Road Map to Success:

Reducing Antipsychotic Medications Workshop

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Location: HealthBridge Post-Acute Rehabilitation

2060 Health Dr., Wyoming, MI 49515

In partnership with Seniors Wellness Group. 



  • Describe the background and rationale for reducing antipsychotic medication use in dementia residents

  • Describe the new long term care regulations related to reducing antipsychotic medication use in nursing homes

  • Discuss evidence-based interventions to reduce inappropriate antipsychotic use

  • Identify non-pharmacological interventions for dementia-related behaviors

  • Identify quality improvement steps, tools and resources to reduce antipsychotic medications


  • Gregory Kotlarz, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan and has been practicing in the field of geropsychiatry since 1986. He received his doctoral degree from United States International University in San Diego, California in 1983. In 1995, Dr. Kotlarz founded Seniors Wellness Group, an on-site comprehensive mental health service available to residents of extended care facilities, and serves as the group’s executive director. He oversees the work of over 70 mental health professionals, who service over 200 extended-care facilities in Michigan and northwestern Ohio. Dr. Kotlarz has prepared and given many educational presentations over the years to the extended-care community on a variety of topics pertinent to the mental health care of the older adult and nursing home population.

  • Thomas Katofiasc graduated from Wayne State University College of Pharmacy and has 29 years' experience as a consultant pharmacist for long term care facilities. Thomas is currently a clinical manager for Omnicare/CVS overseeing the activities of 27 consultant pharmacists in Michigan and northwest Ohio.

  • Kathleen Lavich, R.N., has over 35 years’ experience as a registered nurse working in quality improvement. This includes experience in nursing homes as an assistant director of nursing/in-service educator and as a director of nursing; in home health care as a visiting nurse, clinical manager and branch director; in hospice management; in insurance medical review; and in hospital critical care and emergency departments. Kathleen has obtained certifications as a certified professional manager, hospice and palliative care nurse, certified home care coder, and as a legal nurse consultant. Kathleen is currently a senior clinical quality consultant on the nursing home team at MPRO.

  • Dianne McCagg, APRN, MSN, is a senior clinical quality consultant at MPRO, with more than 30 years of experience. In her current role she is a lead clinical content subject matter expert for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in the hospital setting. She assists hospitals with interventions, providing technical assistance and recommendations. She utilizes her clinical expertise, root cause analysis and other quality improvement (QI) methods to re-engineer existing processes and design new ones to improve performance and documentation on quality indicators. McCagg is a registered nurse with an extensive background in QI.

Continuing Education

Nursing, social work, CNE and nursing home administrator continuing education (CE) credits will be available for this workshop. Click here for more information.


Registration is required for this event. Click here to register.

More Information

For more information, contact Kathleen Lavich:, 248-465-7399

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