Substance Use Disorder Treatment Symposium
Human Trafficking and Ethics

Provided By: Kansas Association of Addiction Professionals
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

8:45-9:15 a.m.


9:15-9:30 a.m.

Deb Stidham, KAAP Chair

9:30-11:00 a.m.
(1.5 CEU) 

Marc Bennett, Sedgwick County District Attorney

Before his election to the position of District Attorney, Marc Bennett was a Deputy District Attorney and served in the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office for 15 years where he supervised the prosecution of sex crimes, human trafficking (and filed the first Human Trafficking case in Kansas), domestic violence and elder abuse. Mr. Bennett completed his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and his Juris Doctor degree from Washburn University.

Mr. Bennett is a member of the board of directors of the Exploited and Missing Child Unit (EMCU); the COMCARE Community Partners; the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC); the National District Attorneys Association, the Sedgwick County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coalition and past president of the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association and was named Kansas Prosecutor of the Year by the organization in 2018. He is a past board member of the Sedgwick County Child Advocacy Center. He is an appointee to the Kansas Prosecutor’s Grievance and Ethics Committee.

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
(1.0 CEU) 

Jennifer Montgomery, President, Freedom Now USA

Description: Human trafficking, a modern form of slavery, is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. It is based on recruiting, harboring and transporting people for the purposes of exploitation. Health care professionals are in a unique position to identify and help minor and adult victims of human trafficking. This presentation will provide specific red flags for health care professionals, sample assessments and protocols, discuss vulnerabilities and review common behavioral health and substance abuse/misuse issues often present in victims of human trafficking.

Jennifer Montgomery began working on human trafficking issues in the office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2013. She currently leads the attorney general’s anti-human trafficking efforts as Director of Human Trafficking Education and Outreach. She is an author and has provided presentations and trainings on human trafficking to health care professionals, law enforcement officers, school administrators, members of the business community, students, faith community and non-profit leaders and members of the public. Additionally, she has served as a guest instructor for undergraduate and graduate level courses on social justice and human trafficking at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth and the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Through her life experience and professional work, Jennifer is a passionate advocate for women and girls who have experienced sexual abuse and exploitation. Jennifer also serves as the public affairs director for the attorney general’s office. A fifth generation Kansan and KU graduate, she returned to Kansas after working in Washington, D.C., as a congressional staffer for the Kansas delegation and holding various positions in government affairs and public relations in the U.S. and Europe.

Jennifer volunteers as a Shawnee County CASA Citizen’s Review Board member and as a mentor with the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute at the University of Kansas. She is currently president of the board of directors of Freedom Now USA, an antihuman trafficking non-profit organization affiliated with the Topeka Rescue Mission.

12:15-1:00 p.m.

LUNCH & NETWORKING (lunch provided)

1:00-4:00 p.m.

Steve Denny, LSCSW, LCAC; Clinical Director, Four County Mental Health Center

Steve Denny has worked professionally in the field behavioral health since 2002 and been employed by Four County Mental Health Center since 2005. He currently serves as Director of Clinical Services, which includes oversight of general outpatient services, crisis services, and substance abuse services. He has supervised special projects serving targeted populations in geriatric mental health, early childhood mental health services, at risk dual diagnosis populations, and served on multiple community and state organizations. Steve is the former Chair of KAAP and is involved in several state initiatives to improve Substance Use Disorder and Co-Occurring treatment in Kansas.

4:00 p.m.  ADJOURN


The Pavilion at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center
1701 E. 23rd Avenue, Hutchinson, KS 67502

COST (includes lunch)
$50 for KAAP members
$75 for non-members
$25 for students

5.5 CEUs Available, 3 Ethics!

A block of rooms is available in Hutchinson for Monday, September 30th at the Holiday Inn Express at a rate of $104. Please call 620.259.8656 to make reservations, the room cut off is September 16. 

Holiday Inn Express
911 Porter ST
Hutchinson, KS 67501

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