Leaders in New England Discuss Solutions to Opioid-Heroin Epidemic

Today, public and private sector leaders from throughout New England and upstate New York will convene at the invitation of CSH to focus on the addiction epidemic in their region. This event will provide an opportunity for state and local officials and providers from NY, CT, RI, MA, NH, VT and ME to come together to discuss and learn the various responses to the opioid crisis.  This convening also will explore how treatment and supportive housing systems can coordinate and collaborate to help people struggling with substance use.

WHAT:            New England Convening on the Heroin-Opioid Epidemic

WHEN:           Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 10am – 3:30pm

WHERE:         The Boston Foundation Headquarters, 75 Arlington Street, 10th Floor Boston, MA. Convening sponsored by Santander Bank.

WHO (Main Speakers):

Convening Welcoming Remarks

  • Dr. Jim O’Connell, CSH Board Member and President, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Convening Keynote Speaker

  • Marylou Sudders, Secretary, MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Multi-State Panels

  • Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • Barbara Cimaglio, Deputy Commissioner, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, Vermont Department of Health
  • Rebecca Boss, Acting Director, Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals
  • Timothy Rourke, Chair, New Hampshire Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Director of Substance Use Grantmaking, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
  • Dr. Monica Bharel, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Tracie Gardner, Assistant Secretary for Health, New York State Office of the Governor

White House Office of National Drug Policy Presentation

  • Katherine Klem, Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of National Drug Policy

Housing and Treatment Panel

  • Hal Cohen, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Human Services
  • Becky Vaughn, Vice President for Addictions, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Melissa Skahan, Vice President of Mission Integration, Mercy Hospital

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