Welcome to Day 2 of the Governor’s Conference on Substance Abuse
Kimberly Nelson (Kim) is the Regional Administrator for the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for Region VII which includes Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. Kim is a licensed addictions counselor with a master’s degree in public administration; she has worked in the behavioral health field since 1992. Her initial work focused on addiction services, in community-based settings for women and children in residential programs. She then moved into work with criminal justice clients in community-based residential and outpatient settings, as well as with prison-based therapeutic communities.
Later, Kim worked for the State of Kansas with the Addiction and Prevention Services Division as the Medicaid Coordinator, and then the Director of Managed Care for the Behavioral Health and Disabilities division in the state, helping to implement a statewide comprehensive managed care system.
View Kimberly Nelson’s PowerPoint Presentation
SAMHSA Training and Technical Assistance Resources
MHTTC Resources for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Wellness
PTTC Resources for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Wellness
Eric M. Preuss, M.A., IAADC, CCS, LICDC is the Your Life Iowa (YLI) Project Director for the Bureau of Substance Abuse at the Iowa Department of Public Health and has been with the Department since 2010. Eric provides daily functional oversight of the YLI project which includes helpline, website, health promotion, and quality assurance/data integrity activities. Additionally, Eric served as the problem gambling services manager in Iowa from 2013-2021 and served on the Board of Directors for National Association of Administrators of Disordered Gambling Services (NAADGS) for 7 years, and the Iowa Board of Certification. Prior to joining IDPH, Eric spent over 20 years as a counselor, educator, and leader in the areas of substance use disorder treatment and homelessness. He holds a Master’s degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.