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CCSME Annual Mtg: Building Community Response to the Maine Opioid Crisis


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2017-03-01 09:00:00 2017-03-01 16:00:00 CCSME Annual Mtg: Building Community Response to the Maine Opioid Crisis CCSME Annual Mtg: Building Community Response to the Maine Opioid Crisis will be held on March 1, 2017 at the Augusta Civic Center and will feature Kim Johnson, PhD Director of CSAT. Augusta Civic Center false MM/DD/YYYY

Time: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm

Location: Augusta Civic Center

76 Community Drive Augusta, Maine, 04330 United States

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Maine is in the midst of an opioid crisis, with a record 378 drug overdose fatalities in 2016 surpassing the 272 deaths that occurred in all of 2015. About 25,000–30,000 people in Maine are in need of drug treatment. How is Maine responding? What is needed? With many different initiatives underway, what is effective and how are we coordinating and leveraging our efforts across the state? CCSME hosts this event to examine with its members and with state and federal leaders what exemplary efforts are occurring and what more can be done.


  • Analyze the challenges facing the health care and behavioral health care fields
  • Describe community responses across Maine
  • Problem-solve solutions and identify ways to scale up effective responses



Augusta Civic Center

Augusta/Capitol/Pine Tree Room

76 Community Drive

Augusta, ME 04330

Contact Hours:

Up to 5.5 contact hours available. Certificates will be emailed to participants who attend the entire session. No partial credit will be given.



Kimberly A. Johnson, PhD
Director of Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Dr. Kimberly Johnson was appointed as the Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) in February 2016 after serving as deputy director for operations of CHESS/NIATx, a research center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Prior to her move to Wisconsin, she served for seven years as the director of the Office of Substance Abuse in Maine.

In her work with the State of Maine, Dr. Johnson provided leadership in identifying and treating the opioid epidemic. This included developing plans to reduce misuse and increase access to treatment including medication assisted treatment, and equipping first responders with Narcan. She also served as executive director of Crossroads for Women, a women’s addiction treatment agency, and managed community-based intervention and prevention programs and provided counseling for individuals and families as a child and family therapist.


Nick Szubiak, MSW, LCSW
Integrated Health Consultant, National Council for Behavioral Health

Nick Szubiak has over 15 years of experience in direct service, administration and clinical supervision. His expertise involves systems change management, with emphasis around the integration of primary and behavioral health care and substance use, and leadership development and supervisory skills. Nick’s training experience fosters both primary care and substance use and behavioral health care providers' successful adaption to clinical and organizational culture change.

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MORNING SESSION — 9:00am–11:30am
Only available to CCSME members

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Morning coffee will be provided.2.25 contact hours available.

  • President's Welcome — Awards & Recognition
    Simonne Maline, CCSME Board President
  • Opening Remarks: National Trends in Substance Use, Misuse, and Disorders
    Dr. Kimberly Johnson

    Dr. Johnson will open the meeting with an epidemiological overview that includes substance use, misuse, disorders, and co-occurring conditions. A particular focus will be on opioid epidemiology.
  • Panel: Challenges Facing the Behavioral Health Field
    Facilitated by Dr. Kimberly Johnson
  • Roundtable Discussions


AFTERNOON SESSION — 12:30pm–4:00pm

Check-in begins at 12:00 p.m. 3.25 contact hours available.

  • Keynote: The Federal Response to the Opioid Crisis
    Dr. Kimberly Johnson

    Dr. