Beyond Substance Podcast

The Beyond Substance podcast deepens the understanding of our listeners about substance use in Marion County, specifically the problems and solutions to address these issues and to highlight that there is hope and share what can be done to foster and support recovery in our community.

The first episode of Beyond Substance will be released on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify in late August 2022.

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Episode 1: When Tragedy Sparks Hope

The fact is overdoses have increased. In today’s episode, we’re going to take a look at two sides of the same coin and what substance use and overdose look like from those who are working in the field and what we experience when we are personally affected by substance use.

  • Dr. Dan O’Donnell is the Chief of the Indianapolis Emergency Medical Service, an Associate Clinical Professor at the Indiana University Department of Emergency Medicine and a practicing physician at Eskenazi Hospital.

  • Dr. Leslie Hulvershorn, Chair of Department of Psychiatry at the IU School of Medicine, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Riley Hospital, and serves as the contracted Medical Director for Indiana’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction

  • Kim Manlove, a father who lost his son to a substance use-related death. Kim will share his story and how this incredible tragedy sparked hope for others through pioneering peer recovery coaching in Indiana. 

Episode 2: On the Front Line, Part 1
For this episode of Beyond Substance we are focusing our attention on those people who work on the frontline helping people with substance use disorder in the community. 
  • Cynthia Schwomeyer, Mobile Crisis Assistance Team (MCAT) Member 

  • Shane HardwickEmergency Medical Technician IEMS

  • Rebekah Gorrell, Indiana Recovery Network

Episode 3: On The Front Line, Part 2  

For this episode of Beyond Substance we are focusing our attention on those people who work on the frontline helping persons with substance use disorder in an emergency department setting.

  • Dr. Tyler Stepsis, Eskenazi Health Emergency Department

  • Dee Oliphant, RN, Eskenazi Health Emergency Department

  • Diane Buxton, Midwestern Regional Coordinator Contractor for PAL (Parents of Addicted Loved Ones)


Dean Babcock, LCSW, LCAC has a 30-year history of working in the Indianapolis community advancing the creation and improvement of professional treatment for addictive and mental health disorders. He retired from Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health Center in 2018, where he served the community for 22 years in clinical and administrative executive leadership. Additionally, during that time he served as the Site Principal Investigator for the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Clinical Trials Network, assisting in the design and implementation of research studies for drug abuse treatment. He is a published author on numerous articles related to the implementation of evidence practices for addiction treatment. Prior to his time at Eskenazi Health, he served in a clinical and leadership role in the Department of Psychiatry for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center here in Indianapolis. In addition to his employment, he has been instrumental on many community-based projects and boards in the area. He is both a local and national speaker on the topic of addiction.



Jodi Miller is the Deputy Director and Manager of Peer Supports for the Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition with Mental Health America of Indiana. She is a Certified Addictions Peer Recovery Coach Level II and a Certified Health & Wellness Coach with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University. Her work experience includes Women’s Coordinator at Fairbanks Supportive Living Program where she completed her internship in Women’s Recovery Management. Jodi does peer recovery coaching with women in the Hamilton County Jail where she introduced her own wellness program teaching guided meditations and vision building. She serves on SAMHSA’s Recovery Community Services Program – Statewide Networks Advisory Board, DMHA’s Recovery Support Workgroup and Indiana’s Recovery Council. Jodi is a person in long term recovery dedicating her life to statewide advocacy and carrying the message of peace, love and hope for the recovery community.



Mandy Billman, MPH, works as the Quality Improvement & Special Projects Manager on the Overdose Data to Action Grant for the Marion County Public Health Department. She is working on projects to innovate overdose data dissemination, reduce stigma towards substance use disorder, and identify sustainability opportunities for grant funded initiatives. Mandy graduated from Purdue University with a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in 2011 and has spent the past 11 years working at the state and local level to improve public health in Indiana. Her passion for public health became focused on helping people with substance use disorder after losing her brother to a drug overdose in 2015. Mandy lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana and is looking forward to becoming a foster parent soon.



How to get involved

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