Governor Doug Burgum, wearing a black suit coat and jeans, stands to the right of First Lady Kathryn Burgum, wearing a white jacket and jeans, in front of a screen with a picture of an award that says Hope, Dream, Act.

WHAT: Third Annual Recovery Reinvented

The daylong event will feature state and national addiction and recovery experts who will focus on reinventing recovery by empowering communities to take action, creating recovery-friendly workplace environments, and eliminating the stigma surrounding the disease of addiction.

The event will also include an Empowerment Expo, which will connect people to extensive addiction, recovery, and mental health organizations and resources from across the state. Information and resources will be available to family members to help guide conversations around addiction and recovery. Recovery Reinvented awards will honor local individuals and groups that are making a tremendous impact in the field of addiction and recovery.

Local stories of recovery from across North Dakota will be highlighted throughout the day as well.

WHEN: November 12, 2019

WHERE: Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck, ND

WHO IS INVITED: Governor Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum are inviting the general public, Native American communities, business and community leaders, behavioral health providers, university and college representatives, health care providers and administrators, addiction recovery advocates, faith-based communities, first responders, law enforcement, families and more to join them for Recovery Reinvented.

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

Gary Mendell, the founder and CEO of Shatterproof, a national nonprofit focused on reversing the course of the addiction crisis in America. After losing his son Brian to addiction in 2011, Mendell founded Shatterproof to spare other families the tragedy his had suffered. Since founding Shatterproof in 2012, Mendell has been a national leader in the addiction space, creating solutions that will create more access to treatment for opioid and substance use disorders, including the creation of the Shatterproof National Principles of Care to guide providers, payers and patients to quality treatment. He advocates for state and federal policy changes and soon will be launching a national strategy and call to action to address stigma related to opioid and substance use Disorders.

Carol McDaid, principal at Capitol Decisions Inc. in Washington, D.C. As a person in long-term recovery with over 25 years of federal legislative experience in Washington, McDaid brings a breadth of knowledge and policy expertise in combatting the disease of addiction and supporting recovery. McDaid played a strong role in the passing of landmark legislation requiring insurers to treat addiction, mental and physical health problems equally. Having established one of Virginia’s leading peer-to-peer recovery community organizations with her husband, her experience will translate how to effectively engage communities to support recovery.

Dr. Leander “Russ” McDonald is the current president of United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. McDonald is an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Nation and a proud descendant of the Sahnish, Hidatsa, and Hunkpapa Nations. Prior to beginning his role as president of UTTC in 2014, McDonald served as chairman for the Spirit Lake Nation and was an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health.  His published research focused on Native elders’ health risks and disparities, American Indian veterans’ access to health care, and American Indians’ behavior risk factors. An example of the power of recovery, McDonald is a person in long-term recovery for 25 years after going through treatment 16 times.

TENTATIVE AGENDA:

7:00 am – 5:00 pm:

Empowerment Expo Open

Morning session:

– Welcome

– Keynote #1

– Keynote #2

Lunch (Empowerment Expo Booths Available)

Afternoon session:

– Keynote #3

– Recovery Panel

– Closing

REGISTRATION & EVENT INFORMATION: Registration for Recovery Reinvented will open on September 3, and event information is available at recoveryreinvented.com with additional updates being shared on Facebook @GovernorDougBurgum and @FirstLadyND and Twitter @DougBurgum and @FirstLadyND. The Behavioral Health Conference will be held the following days on November 13-15, also at the Bismarck Event Center.

Speakers

Gary Mendell

Gary Mendell, the founder and CEO of Shatterproof, a national nonprofit focused on reversing the course of the addiction crisis in America. After losing his son Brian to addiction in 2011, Mendell founded Shatterproof to spare other families the tragedy his had suffered. Since founding Shatterproof in 2012, Mendell has been a national leader in the addiction space, creating solutions that will create more access to treatment for opioid and substance use disorders, including the creation of the Shatterproof National Principles of Care to guide providers, payers and patients to quality treatment. He advocates for state and federal policy changes and soon will be launching a national strategy and call to action to address stigma related to opioid and substance use Disorders.

Carol McDaid

Carol McDaid, principal at Capitol Decisions Inc. in Washington, D.C. As a person in long-term recovery with over 25 years of federal legislative experience in Washington, McDaid brings a breadth of knowledge and policy expertise in combatting the disease of addiction and supporting recovery. McDaid played a strong role in the passing of landmark legislation requiring insurers to treat addiction, mental and physical health problems equally. Having established one of Virginia’s leading peer-to-peer recovery community organizations with her husband, her experience will translate how to effectively engage communities to support recovery.

Dr. Leander "Russ" McDonald

Dr. Leander “Russ” McDonald is the current president of United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. McDonald is an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Nation and a proud descendant of the Sahnish, Hidatsa, and Hunkpapa Nations. Prior to beginning his role as president of UTTC in 2014, McDonald served as chairman for the Spirit Lake Nation and was an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health. His published research focused on Native elders’ health risks and disparities, American Indian veterans’ access to health care, and American Indians’ behavior risk factors. An example of the power of recovery, McDonald is a person in long-term recovery for 25 years after going through treatment 16 times.

Partners & Sponsors

Interested in Becoming a Sponsor for Recovery Reinvented 2019? Email info@recoveryreinvented.com and we will follow-up with you!

Interested in Becoming a Sponsor for Recovery Reinvented 2019?

Email info@recoveryreinvented.com and we will follow-up with you!

To express interest in volunteering at Recovery Reinvented 2019, please fill out the following form. You will be contacted at a later date:

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Stories to Stop Stigma

The disease of addiction impacts almost every family, business, and community in North Dakota. But the power and hope of recovery can inspire reinvention and growth. This year, we may choose to highlight and celebrate local recovery stories from our communities during, and leading up to, Recovery Reinvented. We encourage people with an addiction and recovery story to provide their name, contact information, and a brief summary of their story (a couple sentences is fine), to provide us the opportunity to follow up with you as needed. We will never use your name or story without a follow-up conversation to confirm. Filling out the form is simply a way to get connected!

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Recovery Reinvented 2019 is a free event and registration will be opened on September 3.