5th Annual Opioid Response Summit

Opioid Summit Date: Thursday, July 20, 2023

Location Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, Maine

Governor Janet Mills will host her 5th Annual Opioid Response Summit on Thursday, July 20, 2023. The annual summit is part of the state’s commitment to fighting the opioid epidemic and convenes leaders from around Maine and the Nation to share ideas, strategies, and best practices to help Maine people affected by this crisis. This full-day, in-person program will include keynote speakers and breakout sessions, with the voices of persons in recovery featured prominently again this year. There will be 20 breakout sessions throughout the day covering topics across the domains of Prevention, Treatment, Harm-Reduction and Recovery Support.


Some of the topics that will be covered are:

  • The Role of the Family Recovery Courts
  • The State of Addiction Research in Maine with Jackson Labs
  • Community Prevention Through the Maine Prevention Network
  • Innovative Employment Opportunities for Persons in Recovery
  • SUD and Our New Mainers
  • Promoting SUD Treatment in Primary Care
  • Youth Voices in the Recovery Movement
  • Youth Voices in Prevention: Meet Local High School Students who will Present Proven Prevention Curriculum Based on Science and Personal Experience
  • Strengthening Families as a Prevention Strategy: The Child Safety and Family Well-Being Plan
  • How Will Maine’s Opioid Settlement Dollars be Utilized and The Work of the Maine Recovery Council
  • The Role of Faith-Based Treatment Programs in Maine’s Opioid Ecosystem
  • The Role of the Maine Naloxone Distribution Initiative When Naloxone Becomes Available Over-The-Counter
  • Strengthening the Opioid Use Disorder Workforce: Findings from a Multi-State Survey of Peer Recovery Coaches
  • Update on Harm-Reduction Efforts in the State
  • SUD-related Legislation in the 131st Legislature
  • The Intersection of SUD and Unstable Housing: Housing First
  • Department of Corrections- MOUD for SUD Among Prison and Jail Residents
  • OPTIONS Program and Media Campaign Updates
  • Compassion Cures: Building Hope by Overcoming Stigma” created by the Be the Influence Coalition
  • Methadone in an OTP: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Featured speakers will include:

  • Carlton Hall, Prevention Science Expert, CEO of Carlton Hall Counseling, LLC.
  • Alison Jones Webb, Recovery Advocate and Author of Recovery Allies
  • Elizabeth Connolly, Assistant Director of the Office of Public Health, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP/OPH)

Other plenary session presenters include U.S. Attorney for the District of Maine, Darcie McElwee, Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey, Sarah Squirrell, Director of the Maine Office of Behavioral Health, Erik Steele, D.O., President of the Maine Medical Association, Yngvild K. Olsen, M.D., M.P.H., Director for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatmenand Governor Janet T. Mills.

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