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The 2023 National Rural Institute on Alcohol, Drugs, and Addictions

June 25-29


The 2023 National Rural Institute on Alcohol, Drugs, and Addictions is almost here!

We are so excited to welcome you back to Menomonie or to the Virtual Rural from June 25th-29th!


Spotlight On LGBTQi+ Care


We are so excited to continue our tradition of partnering with NALGAP (The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies) to provide training specific to care for the LGBTQi+ community. This year, we have two tracks and a special topic focusing on care for the LGBTQi+ community, totaling nine hours of training for interested attendees. We've highlighted presenters who will be speaking on these topics below.

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Philip T. McCabe (He/Him/His)

Track 7: "Trauma Informed Care with LGBTQ Survivors"

Monday, June 26, 10:15-4:00
Track 13, Part 1: "Integrating Cultural Competency and Trauma Informed Care to Reduce Health Disparities."

Tuesday, June 27, 10:15-11:15

Philip T. McCabe CSW, CAS, CDVC, DRCC is a Certified Social Worker, Nationally Certified Addiction Specialist in the areas of Compulsive Gambling, Sexual Addiction, Alcoholism, Tobacco, and Other Drugs. A Certified Domestic Violence Counselor and Disaster Response Crisis Counselor. He is a Health Education Specialist for Rutgers School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Workforce Development, an adjunct instructor for Rutgers School of Nursing...

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James "JJ" Johnson (He/Him/His)

Track 13, Part 2: "SUD and Older Adults"

Tuesday, June 27, 11:30-12:30

James Johnson Jr. (“JJ”), BS, LADC, NCAC II, SAP, is in private practice at Hope Recovery Services. He was employed as an SUD Counselor at Mayo Health System in LaCrosse Wisconsin from 1991-2001. During that time, he served in developing treatment and recovery services for six in the Moscow Oblast. From 2001-2014, he managed the New Ulm Medical Center’s SUD Services. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 2009 from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota. Since 2014, Johnson has been employed in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN at various SUD treatment programs. Johnson has been a member of NALGAP since 1995. From 2002-2014, he served as the President of the Minnesota NAADAC Affiliate. From 2016-2021, he served as the NAADAC North Central RVP.

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Gus Raymond (He/Him/His)

Track 13, Part 3: "Experiences of a transman in living in rural Iowa and working as a clinician and counselor"

Tuesday, June 27, 1:30-2:30
Special Topic 8: "A growing rural wellness issue: the two-fold problem of a general lack of resources, and a lack of culturally responsive resources"
Tuesday, June 27, 4:15-5:15

Gus Raymond is a consultant and professional speaker with over seven years of experience in education and consultation work in the field of justice, equity, inclusion & belonging, focusing on immigrant/refugee and LGBTQ+ populations. A previous Fellow with the Minority Fellowship Program (NAADAC & NBCCF), Gus is a recognized community leader and public speaker with expertise in advocacy, LGBTQ+ rights issues, cultural awareness, mentorship, substance use awareness, and clinical and educational strategies for building inclusion and belonging for underserved and never served populations.

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Austen Ott (They/Them/Theirs)

Track 13, Part 4: "Rural/Urban Differences in Health and Health Care Access for LGBTQ Adults"

Tuesday, June 27, 3:00-4:00

Austen Ott is a third-year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School. They have worked as a Research Assistant with the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center on projects related to health and healthcare access for rural LGBTQ+ adults, including transgender and gender noncomforming populations. As part of their medical training, Austen is a student in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP), a community-based, longitudinal clinical experience designed to prepare future physicians for a career in rural primary care. Austen received a B.S. in Neuroscience and B.A. in Spanish Literature from Indiana University. Their career interests include increasing health care access for rural LGBTQ+ populations, farmworker and migrant worker health justice, and community-centered family medicine.

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Joe Amico (He/Him/His)

Track 13, Facilitator

Tuesday, June 27, 10:15-4:00

Joe Amico is an international speaker and trainer on LGBTQi+ addiction issues, Vice President of NRADAN (National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network), Past President of NALGAP (The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies), Past President of SASH (Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health), member of NAADAC’s LGBTQi+ Subcommittee, and an ordained United Church of Christ clergy serving as Senior Pastor of Tabernacle Congregational Church in Salem, MA. Joe has been a consultant, writer and reviewer for SAMSHA’s publications including A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals.

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Don't miss out on this year's conference!

This is only a brief snapshot of what The Rural has to offer! This year's conference provides up to 23 credit hours of live training with 120 available on demand after the close of the Institute.

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