Panel Discussion: Substance Use & Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders

Wednesday, October 27th
3 – 4:30pm
Online / Zoom
Free Training

Training Description: According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, behavioral health conditions, including mental health and substance use disorders, affect approximately 20 percent of Americans. Of those with a substance use disorder, roughly 60 percent also have a mental health disorder. Healthcare professionals must understand the impact of co-occurring disorders and how they can best support those in need. 

Join Laurie Emerson and Kristy Hommel from National Alliance on Mental Illness Vermont (NAMI) as well as Dr. Aron Steward, Chief of Psychology for the UVM Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, along with Recovery Vermont, to discuss this pressing topic and learn how you can care for those with mental health and substance use disorders in your practice. This virtually held panel is free and open to the public! Participants will be able to ask questions in advance and during the session.

Program at a Glance

Online Zoom Training

Open to public

About the Trainers

Laurie Emerson – Laurie currently serves as the Executive Director at the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Vermont where she supports, educates and advocates so that all communities, families, and individuals affected by mental illness or mental health challenges can build better lives.

Kristy Hommel – Kristy currently serves as the “Ending the Silence” Coordinator at the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Vermont where she helps the community learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition.

Dr. Aron Steward, Ph.D. – Dr. Aron Steward is the Chief of Psychology of the UVM Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital.

Daniel Franklin – Daniel will serve as the moderator and lead this discussion. Daniel is the Vice President for Advocacy at Recovery Vermont and join the team after serving as executive director for the Lamoille Valley’s North Central Vermont Recovery Center, and as a key collaborator with Jenna’s Promise. A native of Guilford, VT, Daniel lives in Craftsbury with his partner Corrina and their son Josiah. Daniel has worked as leader, advocate, fundraiser, and frontline worker in the health and human services fields for many years. He is devoted to the cause of recovery from addictions and mental health challenges and seeks to advance and enhance the connection between mind, body and spirit by unifying systems of care for mental health and physical health


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Montpelier, VT 05602
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