The Person Centered Planning Preconference has been converted to a virtual conference on Friday, May 29, 2020. There is no fee to participate, but pre-registration is required.

In light of concerns regarding COVID-19, the Iowa Department of Public Health has made the decision to cancel the 43rd Annual Governor’s Conference on Substance Abuse. The 43rd Annual Governor’s Conference on Substance Abuse was scheduled to provide a preconference on April 20, with the conference on April 21-22. Both of these events are cancelled.

Person Centered Planning Preconference
Monday, April 20, 2020
Hy-Vee Hall, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, Iowa

Preregistration is required.

Click Here to download the Preconference Brochure.

The Person Centered Planning Preconference will precede the 43rd Annual Governor’s Conference on Substance Abuse on April 20, 2020. Person Centered Planning will be a day focused on how to improve person centered planning for individuals with substance use disorders and co-occurring conditions, specifically addressing brain injury, intimate partner violence, opioid use disorder and problem gambling. Registration will take place outside Room 101 in Hy-Vee Hall with the general session beginning in Room 101.


9:00-9:30 a.m.      Registration – Hy-Vee Hall Room 101

9:30-10:30 a.m.    Person Centered Planning 101
           Tiffany Conroy, Monica Wilke-Brown, David Hodgins, Diane Alber

10:30-10:40 a.m.   Break/visit exhibitors

10:40-11:40 a.m.    Person Centered Planning 102
           Tiffany Conroy, Monica Wilke-Brown, David Hodgins, Diane Alber

11:40-12:40 p.m.    Lunch

12:40-1:40 p.m.    Concurrent Session 1

12:40-1:40 p.m. Brain Injury 201, Anastasia B. Edmonston
12:40-1:40 p.m. Opioids and MAT 201, Misty Angrick
12:40-1:40 p.m. Intimate Partner Violence 201, Tiffany Conroy and Monica Goedken
12:40-1:40 p.m. Problem Gambling 201, David Hodgins

1:50-2:50 p.m.     Concurrent Session 2

1:50-2:50 p.m. Brain Injury 201 (Repeated), Anastasia B. Edmonston
1:50-2:50 p.m. Opioids and MAT 201 (Repeated), Misty Angrick
1:50-2:50 p.m. Intimate Partner Violence 201 (Repeated), Tiffany Conroy and Monica Goedken
1:50-2:50 p.m. Problem Gambling 201 (Repeated), David Hodgins

3:00-4:00 p.m.  Case Study Panel
           Anastasia Edmonston, Misty Angrick, Tiffany Conroy, David Hodgins

4:00 p.m.    Adjourn


Preconference Speakers

Dr. Diane Alber

Dr. Diane Alber has worked in the field of medical psychology for 37 years. She has worked with Mercy and Unity Point hospitals for pain management, eating disorders, substance abuse, medical rehabilitation. Transplant, oncology and brain injury. Dr. Alber has lectured in medical psychology and psychiatry at the University of Iowa and Des Moines University. She currently provides psychological and diagnostic consultations to Stoddard Cancer Center, Mercy Rehabilitation hospital, and On With Life. Dr. Alber has a BA, MSE, and Ed.D. from Drake University and post-doctoral work at Iowa State. She is a licensed psychologist and licensed mental health counselor.

Misty Angrick

Misty Angrick took her nursing career and passion for behavioral health care and pursued opportunities to expand access to care for patients across the state of Iowa. As the Medical Services Director at UCS Healthcare, Misty has lead the charge to expand medication assisted treatment units from one to 14 locations. These UCS Healthcare medication units are embedded within certified opioid use disorder treatment centers in Iowa where patients receive medication from UCS and therapy from the treatment partner. Recently Misty became CARF certified accreditation surveyor and will travel the country assisting agencies attain and maintain CARF standardization. She is a sought after speaker and frequently called on to share her expertise by other agencies, government partners and medical industry operations professionals. Misty holds a bachelor of science in human services from Upper Iowa University and a master of public administration degree from Drake University. She is a certified International Alcohol and Drug Counselor (IADC) and also holds associate degrees in human services and as a licensed practical nurse.

Tiffany Conroy, MSW, LISW

Tiffany Conroy, MSW, LISW is the Injury Prevention Program Manager at the Iowa Department of Public Health. In this role she serves as the lead staff of the Office of Disability, Injury and Violence Prevention and is the director of the Iowa Violent Death Reporting System and the Public Health Approaches to Violence Against Women Program. Prior to this role she was the Violence Prevention Coordinator at IDPH for two years, serving as Iowa’s Rape Prevention and Education director. Before joining IDPH she was a trauma therapist in Chicago for six years where she worked with children, youth and families affected by complex trauma and prenatal substance exposure. She specialized in sexual abuse and assault, and survivors of violent crime. She brings a trauma lens to the work that she’s doing in Iowa and is excited about the efforts being done to strengthen a foundation of trauma-informed care in the state.

David C. Hodgins, Ph.D.

David C. Hodgins, Ph.D., is a professor in the Program in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology, University of Calgary and a coordinator with the Alberta Gaming Research Institute. He is registered as a Clinical Psychologist in Alberta. His research interests focus on various aspects of addictive behaviours including relapse and recovery from substance abuse and gambling disorders. He has conducted a number of randomized clinical trials of both brief and more traditional addiction treatment models. He is director of the Addictive Behaviours Lab at the University of Calgary and maintains a private practice in Calgary in addition to providing consultation to a number of organizations internationally. Dr. Hodgins co-chairs the Scientific Working Group of the National Low Risk Gambling Guidelines development project.

Monica Wilke-Brown

Monica Wilke-Brown, LMSW, is the Project Director for the Opioid Response grants at the Iowa Department of Public Health. She has experience with several opioid grants as well as County Substance Abuse Prevention grants, the Iowa's Child Protection Centers' grants, and the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) grant, which integrated substance use screenings into primary care, other medical services, and the National Guard. Monica's prior experiences include HIV Prevention work as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, substance abuse and violence prevention services in central Iowa, and work with international students and immigrant groups in St. Louis. Monica spent ten years managing community-based programs at a Central-Iowa non-profit prior to joining the Department. Monica received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and her Masters of Social Work degree from the Brown School, at Washington University in St. Louis.