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The 2006 National Summit on the Methamphetamine Epidemic

Prevention & Intervention: A Comprehensive Jurisdiction-Wide Approach to Solving a Drug Crisis!

May 15-17, 2006

Memphis , Tennessee

Memphis Marriott Downtown

Featuring Six Comprehensive Tracks!

Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement Interdiction & Strategy

Examine patterns of trafficking, trade and abuse to develop an effective meth task force

Meth Legislation & Funding Initiatives

Discover law and initiative trends at the federal, state and local level and their potential use in your jurisdiction

Identifying Meth Innovation Trends

Gather the newest information in meth production, smuggling and abuse to prepare your community for the future

Social Services

Methamphetamine Treatment and Prevention

Improve your knowledge of methamphetamine addiction and best practices for treatment and prevention

Health Considerations

Address the health complications of Methamphetamine for drug abusers and health care professionals

Meth's Effect on Children

Develop protocols and training to improve care for methamphetamine's most defenseless victims

Presented by:

The Performance Institute

Dear Colleague,

Our nation faces a staggering new drug epidemic in the rise in popularity of Methamphetamine. From rural towns to big cities, meth labs are popping up in all 50 states. More than 12 million Americans have tried meth, and 1.5 million are regular users, according to federal estimates.

In order to address the meth epidemic, The Performance Institute is hosting The 2006 National Summit on the Methamphetamine Epidemic . This conference integrates the concerns of Law Enforcement and Social Services in tackling this dangerous drug problem.

According to a survey of 500 law-enforcement agencies in 45 states released last month by the National Association of Counties, 58% said meth is their biggest drug problem, compared with only 19% for cocaine, 17% for marijuana and 3% for heroin. The National Association of Counties also released a survey stating that 90% of sheriffs interviewed reported increases in meth-related arrests in their counties over the last three years.

Meth pre-cursor laws have proven largely effective at cutting down on the dangerous production of methamphetamine. However, despite the eradication of many clandestine laboratories meth users are growing in number each and every day. This is due in large part to the superlab production of meth abroad in Asia and Central America . Additionally, interstate meth trafficking is on the rise due to a lack of central legislation on precursor laws. Learn about the international meth trade and how you can combat interstate trafficking in your area.

Is your agency up-to-date on the most recent legislation, mandates and regulation dealing with methamphetamine use? Does your agency suffer from insufficient funding? Are you in need of cost saving measures to adequately maintain an anti-drug and recovery force? How will you gather information on the future of the drug war, including a constantly evolving drug front? All of these questions and more will be answered at the Summit .

I hope you will join us as we bring together law enforcement agencies and social service providers on the federal, state and local levels to promote best practices on this emerging issue. Space is limited, so please register today at www.PerformanceWeb.org/MethAbuse or call

Sincerely,

Benjamin M. Brunjes

Director

Law Enforcement Development Center

The Performance Institute

 

CONFERENCE AGENDA

 

Day One: May 22, 2006

 

8:00

Registration

8:30

Keynote Panel: My Meth Experience

9:30

Prevention Dialogue

10:30

Break & Refreshments

10:45

The Effectiveness of Drug Courts

12:00

Lunch

 

Track A:

Law Enforcement Interdiction & Strategy

Track B: Meth Treatment and Prevention

 

1:00

Developing a Meth Task Force

Myths Regarding Meth Addiction Treatment

2:00

Interstate Meth Trafficking

 

Case Study: Washington State 's Approach to the Meth Problem

3:00

Break & Refreshments

3:15

International Meth Trafficking

 

Preventing Meth Addiction: What Works and What Does Not

 

4:30

Adjourn

 

Day Two: May 23, 2006

 

8:00

Registration

 

Track C:

Meth Legislation & Funding Initiatives

 

Track D:

Health Considerations

 

8:30

A Review of Federal & State Meth Precursor Legislation

Medical Complications of Meth Abuse

9:30

Strategies & Funding to Enforce Meth Precursor Legislation

Safety Concerns for Health and Child Welfare Workers

 

10:30

Break & Refreshments

10:45

Funding Initiatives for Anti-Meth Programs

 

Using Meth's Health Effects as a Deterrent: The Faces of Meth Approach

 

12:00

Lunch

 

Track E:

Identifying Meth Innovation Trends

 

 

Track F:

Meth's Effect on Children and Families

 

1:00

Identifying the Newest Threats & Trends

Best Practices in Addressing the Needs of Drug-Endangered Children

 

2:00

The Evolution of the Meth Lab

Meth and the Child and Family Services Response

3:00

Break

3:15

Identity Theft and Online Meth Concerns

 

