Paul Brasler, MA, MSW, LCSW, has been a social worker for 25 years. He is the Behavioral Health Addiction Specialist for Virginia Medicaid, where he conducts training and technical support for SUD treatment providers across Virginia. Prior to this, Paul was the head of Behavioral Health for Daily Planet Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Richmond, Virginia. In this role, Paul helped build a nationally recognized Medication Assisted Treatment Program.
Paul has extensive experience in working with people with substance use disorders, particularly adolescents and children. After finishing graduate school, Paul went to work at an adolescent residential treatment program, where he developed a treatment component for adolescents with substance use disorders. From 2003-2010, he was a senior clinician in the Chesterfield County Juvenile Drug Court and provided individual, family, adolescent group, and multifamily group therapies for adolescents with SUD.
Paul moved on to conduct psychiatric and substance use disorder evaluations (in adults and minors) in emergency departments in the Greater Richmond, Virginia area until 2017. Paul also served as adjunct faculty in the school of social work at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he developed a graduate course on substance use treatment.
Paul has been a PESI presenter since 2016, and he has presented classes on mental health emergencies, high-risk clients, and substance use disorder treatment across the country. His first book, High-risk Clients: Evidence-Based Assessment & Clinical Tools to Recognize and Effectively Respond to Mental Health Crises was published by PESI in 2019. His second book, on substance use disorder treatment, is currently in press and is due to be released by PESI in the fall of 2022.