PRCC to attend 5th Annual Opioid Response Summit


Portland Recovery Community Center is happy to share that Governor Janet Mills 5th Annual Opioid Response Summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 20 at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. 

The summit will bring together speakers, recovery community centers, recovery advocates, and leaders across Maine to share ideas and strategies to help Mainers affected by the opioid epidemic.  

The summit will include keynote speakers including Carlton Hall, prevention science expert, chief executive officer of Carlton Hall Counseling, LLC; Alison Jones Webb, recovery advocate and author of Recovery Allies; and Elizabeth Connolly, assistant director of the Office of Public Health, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. 

There will be 20 breakout sessions with topics in the areas of prevention, treatment, harm-reduction, and recovery support. The topics for breakout sessions include:  

  • Strengthening the opioid use disorder workforce: Findings from a multi-state survey of peer recovery coaches. 
  • Updates on harm-reduction efforts in the state. 
  • SUD-related Legislation in the 131st Legislature 
  • How will Maine’s opioid settlement dollars be utilized and the work of the Maine Recovery Council 
  • Promoting SUD treatment in primary care 

 To see the full list, click here. PRCC staff and volunteers will be on hand helping attendees find breakout sessions. At the start of each session, a person in recovery will share their story of hope for recovery. PRCC is honored to help organize recovery voices from greater Portland and throughout Maine to share their hope and experience. 

Other presenters include Gov. Janet Mills, Gordon Smith, director of Opioid Response; Yngvild K. Olsen, M.D., M.P.H., director for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; and Sarah Squirrell, director of the Maine Office of Behavioral Health. 

To register for the summit, click here.