Office Based Addiction Treatment Training and Technical Assistance (OBAT TTA)

A Resource for Healthcare and Social Services Professionals

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Colleen LaBelle
Colleen LaBelle

Colleen LaBelle, MSN, RN-BC, CARN

Colleen is the Director of OBAT Training and Technical Assistance and of the Opioid Addiction Treatment ECHO at BMC. She oversees all the training and technical assistance activities of the OBAT team. Colleen is the director and founder of the BMC OBAT clinic and developed the Massachusetts Model of office-based addiction treatment. Colleen has over 30 years of clinical experience treating HIV and addiction and over a decade of experience advising health care organizations on how to build addiction treatment into their programs. She is the program director of State Technical Assistance, Treatment Expansion of Office Based Addiction Treatment (STATE OBAT) and is a member of the Massachusetts Board of Nursing and Governor Charlie Baker's Opioid Working Task Force. Colleen is a board director of the International Nurses Society on Addiction (IntNSA); she founded and serves as Executive Director of the Massachusetts IntNSA Chapter. In recognition of her work to improve and expand treatments for patients with addiction, Colleen received the 2017 Betty Ford Award from AMERSA, the 2016 Lillian Carter Exemplary Acts in Nursing Award from Modern Healthcare in partnership with the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility at the Emory University School of Nursing, the 2013 Boston Mayor's Award for Innovations in Primary Care, and many other awards. Colleen holds board certifications in addiction nursing and pain management.

Donna Beers
Donna Beers

Donna Beers MSN, RN-BC, CARN

Donna is the Associate Director of the State Technical Assistance and Treatment Expansion of Office Based Addiction Treatment (STATE OBAT) and of the OBAT clinic at Boston Medical Center. She has a leadership role directing the training and technical assistance provided by the OBAT team and is an expert panelist on the OBAT ECHO Hub Team. Before joining OBAT TTA, Donna led a practice transformation initiative at Boston Medical Center to integrate safe opioid prescribing practices into primary care, expanding tools from a NIDA-funded trial into an interdisciplinary, practice-wide program designed to improve the health care experience for both the patient and provider, and to improve the safety of patients and the community. She has over 30 years' experience in addiction, mental health, and pain management nursing, with expertise in overdose prevention education, risk reduction, and practice transformation. Donna is a past president and current board member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the International Nurses Society on Addictions. Donna holds a BSN from Loyola University of Chicago and an MSN from Saint Xavier University. She is board certified in addictions nursing and pain management nursing.

Lexie Bergeron
Lexie Bergeron

Lexie Bergeron, MPH, LCSW

Lexie is the Operations Manager for OBAT Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) at Boston Medical Center. Lexie develops systems and tools for delivering technical assistance and assists community organizations to identify their TTA needs. She advises community health centers on clinic administration and protocols related to providing substance use disorder treatment in a primary care setting. Lexie has 10 years' experience as the Program Manager of BMC's OBAT Clinic responsible for day-to-day administration. As Program Manager, Lexie established collaborative relationships with community agencies and was often the initial point of contact for new patients. She also managed data collection for the STATE OBAT B Grant, working with Community Health Centers throughout Massachusetts to report on their programmatic and patient data once they had implemented the Massachusetts Model of nurse care management. Lexie received her BA from Brown University and her MPH and MSW from Columbia University in New York City.

Danna E. Gobel
Danna E. Gobel

Danna E. Gobel, MSW

Danna is the Coordinator and Co-Facilitator of the Opioid Addiction Treatment ECHO at Boston Medical Center (BMC). Danna interfaces with community health centers, health care professionals, specialists, and OBAT staff to ensure the operations of the bi-monthly teleECHO clinics with BMC experts. Danna has been managing educational and nonprofit programming for over 20 years. Prior to joining BMC, Danna worked with youth and families in under-resourced communities in Chicago. She also worked as a clinician in community health centers in the city. In 2008, Danna moved to Cairo, Egypt to provide clinical and psychosocial support to refugees fleeing such places as Sudan, Iraq, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. Danna holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, and a Graduate Diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies from The American University in Cairo. She has recently been certified in Social Justice Mediation.

Stacey Mitchell
Stacey Mitchell

Stacey Mitchell

Stacey is the Administrative Assistant to Project Director Colleen LaBelle and to the OBAT Clinical Team at Boston Medical Center. Stacey coordinates trainings and other events, managing registrations, room setup, and preparation of training materials and supplies, and has over 3 years' experience supporting the BMC OBAT clinic operations. Stacey also maintains the Treatment and Referrals Hotline for the State of Massachusetts. As the primary Hotline representative, Stacey speaks to callers seeking treatment for opioid use disorders about what kind of treatment they are looking for and provides information about the treatment options accessible to them in their local area. Prior to joining BMC OBAT, Stacey worked at multiple community-based health centers in the greater Boston area.

