Driving Community Solutions for the Opioid Crisis

Providence, RI-  Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 11am – 1pm (ET)
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 Providence 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
Panel Series Sponsor


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. 
Raymond Tamasi
President & CEO, Gosnold

Mr. Tamasi is President and CEO of Gosnold on Cape Cod, a diversified addiction and mental health program.  Mr. Tamasi has 40 years of experience developing and managing treatment, intervention, and prevention services.  The Gosnold continuum of care consists of  175 beds that include acute, sub-acute, extended care, and assisted sober living.  Seven outpatient clinics provide partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, ambulatory detoxification, medication-assisted treatment, and a full range of mental health and addiction services.  Supporting and extending these core services are a primary integration program that embeds clinicians in medical practices, hospital-based consultation services, school-based services, recovery coaching, and the use of smartphone technology to maintain engagement with patients.  Gosnold employs more than 400 professional and support staff. Mr. Tamasi has been recognized nationally for the development of innovative approaches and programs.  He is a frequent speaker on issues of policy and a redefining of the addiction treatment and prevention system. Mr. Tamasi is on the Board of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment, the Cape Cod Hospital Board of Incorporators, and the Association for Behavioral Health.  Mr. Tamasi has a Bachelor's of Arts in Economics and a Master's in Education with a concentration in Counseling and Healthcare Administration.

Thomas F. Joyce LCDP, CPRS
East Bay Community Action Program - Adams Farley Center
 Thomas is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional, as well as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, specializing in opiate use disorders, adolescent substance abuse and peer to peer recovery support services at East Bay Community Action Program.  A person in recovery himself, he is an advocate for the recovery community on local and national levels while developing innovative peer to peer recovery support programs to provide services and education to the community. Thomas is a member of the Governors Overdose and Intervention Task Force, The Rhode Island Board of Licensed Chemical Dependency Professionals, and associated with multiple local substance abuse prevention task forces in the community.
Aurora Gonzalez
Clinical Supervisor at Retreat at Lancaster County
Aurora Gonzalez, MS, CADC, is Clinical Supervisor at Retreat at Lancaster County.  With over 15 years of experience in the field of addictions treatment, she has served in all aspects of clinical care.  Most recently, Aurora has been an instrumental part in developing and maintaining individualized track curricula for the Clinical Program at Retreat.  From intake, throughout treatment, and in planning aftercare for a patient, Aurora supports a comprehensive individualized plan of care that includes an interdependent systems approach.  As such, she is currently Chairperson for the Care, Treatment, and Services Committee at Retreat, and serves on a Clinical Efficiency Task Force, Electives Task Force and a Training Series Committee.  Aurora is continually dedicated to addressing system barriers to treatment and improving treatment efficacy and recovery outcomes. Throughout her career she has dedicated herself to connecting with addicts and fostering partnerships and community relationships that improve recovery outcomes.  She is a passionate advocate for those afflicted with the disease of addiction and supports an interdependent model of care and treatment.  Aurora currently partners with local community agencies, support groups and recovering professionals in Lancaster County to provide comprehensive care and referral to those recovering from the disease of addiction.  

134 Atwells Ave
Providence, RI 02903

*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.