Medical Response Protocols for Children at Meth Sites

4:30

Adjourn

 

Day Three: May 24, 2006

 

8:00

Registration

8:30

Workshop A:

Utilize Problem Oriented Policing Targeting Methamphetamine Production, Distribution and Use

 

Workshop B: Identifying, Writing and Securing Grants

12:30

Adjourn

 

 

Agenda

Monday, May 22 nd

 

8:30 Keynote Panel: My Experiences with Meth

In order for law enforcement and social services to effectively identify, apprehend and treat meth abusers, it is important to understand the ins-and-outs of addiction. Listen as a panel of recovered meth addicts outline their experiences while under the influence of meth. Learn how and when they first encountered the drug, the lengths they would go to to obtain more meth, how they hid the addiction from those around them and how they were ultimately able to leave the drug behind. Understand the addiction in order to better prepare for those who are currently addicted.

Panelists:

Amber Sylvester, Lyn Noland, Jennifer Brady, John Allen & Wayne Tays

 

9:30 Community Prevention Dialogue

Prevention tactics that have proven successful include statewide multi-discipline trainings, technical assistance, grants program , community involvement and education, ads and awareness campaigns. Dialogue with panelists and your peers on how to best prevent methamphetamine abuse in your jurisdiction. This dialogue will offer a rare opportunity for community and social policy leaders to discuss initiatives with their peers in the law enforcement community.

Facilitated Ben Brunjes, Director, Law Enforcement Development Center , The Performance Institute

 

10:30 Break & Refreshments

 

10:45 The Effectiveness of Drug Courts

Cases of recidivism for drug offenders are extremely high. Drug courts begin with the basic premise that traditional criminal justice procedures such as arrests, incarcerations and fines are not enough to prevent future criminal acts by drug abusers. A drug court offers comprehensive supervision, drug testing, treatment services and immediate sanctions and incentives in an effort to deal with all aspects of drug addiction. Explore the effectiveness and applicability of the drug court model in your area to reduce addiction and drug-related crime.

Karen Freeman-Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Drug Court Professionals

 

12:00 Lunch

 

1:00 Track A: Law Enforcement Interdiction & Strategy

Developing a Meth Task Force

One of the most challenging aspects of the meth fight is regional collaboration. Your department must be able to work effectively with neighboring counties and cities while also utilizing state and Federal assistance. This process can be difficult due to issues of communication, jurisdiction and cooperation. The Southern and Eastern Tennessee Meth Task Force is a longstanding joint methamphetamine interdiction team. Learn how the joint team was formed, what difficulties they have faced over the years, and discover how to implement a similar project in your community.

Lt. Tommy Farmer, Project Director, Southern and Eastern Tennessee Meth Task Force

Special Agent Dave Shelton, Southern and Eastern Tennessee Meth Task Force

 

Track B: Methamphetamine Treatment and Prevention

Myths and Facts Regarding Meth Addiction Treatment

The myths about meth treatment are extremely common, even amongst caregivers. One of the most harmful rumors is that it's almost impossible to kick the habit for good. Many agencies use this myth to cut their meth treatment budgets in favor of other drug treatment program s. This session will analyze new techniques and methods for battling meth addictions and dispel this dangerous myth about meth.

Jeanne Obert, Executive Director, The Matrix Institute

2:00

Track A: Law Enforcement Interdiction & Strategy

Interstate Meth Trafficking

Laws restricting the sale of meth precursors, such as pseudo-ephedrine, have been very successful in their efforts to cut down on the number of mom-and-pop meth labs across the nation. However, due to differing legislation between states, interstate meth trafficking has exploded. While the meth production and abuse in central and western Iowa has decreased dramatically, eastern Iowa , with its Mississippi River border, has seen much less change. Learn why this is happening and how to prevent it from happening in your community.

Lt. Tommy Farmer, Project Director, Southern and Eastern Tennessee Meth Task Force

Special Agent Dave Shelton, Southern and Eastern Tennessee Meth Task Force

 

Track B: Methamphetamine Treatment and Prevention

Case Study: Washington State 's Approach to the Meth Problem

Washington has initiated a unique approach to eliminating meth abuse. Washington is one of the epicenters of the Meth crisis- reporting the third highest number of labs and drug chemical dump sites. The greater Yakima Valley is home to large scale drug trafficking organizations who distribute drugs throughout the US . Explore this evidence based model program for treatment and prevention, and learn how to implement some of their practices into your jurisdiction.

