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Gregory X. Boehm, MD, DFASAM

Candidate for Region IV Director

Biography and Statement

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1. What are your greatest contributions to ASAM and the field of addiction medicine?

My greatest contribution to the field of Addiction Medicine has been to serve as Medical Director for the past 16 years at Y-Haven residential treatment for homeless men and women with severe SUD. Each patient receives a counselor, a sponsor and then works for 3 months in daily IOP group and individual therapy together with 12 Step Facilitation. These initial 3 months are followed by weekly individual and group after care for up to 2 years. While in after care, they participate in vocational counseling, certified apprenticeships, find jobs, and have the opportunity to complete GED or College Associates Degree.

For the past two years I extended this work to include men and women in Salvation Army's Early Release Program from Ohio prisons and jails. This residential treatment aims to address the critical period after prison when the OD death rate is 17 times higher than any other time period. This recovery treatment is especially gratifying because not only do these men and women appreciate a chance to speak with a Psychiatrist / Addictionologist, but also because the vast majority are extremely motivated to turn their lives around.

The patients' stories and accomplishments are truly inspiring. The group therapy is intensive while providing unforgettable education for the rotating medical students and residents from 5 different medical specialties.

This experience often motivates medical residents and students to volunteer additional time and perhaps more importantly to listen and learn from patients in early recovery.

I believe this experience is one of the best ways to help educate, to change attitudes, and motivate medical students and residents to learn more about providing care to patients with severe SUD.

2. How would your election benefit ASAM and the field of addiction medicine?

What I would do if elected? If elected, first I would have more impact in advocacy to fund, develop and standardize medication treatment for SUD in all prisons and jails, and It is essential to expand this recovery work to the first 3 months following release and beyond. The stress to secure housing and work after prison makes this time period especially challenging to recovery. The goal is to standardize treatment and offer it universally for inmates in all correction facilities. Where SUD treatment programs currently exist for inmates, recidivism and crime are reduced by more than 60-70%, while saving over four times the cost of incarceration.

This need for Medication treatment for SUD in all prisons and Early-Release Programs is a high priority that must be articulated, advocated and funded. If elected, I would be able to increase my impact to establish recovery treatment during and after prison.

Secondly, I would continue my work to obtain educational grants and private funding for medical student and resident physicians training in addiction medicine. This residential treatment for homeless men and women with severe SUD is one of the best classrooms for developing the knowledge and listening skills for physicians while still in training. The respect in their changed attitudes is rewarding, and the practice skills they acquire will contribute immensely to SUD treatment for future patients.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Boehm has worked as Medical Director of detox/inpatient addiction facilities since his residency and child/adolescent fellowship in 1980. Since 2003, he has served as Medical Director of Y-Haven, a Residential Treatment Program for homeless, alcoholic or addicted men. Already board-certified in Psychiatry and Child/adolescent Psychiatry, he received and has maintained his board certification in Addiction Medicine in 2006, and he obtained his buprenorphine waiver at that time. He was ABAM recertified in 2014. He became a Fellow of the American Society for Addiction Medicine in 2015.

"He became ABPM certified in Addiction Medicine in 2020."

His teaching appointments include 5 years as Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Director of Psychopharmacology for the Child/adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Case Medical School in the early 1990's. Residents in psychiatry and family medicine rotate with him, as he has continued on faculty since 1991 at Case Medical School. In his private practice, he started and maintains the only IOP exclusively for pregnant, addicted women, one of the programs participating in the State of Ohio's demonstration project, the MOMS grant.

"In 2017, he became Psychiatrist for Salvation Army's Early-Prison Release Program and Human-Trafficking Survivors Program. The same year, he became a CARF Certified surveyor credentialing Addiction Treatment programs as well as being appointed to the ADAMHS Board, the county Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board."