NSLA Annual Conference


When:  Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
9am – 5pm (Luncheon included)

What: Full day of informative and engaging workshops, keynote addresses by national industry leaders, awards luncheon, access to vendors, networking opportunities and much more.


NSLA members – $75 

Non-Members – $100 

Where: Tuscany Suites & Casino 

  • 255 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169
  • Room rate is $79.00 per night (reference National Sober Living Association room rates). Reservations made by calling hotel directly at 1 877-887-2261.
  • Within walking distance to The Strip, fitness center, pool, several restaurants, spa and more located in hotel.

Schedule & Speakers:

7:30 – 8:00 am.  Registration Opens

8:30 – 9:00 am.  Welcome  Megan Frankl, Executive Director of National Sober Living Association.

9:00 – 10:30 am.  Session 1:  “Building a Safe and Supportive Sober Living Home: the emotional & mental health perspective” Gwen Westerlund LPC, NCC, MAC, MATS, Gwen practices in Colorado and approaches therapy with an eclectic, holistic and systemic perspective. She specializes in trauma and abuse, behavioral and relational issues and is passionate about providing emotional and mental health education to the recovery community.   

10:45 – 11:45 am.  Session 2: It’s the Law, Robert Doody Esq. is an international educated attorney who specializes in Civil Rights, American Indian Law and Criminal Law. Mr. Doody has litigated the rights of home owners in Tribal, State and Federal cases, including issues involving zoning and home ownership. Mr. Doody has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Ulster Northern Ireland, MA in Philosophy Queen’s University Belfast, Norther Ireland and a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Dakota

12:00 – 1:00 pm.  Award Luncheon & Keynote Speaker: The Spiritus Award Recipient – TBA

1:15 – 2:15 pm.  Session 3: Identify, Train & Retain House Managers. Megan Frankl M.S. Megan offers a unique and valuable perspective based upon her journey from treatment, to sober living resident, to assistant manager, to manager, to Administrator of Hope Manor Sober Living Homes and as the Executive Director of NSLA. Megan brings a wealth of practical knowledge and experience  in what makes a good sober living resident manager.

2:30 – 3:30 pm.  Session 4:”Measuring Outcomes: success of sober living”                                                                                                                                       Matt Misar, Program Manager of Tallgrass Recovery and Sober Living Homes.  With over 10 years experience in sober living, Matt shares the hard numbers and science showing the true success of sober living. Matt’s workshop will provide participants with useful and valuable information to share with community leaders and potential donors.

3:45 – 4:30 pm.  Session 5: “Cultural Challenges With Indigenous & Minority Residents”                                                                                                        Cray Hudson/Good Fur Robe, Recovery Specialist of Good Road Recovery Center. As a Hidatsa, Cray is an enrolled member of the MHA (Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara) Nation and has witnessed first hand the devastation caused by alcohol and addiction as well as the obstacles faced in recovery. Cray offers vital information, practical tips, innovations and lessons learned in working with the indigenous population.

4:30 – 5:00 pm.  Closing Remarks (Announcing open positions on NSLA Board). Megan Frankl, Executive Director of National Sober Living Association.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Email: Nationalsoberliving @ gmail.com  or call (701) 516-2912

The NSLA offers an annual national conference, as well as regional workshops and training in various aspects of the operation and leadership of sober living homes.

Overseeing the operation of a sober living home presents challenges that aren’t obvious to the casual observer or to the hopeful entrepreneur. Too many people open sober living homes without adequate preparation and training. That can cause great harm to vulnerable residents struggling to stay clean and sober. To be successful, you need a broader set of skills than is required in most businesses and NSLA can help you with that success. The successful operation of sober living requires skill and training. Like many businesses, it’s easy to make mistakes through lack of knowledge and preparation—mistakes that can have serious financial consequences and can cause harm to individuals at risk who are dependent on safe, supportive and well-managed sober living. The NSLA offers training for operators, managers and those interested in opening sober living homes. Our training offers participants a chance to learn about the best practices employed today, and to interact with others facing similar challenges. Our instructors have extensive experience in the field. We’re dedicated to maintaining high standards of professionalism, and offer these workshops as one way of promoting excellence in sober living operation and management.

All conferences, training and workshops are open to anyone in the community.