Summit for Opioid Addiction and Response (SOAR)
Aug. 1 – 2, 2019
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Student Union, 1502 Cumberland Avenue

Day One: Aug. 1


8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Randy Boyd, UT interim president
Brian Noland, ETSU president
Monty Burks, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Drugs, Overdose and Suicide Trends
Tommy Farmer, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Dissolving the Stigma

Moderator: Judge Paul G. Summers


  • Jan Clift, survivor
  • Clark Flatt, president, The Jason Foundation, Inc.
  • Dr. Stephen Loyd, medical director, JourneyPure
  • David Rausch, director, Tennessee Bureau of Investigations
  • Judge Duane Slone, circuit court judge, 4th Judicial District

Dissolving the Stigma Video on YouTube

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
Chronic Brain Disorder
Dr. Stephen Loyd, medical director, JourneyPure

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
State Response – Part 1

Moderator: Dr. Rob Pack


  • Keith Gaither, director of managed care operations, TennCare
  • Dr. Lisa Piercey, commissioner, Department of Health
  • Matt Yancey, deputy commissioner, Community Behavioral Health Programs, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services


11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Keynote:
Economic Impact of Opioids

Matt Harris, UT Knoxville, Haslam College of Business

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
State Response – Part 2

Moderator: Rob Pack


  • Jim Casey, director of behavioral Health Services, Tennessee Department of Corrections
  • Jennifer Nichols, commissioner, Department of Children’s Services
  • Jeff Long, commissioner, Department of Safety and Homeland Security
  • Darren DeArmond, assistant special agent in charge, Tennessee Bureau of Investigations


State Response Panel 2 Video on YouTube

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Federal Government Response

Moderator: Judge Duane Slone


  • Betty-Ann Bryce, public health, education, and treatment – rural lead, Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Michael King, regional administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


3:30 – 3:45 p.m.

3:45 – 4:15 p.m.
Power of Collective Impact
Karen Pershing, Metropolitan Drug Coalition

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Addressing the Crisis Through Long-Standing Community-University Partnerships
Rob Pack, ETSU




Day Two: Aug. 2


Option 1 – Mayors’ All4Knox Summit

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs and City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero

9:15 a.m.
DEA 360 Strategy
Brett R. Pritts, assistant special agent in charge, Drug Enforcement Administration Nashville District Office

9:30 a.m.
The Science of Addiction
Dr. Stephen Loyd, medical director, JourneyPure

9:45 a.m.
Dr. Martha Buchanan, director, Knox County Health Department

10:00 a.m.
Vision and Process
Karen Pershing, executive director, Metro Drug Coalition

10:15 a.m.
Keynote Speaker
Heather Starbuck, Matt Adams Foundation

10:35 a.m
Introduction of community sectors

10:45 a.m.
Community sector breakout sessions

11:45 a.m.
What’s next

12:00 p.m.
Networking lunch



Option 2 – Statewide Discussions

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Networking breakfast

9:00 a.m.
One Collaborative Voice
Carla Saunders, One Tennessee

10:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m.
Best Practice Showcase

12:00 p.m.
Working Sector Lunch

2:00 p.m.


Day 2 Presentations

All titles below link to presentation slides in PDF format: