The Rural SUD Workforce: Recruit, Retain, Sustain

Friday, September 20, 2024
8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Minnesota State University, Mankato – Centennial Student Union

Join MNAP (Minnesota Addiction Professionals) and the Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® of Minnesota Center for Rural Behavioral Health to examine the causes and scope of SUD rural workforce shortfalls, consider solutions, and move toward implementation.

Description: One-quarter of Minnesotans live and work in Greater Minnesota, defined as rural areas and towns of under 50,000 residents. Access to substance use disorders (SUD) care in Greater Minnesota has been and remains a persistent problem. A major contributor is workforce shortages, which, while affecting the entire SUD provider system, is disproportionately seen in lower-population areas. This day-long conference brings together students aspiring to work in SUD professions, current professionals at all levels, addiction studies educators, and policymakers. Presentations, panels and discussions will address the scope of the problem and how it might be addressed through advances in the recruitment, retention and sustainability of the rural SUD workforce.
Conference Highlights:
  • State and national speakers
  • Panelists with rural Minnesota SUD care experience addressing recruitment, retention and sustainability
  • Facilitated conversations on implementation of workforce building and growth strategies
  • Exhibits and networking lunch
Keynote Speakers:
  • Morning: Israil Ali - Director, Division of National Health Service Corps, HRSA

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  • Afternoon: Mat Roosa - NIATx Coach

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Featuring: Professionals Appreciation Day Breakout Room

September 20 is National Addiction Professionals Day. This breakout room will have self-care opportunities (chair massages) and wellness ideas (movement and meditation). Opportunity to win self-care prize baskets by visiting the room. Providers sponsoring this room are NUWAY Alliance, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge and MARRCH. Chair massages offered during registration, breaks, and lunch. Stretching/Movement/Meditation mini-sessions will be offered during lunch with a brief session during the welcome. The room is open all day for attendees to visit, pick up resources, and enter the drawing.

Cost: $10 students, $30 NAADAC members, $60 non-NAADAC members
Schedule: Coming soon!
Speakers Topics: Coming soon!
CEUs available!

Thank you to our Premier Sponsor, the Department of Human Services (DHS)!

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About the Hosts:
  • MNAP is the Minnesota affiliate of NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, serving addiction and recovery professionals statewide.

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  • The Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® of Minnesota Center for Rural Behavioral Health at Minnesota State University, Mankato is dedicated to improving access to behavioral healthcare for residents in outstate Minnesota to include Tribal Communities through research, workforce development, continuing education and customized training.

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Registration Questions:  Email or call 507-389-1094
Training Questions:  Email



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