Melissa Mitchell
Melissa Mitchell

Melissa Mitchell

Melissa Mitchell is the Data Coordinator for OBAT Training and Technical Assistance at Boston Medical Center. Melissa receives all of the required Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) forms submitted by OBAT grant-funded programs across the state and enters them into the state database. She reviews the forms for completeness and contacts programs to obtain missing information. Melissa provides technical assistance to programs in the correct completion of the DPH forms in order to facilitate the collection of complete and accurate data on office-based addiction treatment services statewide. Melissa maintains databases that track the patients enrolled at each individual clinical site and monitors the receipt of the required paperwork for each patient. Melissa has been with BMC OBAT for over 10 years.

Ivan Montoya
Ivan Montoya

Ivan Montoya

Ivan is a Graduate Research Assistant for OBAT Training and Technical Assistance at Boston Medical Center. He assists with special projects, research, and evaluation of OBAT TTA and ECHO data. Ivan concurrently works as a research assistant for Boston Medical Center's OB/GYN department. Before joining the OBAT TTA team, he worked with the University of Michigan's School of Public Health as a research assistant for the Epidemiology and Biostatistics department. Ivan holds a Bachelor's degree in International Studies with a focus on Global Health from the University of Michigan and is a current Master's of Public Health candidate, concentrating on Epidemiology and Biostatistics, at Boston University's School of Public Health.

Aislinn O'Keefe
Aislinn O'Keefe

Aislinn O'Keefe, MBA

Aislinn is the Business and Performance Manager for OBAT Training and Technical Assistance at Boston Medical Center. Aislinn manages program budgets and spending, and coordinates relationships with consultants and suppliers. She develops program financial projections to ensure OBAT has the resources to provide the assistance most needed by community-based treatment programs. Prior to joining the team at BMC, Aislinn coordinated technical assistance to family services agencies. She also has experience evaluating substance use disorder and HIV/AIDS treatment programs. She is skilled in data collection and management and has expertise in the cultural and economic factors that influence access to health care. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from McGill University and received her Master's in Business Administration from Vanderbilt.

Annie Potter
Annie Potter

Annie Potter, MSN, MPH, NP, CARN-AP

Annie is a Clinical Educator with the State Technical Assistance and Treatment Expansion of Office Based Addiction Treatment (STATE OBAT) at Boston Medical Center. Annie educates and supports health care providers on best practices in the treatment of substance use disorders. She also serves as an expert on the Opioid Addiction Treatment ECHO team providing opioid addiction training and mentoring to health centers across the country. Her areas of clinical expertise in addition to treatment of substance use include: HIV, Hepatitis C, family planning and LGBTQ health care. Annie holds a Masters of Nursing from The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and a Masters of Public Health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to joining Boston Medical Center, Annie practiced at a community health center where she helped establish and served as the clinical lead for the first walk-in HIV treatment and prevention program in Baltimore City. She is board certified in addictions and holds specialty certifications for treatment of HIV and Hepatitis C.

Deva Taylor
Deva Taylor

Deva Taylor

Deva is the Program Assistant for OBAT Training and Technical Assistance at Boston Medical Center. Deva assists with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of conferences and training events hosted by OBAT. She provides technical assistance and evaluation data synthesis pertaining to BMC's Massachusetts OBAT ECHO. Deva also coordinates activities related to OBAT's role in the PROUD Clinical Trials Network study, based out of Kaiser Permanente in Washington State, measuring the efficacy of expanding the Massachusetts model of addiction treatment nationally. Before joining the OBAT TTA team, she worked with Boston University's School of Medicine as an administrative assistant for both their Internal Medicine Residency Program and Research Occupational Health Program. Deva recently graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's degree in Health Science and a minor in Medical Anthropology.

Alicia Ventura
Alicia Ventura

Alicia Ventura, MPH

Alicia is the Director of Special Projects and Research, Office Based Addiction Treatment at Boston Medical Center. Alicia focuses on expanding the growing portfolio of projects that fall under BMC's OBAT Program to build the capacity of healthcare providers to provide high-quality, evidence-based care to people with addiction at the local, state and national level. Alicia is responsible for overseeing the evaluation of OBAT programs to ensure high quality services are provided and to identify any gaps and areas of need. She is also responsible for overseeing all research related to BMC's OBAT Program and ensuring results are disseminated widely. Alicia has 15 years of experience working in the healthcare system, including the provision of direct patient care. Alicia has overseen implementation of large NIH-funded research studies, and managed the development, implementation, and evaluation of clinical and public health programs related to addiction, behavioral health, and reproductive healthcare. She has also published in numerous peer-reviewed journals on reproductive health, HIV and addiction-related topics.

Kristin Wason
Kristin Wason

Kristin Wason, MSN, NP-C, CARN

Kristin is a Technical Assistance Specialist in Office Based Addiction Treatment at Boston Medical Center. Kristin advises and supports community health centers on the integration of the Massachusetts Model of nurse care management into their practice. She also educates clinical staff on best practices in the treatment of substance use disorders. Kristin is an expert on the Opioid Addiction Treatment ECHO team, providing opioid addiction training and mentoring to health centers across the country. Kristin achieved her MSN, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner degree from Salem State University. She is certified in addictions nursing through the Addictions Nursing Certification Board. Prior to her work on the TTA team and ECHO, Kristin worked for 7 years as a Nurse Care Manager in Boston Medical Center's multidisciplinary OBAT program, medically managing patients with opioid use disorders and alcohol use disorders.