Priscilla Lisicich, Executive Director, Safe Streets Campaign

3:00 Break & Refreshments

 

3:15

Track A: Law Enforcement Interdiction & Strategy

International Meth Trafficking

While clandestine meth labs have taken the headlines in recent months, 85% of meth in the United States is produced abroad. To truly combat the growing meth epidemic the importation of foreign made meth must be stopped. Learn from international experts how they fought the importation of meth and the illegal trade of meth precursors. Discover how to identify and track the flow of international meth into your community.

Special Agent Frank “Buddy” Antos , United States Forest Service

 

Track D: Methamphetamine Treatment and Prevention

Preventing Meth Addiction: What Works and What Does Not

This session will cover the most recent trends in methamphetamine prevention strategies from a number of jurisdictions. The overall success rates and costs of a variety of prevention techniques will be explored. Study trends in prevention methodologies and determine the best use for your prevention dollars. Establish best practices and guidelines for your jurisdiction.

John Kriger, MSM, CADC, CPS, President, Kriger Consulting

 

4:30 Adjourn

 

Agenda

Tuesday, May 23 rd

 

8:30 Track C: Meth Legislation & Funding Initiatives

A Review of Federal & State Meth Precursor Legislation

To date, forty seven states have introduced legislation regarding meth, many of which aim to limit the chemicals needed for the production of meth. Review the impact these laws have had on meth production and abuse at the state level. Discover how these laws have effected your community and how proposed Federal legislation can further these efforts. Learn the ways in which these laws are changing the landscape for the years to come.

Dale Woolery, Associate Director, Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy, Iowa

Track D: Health Considerations

Medical Complications of Meth Abuse

There is a great deal of existing evidence on the short-term effects of methamphetamine abuse, and more research is being released on the long-term effects of meth abuse on the body and brain. Meth causes long lasting changes in brain chemistry, particularly in the neurotransmitter systems of the brain. Notably, these brain chemistry changes seem to impact cognitive abilities such as memory, judgment, reasoning and verbal learning. And these changes do not reverse themselves quickly. Study the effects of meth on an individual's physiology, and the eventual cost this has on state health budgets.

Don McVinney , LMSW, Director of Education and Training, Harm Reduction Coalition

9:30

Track C: Meth Legislation & Funding Initiatives

Strategies & Funding to Enforce Meth Precursor Legislation

The Federal government has invested more money in drug interdiction program s and is considering more restrictive national laws. The Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the US Justice Department have all increased their meth budgets. Study strategies to enforce precursor legislation. Identify funding sources to aid your efforts.

ONDCP Representative

 

Track D: Health Considerations

Safety Concerns for Health and Child Welfare Workers

Meth labs, violent patients and high rates of STDs all pose a serious risk to health care providers and child welfare workers. Study the methods in which workers can protect themselves from serious injury or disease in the case of a meth interdiction or lab clean-up. Study site safety for agencies other than law enforcement that are called upon to deal with a meth lab or a subject under the influence of meth.

Julie Mazzuca , President, Meth Lab Cleanup

10:30 Break & Refreshments

 

10:45
Track C: Meth Legislation & Funding Initiatives

Funding Initiatives for Anti-Meth Programs

Every narcotics program across the nation shares one major problem: funding. In order to best manage your community's narcotics programs, learn where to look for funding, how to measure results from funding you already have, how to report measured results, and to write effective grants which can fund anything from new chemical detections systems to extra squad cars and narcotics officers.

Jeff Barlow, The Hawthorn Institute

Track D: Health Considerations

Using Meth's Health Effects as a Deterrent: The Faces of Meth Approach

Faces of Meth ™ is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Oregon . This project began when a deputy put together mug shots of persons booked into the Detention Center . Deputy King also started interviewing people in custody to learn of their drug use, experiences with methamphetamine, how or if methamphetamine contributed to their criminality, and asked what they would tell young people about methamphetamine. These videos, photos and stories are then relayed to youths and communities. Examine this realistic effort at showing young people and communities the true face of meth, and determine how the program can be used to benefit your community.

Deputy Bret King, Multnomah (OR) County Sheriff's Department

 

12:00 Lunch

 

1:00

Track E: Identifying Meth Innovation Trends

Identifying the Newest Threats & Trends

Meth abusers are often as creative as they are desperate. Constantly changing methods of use, import, trafficking, terminology and disposal make it important for law enforcement officials to stay abreast of the most recent innovations. Gather information on the newest avenues of abuse and acquisition in order to identify tomorrow's threats today. Also, respond to innovative abusers by enhancing your understanding of the innovations made in Law Enforcement efforts to combat meth.

