chicago’s Loyola University, focusing on clinical mental health. Halinovych’s career almost took a detour when he was drafted as a baseball player by the Kansas City Royals. He spent three years in the Royals’ minor league organization before returning to college to finish his undergraduate studies. It was there that an intercultural communications class opened him up to a whole new world. Halinovych took a job at a therapeutic day school, where he fell in love with the therapeutic process and helping people who are struggling. Halinovych’s passion for his work comes from his life mission to create a world of connection and belonging by healing his own wounds, building relationships with his environment, and being of selfless service to others. Burke realizes that what he wants for his patients is what he truly wants for himself. Halinovych has worked hard at healing his own wounds to ensure he is always prepared to help whoever is going to come through that door. He’s always challenging himself to learn and grow because he takes Foundations Chicago’s work very seriously. In addition to his formal training, Halinovych has advanced psychic training and experience with energy healing modalities. Even outside of work, Halinovych is always learning. He spends his leisure time pursuing ancient wisdom and knowledge, studying different ideological belief systems, practicing meditation and furthering his consciousness. He also enjoys hiking and going on walks through nature, facilitating or participating in various kinds of meditation and working with other people in a psychospiritual capacity.

Maggiano's Little Italy
240 Oakbrook Center
Oakbrook, IL 60523

*There is a $25 registration fee, but all attendees will receive a $25 American Express gift card at the conclusion of the event.
Registration is required to attend; seating is limited.