REGISTRATION IS OPEN: Governor Janet Mills will host her 3rd Annual Opioid Response Summit

Governor Janet Mills will host her 3rd Annual Opioid Response Summit on Thursday, July 15. 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 full-day program will feature live presentations, poster sessions, and prerecorded panel discussions, with the voices of persons in recovery featured prominently again this year.

The summit’s theme, “Perseverance, Prevention and Promise” reflects the resolve of our state to continue to work together to promote and achieve wellness and recovery in all communities across our great state.

We will hear from Attorney General Aaron Frey and the Director of Maine CDCP Nirav Shah, MD, J.D. The afternoon will feature a panel discussion with leaders in opioid response from the Biden-Harris Administration.

Governor Mills will open the Summit while joining Erin French, owner and chef of The Lost Kitchen and author of the New York Times Best Seller Finding Freedom: A Cook’s Story, Remaking A Life From Scratch. Chef French will share her personal story of survival and renewal and describe how she overcame her struggles with the help of her community Erin French Bio 

The first 800 registrations will receive a free hardcover copy of Finding Freedom. One book per unique registration.

Some of topics that will be covered are:
There will be twelve breakout sessions throughout the day covering topics across the domains of Prevention, Treatment, Harm-Reduction and Recovery Support. 

  • Treatment Courts, Culturally Appropriate Care
  • Adverse Childhood Events
  • Infants Plan of Safe Care
  • Connections Between Suicide and Accidental Overdoses
  • Medication Assisted Treatment in Maine’s Prison System
  • Recovery Friendly Worksites
  • Compassionate Tapering
  • Recovery Pathways
  • Challenges of the Pandemic
  • The Maine MOM Initiative
  • The Role of Law Enforcement in Arrests, Seizures and Overdose Prevention

Click here to find out more on breakouts

This year we are excited to announce that registrants will have the opportunity to view the acclaimed documentary “Jacinta”.

Wednesday, July 14th, Join Jacinta, Jessica Earnshaw, the film’s director, and a representative from the Department of Corrections for a panel discussion.

Information on how to view the film and participate in the live panel discussion will be sent after registering.

“Reveals the extent to which people can surprise us — especially people we’ve written off as just another sad statistic, as another victim of America’s
ongoing and relentless opioid epidemic.”
— The Hollywood Reporter, Jordan MintzerMore Information on the Film


While all the content will be available on a virtual platform, registrants who would like to participate in the Summit in a group may contact one of the fifteen recovery centers in the state which will be hosting participants subject to the individual capacity of each center. The centers that are open and participating in the Summit are located in Portland, Lewiston, Brewer, Bridgton, Bath, Boothbay Harbor, Machias, Calais, Caribou, Houlton, Millinocket, Lincoln, Rumford, Rockland and Ellsworth.

These sites will have hosts/moderators from the state available to assist registrants.

Click here to find a Center closest to you

The conversations will continue following the summit with registrants having access to online content and monthly events featuring Maine presenters focusing on prevention, treatment strategies, voices of recovery, and emerging issues. View previous recordings

Thursday, July 15, 2021
8:00 AM- 3:30 PM Eastern
Live Virtual Event

$35 Registration Fee includes summit attendance, film viewing with panel discussion and continuing education credit

*Scholarships available- apply during registration

6 Continuing Education Credits
 – For more information on credits offered 
AdCare has applied for Certified Medical Education Credits ( CME)
AdCare has applied to the Maine Prevention Board for credentialing

For More Information and to Register 

For questions, please contact Katherine Coutu at