Shirley Armstead, Public Information Officer, Drug Enforcement Agency*

 

Track F: Meth's Effect on Children and Families

Best Practices in Addressing the Needs of Drug-Endangered Children

Innocent children are sometimes found in homes and other environments where methamphetamine and other illegal substances are produced. Around the country, Drug Endangered Children (DEC) program s have been developed to coordinate the efforts of law enforcement, medical services and child welfare workers to ensure that children found in these environments receive appropriate attention and care. Study the needs of this at-risk community and proven tactics to assist them.

Nicola Erb, Epidemiologist, National Jewish Medical and Research Center

2:00

Track E: Identifying Meth Innovation Trends

The Evolution of Today's Meth Lab

As laws have taken effect restricting the sale of meth making materials, meth labs and meth producers have innovated new ways to create meth. Larger, stationary “Mom & Pop” laboratories, the norm in past years, have been replaced by smaller, moving clandestine operations. Law Enforcement officials have found tiny meth factories in Mountain Dew bottles, mobile labs in the trunks of cars and backs of trucks and have seen theft and industrial raiding increase. Meth addicts will do nearly anything to continue their high. Understand the transformation of meth labs in response to precursor legislation and the potential impact this can have.

Special Agent Joe Copeland , Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

 

Track F: Meth's Effect on Children and Families

Meth and the Child and Family Services Response

States have a variety of approaches on methamphetamine and its effects on children and family. Many states ask immediately for the termination of parental rights in a meth household. Others work hard in an attempt to keep the family together as they treat the methamphetamine user. Stimulate debate in your region on the most effective methods for approaching these difficult situations.

Laura Elmore, Program Coordinator, North Carolina Division of Social Services

 

3:00 Break & Refreshments

 

3:15

Track E: Identifying Meth Innovation Trends

Identity Theft and Online Meth Concerns

Over the past 5 years, identity theft has become an extremely important issue in the United States . Meth addicts will stop at nothing to obtain funding for more meth. In fact, a large percentage of identity theft crimes in 2005 had their roots in meth addiction. Study the process by which identities are stolen, the connection to identity theft and meth abuse and other online risks that are associated with meth.

Detectives Bob Gauthier & Al Vonkeman, Edmonton Police Department

 

Track F: Meth's Effect on Children and Families

Education Strategies to Eliminate Meth Abuse

Across Tennessee , district attorneys general are collaborating with Law Enforcement and Social services to educate citizens about the dangers of abusing meth. Perfecting a successful education program for youths and adults is a crucial step in preventing abuse. Learn about their innovative programs, what hurdles they have cleared, what successes they have had, and how you can institute a similar program in your community and state.

General Gibbons, District Attorney General, Memphis , Tennessee *

 

4:30 Adjourn

 

Agenda

Wednesday, May 24 th

 

8:30

Workshop A:

Problem Solving:

Utilize Problem Oriented Policing Targeting Methamphetamine Production, Distribution and Use

•  Discover how to use the four-step SARA problem-solving model in addressing problems of methamphetamine. Review how to identify the problem, conduct an in-depth analysis, implement a response while evaluating effectiveness and determine future needs.

•  Identify key agencies to jointly respond in addressing the methamphetamine problem. Learn how to engage collaboratively as a community streamlining resources and providing effective outcomes.

•  Examine successes of the COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) program in addressing methamphetamine production, distribution and use .

Jerry Hoover, Chief (Ret.) Reno , NV , Police Department*

 

Workshop B:

Show Me the Money!

Identifying, Writing and Securing Grants for Your Agency Consistent with Federal and State Guidelines

•  Identify and learn the latest funding trends from all public and private grantmakers . Unearth the latest information from Federal and state program s, independent, operating, corporate and community foundations, individuals and corporations.

•  Discover fundamental elements of successful grant applications
Gain valuable information on how to write winning grants. Master essential principles that are needed to craft a proposal that wins. Obtain knowledge of contents and characteristics of a successful proposal, the various factors to consider when writing a proposal and innovative grant writing tips and strategies.

•  Learn grants management strategies
Focus on program matic and fiscal reporting requirements for federal program s, foundations and private funders. Identify grant application parameters and guidelines. Ensure funds are spent according to applicable laws and regulations.

Jeff Barlow, The Hawthorn Institute

 

12:30 Adjourn

 

Rave Reviews from Past Attendees

“I learned a lot about precursor laws from around the US , along with many other things not typically taught in Narcotics classes.”

Shawn Becker, Investigator, Canyon County Sheriff's Office

 

“I feel like I'm going back to Vermont with new info to share and ideas about how we as a community need to prepare for what is heading our way!”

