Brent Kelsey, Assistant Director of Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental health, will discuss the incidence and prevalence of opioid misuse among the elderly in Utah. The presenter will also provide instruction on what communities can to do reduce opioid misuse and provide specific recommendations to help people find care for addictions.
About Brent Kelsey
Brent Kelsey is the Assistant Director for the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH). In this position, he administers public substance use disorder prevention and treatment services. Brent has held this position since 2005. Prior to his current position, Brent was the Justice Program Manager responsible for Drug Courts and other programs designed to ensure that Utahans involved with the criminal justice system have access to effective treatment.
In 2004, Brent was chosen to receive the Governor’s Award from the Utah Substance Abuse and Anti-Violence Coordinating Council for outstanding contributions to the substance abuse field. Brent works closely with policy makers and has served on the Justice Reinvestment Initiative Implementation Committee, The Commission on Criminal Justice, and the Utah Substance Abuse Advisory Council. Prior to joining the DSAMH, He worked for the Salt Lake County Criminal Justice Services Felony Drug Court Program. Brent was educated at the University of Utah, and the Saint Louis University School of Law. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Jennifer and his two children, Samantha and Cameron.
Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health