Addiction and the Urban Child
Urban Child Symposium - April 6, 2017
Angelos Law Center - Moot Courtroom - 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Substance use disorders affect over 20 million Americans ages 12 and older. In addition, more than 8 million adults struggle with both addiction and a mental health disorder. Over 60 percent of teens report that drugs are sold, used or kept at their schools. Family dysfunction is one of the major tragic consequences of addiction, including financial and legal problems, child abuse and neglect, and domestic violence. Yet only 10 percent of those who need drug treatment receive it. Many of the remaining millions are involved in the justice system for reasons directly and indirectly related to their substance use disorders.
In its ninth Urban Child Symposium, the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts brings together experts at the front lines of this critical national issue to examine the science of addiction, as well as the connections between substance use disorders and the legal, social and economic problems faced by urban families. The symposium also explores ways in which our communities can help address the problems faced by families and children whose lives are affected by substance use disorders and dependence.
8:30 – 9 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Ronald Weich , Dean, University of Baltimore School of Law
Barbara Babb , Associate Professor of Law and Director, Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts
9:15 – 10 a.m. Keynote Address
Bridget Brennan , Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York
10:15 a.m.– 12 noon Panel One: The Science of Addiction
Panelists will examine the most recent neuroscience research regarding the impact of drugs and alcohol on the brain. They will discuss the disease model of addiction and its characterization as a chronic relapsing disorder. The panel also will address the connections between substance dependence and legal, social and economic problems.
Dr. Hoover Adger , Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Mike Gimbel , President, Mike Gimbel Associates, LLC
The Hon. Ronald Silkworth , Chief Judge, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court
Ivette Torres , Director, Office of Consumer Affairs, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Gloria Danziger , Senior Fellow, Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts
12 noon – 1:15 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
1:15 – 2 p.m. Keynote Address
Peter Bruun , Founder, New Day Campaign
2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Panel Two: The Community’s Response to Addiction
Panelists will identify the unique challenges faced by families struggling with substance abuse. They will propose ways in which the legal, health, education and civic communities can help address the problems faced by families and children who suffer from substance dependence.
Olivia Farrow , Deputy Health Commissioner, Baltimore City Health Department
Dr. Marc Fishman , Medical Director, Maryland Treatment Centers, and Assistant Director, Johns Hopkins University Department of Psychiatry
V. Glenn Fueston, Jr., Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention
Vanita Taylor , Chief Attorney, Children in Need of Assistance (CINA) Division, Office of the Public Defender, Baltimore
Michele Hong-Polansky, Program Manager, Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks, Collection of Evaluations and Thanks