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    Siouxland Mental Health Hosting Conference on Cutting Edge Education About Mental Health and Addictions

    Siouxland Mental Health will be hosting a conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center to elevate the conversation about mental health and addictive drugs to professionals, clients and family advocates. The conference, which offers continuing education credits (CEs), will provide information on opioid and other addictive drugs in the Siouxland area, discuss the importance of HIPAA regulations in the workplace and educate on the positive aspects of emotional intelligence for the population being served.

    Guest speakers include Linda Kalin, Executive Director of the Iowa Statewide Poison Center; Gary Jones, attorney and founder of Midwest Compliance Associates (MCA); and Brenda Clark Hamilton, founder of Fresh Coffee Professional Growth Programs.

    Kalin has over 25 years of experience in clinical toxicology and poison center activities and became Iowa’s first certified specialist in poison information back in 1989. She is an adjunct faculty member and preceptor for the University of Iowa and Drake’s College of Pharmacy and was awarded Preceptor of the Year from both pharmacy schools. Kalin is a frequent lecturer and speaker on topics involving drugs of abuse.

    Jones has been an attorney for over 25 years and has spent most of the last 15 years focusing on the needs of facilities and agencies in the human services field.  He founded MCA to help providers through the maze of compliance regulations that seems to become more complicated every year so they can do what they do best, take care of people.

    Hamilton is a dynamic workplace trainer and speaker who provides fresh perspectives in leadership, communication skills, customer service, sales, conflict resolution, change management, creating a positive work environment, and maximizing one’s personal and professional potential.

    Siouxland Mental Health has been hosting an annual conference for more than 20 years. Tickets are $65 each. To register or for more information about this one-day conference that is sponsored by UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s and United Healthcare, go to

    About Siouxland Mental Health

    Siouxland Mental Health Center (SMHC) is a nonprofit community mental health center that provides a comprehensive range of mental health services for the evaluation and treatment of people of all ages experiencing mental illness, individual or family emotional distress, and overwhelmingly stressful circumstance. Founded in 1969, SMHC serves all individuals within Woodbury County for the treatment of mental illness. While the main SMHC facility is located in an urban neighborhood of Sioux City, SMHC has partnered with several agencies in the community to establish alternative sites to increase accessibility to mental health care. This includes having mental health therapists stationed within the Sioux City School District, Western Iowa Tech, and Juvenile Court Services. Siouxland Mental Health Center also stations a Care Coordinator in both hospitals, Mercy Medical and UnityPoint Health Systems, to assist patients with mental illness in receiving services within the community and to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and Emergency Room visit. For more information go to

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