Governor Mills Opioid Response Summit & Seminars

Governor Mills Opioid Response Summit & Seminars


Governor Mills’ annual Opioid Response Summit and subsequent Seminar Series are part of the state’s strong commitment to fighting the opioid epidemic. The Summit and Seminars convene leaders from across Maine to share ideas, strategies, and best practices to help Maine people and families affected by this public health crisis. The summit’s theme, “Compassion, Community, Connection” reflects the personal and societal challenges of substance use disorder and opportunities to build a better, kinder future together.

Seminars are held on the first Friday of every month from 11:30-12:30 link to register. The 2021 Summit will be held on Thursday, July 15th 2021.

SEVENTH SEMINAR
Scheduled on March 5, 2021

On Friday, March 5, the monthly Opioid Response webinar series continues with a discussion of the OPTIONS initiative announced by Governor Mills at the 2020 Opioid Response Summit and implemented last month by the Office of Behavioral Health. The Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, Michael Sauschuck, and the Office of Behavioral Health’s manager of the project, Sybil Mazerolle, will describe the objectives of the project and how it is being implemented in each county across the state. They will be joined by Chief Jared Mills of Augusta Police Department, and a behavioral health liaison hired to reach out to Mainers struggling with substance use disorders, and the benefit of the partnership between behavioral health specialists and Public Safety professionals. Click here to register.

 

FIRST SEMINAR
Held on September 4, 2020

Harm Reduction Access in Maine

Presented by Kinna Thakarar, DO and Jamie Cotnoir, MPH

 

SECOND SEMINAR
Held on October 2, 2020

Reducing Healthcare Professional’s Stigma Toward Persons with Opioid Use Disorder

Presented by Denise Bouchard, DNP, FNP-C and Silas Kushner Walsh, LCSW

 

THIRD SEMINAR
Held on November 6, 2020

The Workflow: Preparing Primary Care Sites to Integrate Medication Assisted Treatment

Presented by Jesse M. Higgins, PMHNP and Mike Murnik, MD

 

THE SUMMIT
Held July 23, 2020

Governor Mills 2nd Annual Opioid Response Summit

The annual summit is part of the state’s commitment to fighting the opioid epidemic and convenes leaders from around Maine to share ideas, strategies, and best practices to help Maine people affected by this crisis. The summit’s theme, “Compassion, Community, Connection,” reflects the personal and societal challenges of substance use disorder and the conditions needed to advance and support recovery.