GAIL B. JARA
Gail B. Jara
Gail B. Jara serves as Outreach Coordinator for PCSS and consultant to one other SAMHSA-funded project on continuing medical education related to use of opioids, particularly methadone, for management of persistent pain.
She was the founding Executive Director of the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM.) She managed the development of the ASAM certification project and served as staff to several policy committees of ASAM, including the Task Force on Practice Guidelines and the Subcommittee on Buprenorphine Training.
has developed and coordinated projects for CSAM, ASAM, and the California Medical Association
related to buprenorphine, methadone treatment programs, pain and addiction, and physician health programs.
is staff to the CSAM Committee on Treatment
of Opioid Dependence
, the group that has recently published the 2008 edition of Guidelines for Physicians Working In California Opioid Treatment Programs.
She is the Executive Director of the Medical Education and Research Foundation (MERF) for the Treatment of Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies, a sister organization to CSAM, whose mission is to increase educational opportunities about substance use disorders for physicians in training at the residency level.
coordinated a consensus conference on that subject for MERF and The Betty Ford Institute
in December of 2008.