Karen Okon, CVUHS

 

“Well put together and very informative!”

Audene Haynes , Washington County Anti-Drug Community Partnership

 

“Thoughtful material and high-level, experienced presenters.”

Peter Gallway, CADA-Sanata Barbara

 

Who Should Attend:

Chiefs of Police / Command Staffs

Heads of Police Narcotics Divisions

Substance Abuse Professionals

Prevention Center Directors and Staff

Community Coalition Members

Health Professionals

Public Health Officials

Case Workers and Social Workers

Youth Workers

City Managers

Elected Officials

…and anyone concerned with halting the spread of meth abuse!

 

Five Reasons to Attend

•  Further your meth prevention and interdiction efforts with best practices from across the country.

•  Develop community partnerships between social services and law enforcement to improve your efforts

•  Discover new information regarding trafficking, manufacture and online concerns

•  Utilize new information and tactics to ensure your comprehensive meth plan is fully funded

•  Reenergize your community with proven successful tactics in the war on meth

 

Onsite Training:

 

With an increasing emphasis being put on homeland security initiatives in government, the Institute offers a training program designed to implement the latest Presidential directives and NIMS guidelines from the Department of Homeland Security. Topics include: emergency management and response, threat assessment and mitigations, incident command, critical infrastructure protection, homeland security grants management, performance measures for homeland security programs, regional preparedness planning, and cross-agency coordination and communication techniques.

•  Collaboration & Information Sharing in Homeland Security

•  IT in Homeland Security

•  Budget Preparation and Justification for Homeland Security

•  Emergency Management and Response

•  Risk and Threat Assessment and Mitigation

•  Crisis Communications for Homeland Security

•  Strategic Planning and Execution for Homeland Security

 

For more information about on-site training options available to you, please contact Shawn Keeley at 703-894-0481 or email him at Keeley@PerformanceWeb.org .

 

{(This is the LEDC training blurb – I know it isn't meth related, but it is what we can do for them in-house)}

 

Exhibiting and Sponsorship Information:

To learn more about exhibit and sponsorship opportunities at Performance Institute educational seminars and conferences, please contact Shawn Keeley at Keeley@performanceweb.org or at 703-894-0481.

 

Hotel Information:

•  Memphis Marriott Downtown

•  250 North Main Street

•  Memphis, Tennessee 38103 USA

•  Phone:  1-901-527-7300

•  Fax:  1-901-526-1561

•  Sales:  1-901-527-7300

Toll-Free:  1-888-557-8740

 

Tuition :

Tuition for The 2006 National Summit on Methamphetamine Abuse is as follows:

 

Conference: $995.00

Conference & Workshop: $1295.00

 

Group Discounts:

Group discounts are available. For information about discounts for groups of three or more, please contact Shawn Keeley at (703) 894-0481 or Keeley@PerformanceWeb.org

 

Administrative note: A 10% cancellation on registration will be assessed if you cancel less than 3 weeks from the date of the event. As speakers are confirmed six months before the event, some speaker changes or topic changes may occur in the program. The Performance Institute is not responsible for speaker changes, but will work to ensure a comparable speaker is located to participate in the program.

 

Free Subscription to Institute Research:

 

The Performance Institute serves as the nation's leading repository of thoroughly researched, documented, catalogued and peer-reviewed “best practices” in a multitude of law enforcement management issue areas. Each month, the Institute publishes its research through a variety of e-mail publications. To subscribe to the Institute's newsletter on Law Enforcement Innovations, e-mail your complete contact information to: LawEnforcement@PerformanceWeb.org. For more information on the Institute's government programs and services, visit us on the Internet at www.PerformanceWeb.org.

 

* Indicates Invited Speaker

 

Cancellations and Quality Assurance

The Performance Institute strives to provide you with the most productive and effective educational experience possible. If after completing the course you feel there is some way we can improve, please write your comments on the evaluation form provided upon your arrival. Should you feel dissatisfied with your learning experience and wish to request a credit or refund, please submit it in writing no later than 10 business days after the end of the training to: Chris DeMaio , Chief Operating Officer, The Performance Institute, 1515 N. Courthouse Road, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22201 (phone 703-894-0481). We will evaluate individual complaints in a context of collective comments from the event. Note : A $150 service fee will be charged on cancellations received less than three weeks from the date of the event. A credit memo will also be sent reflective of that amount, which can be used for a future Performance Institute conference. As speakers are confirmed six months before the event, some speaker changes or topic changes may occur in the program. The Performance Institute is not responsible for speaker changes, but will work to ensure a comparable speaker is located to participate in the program.


 

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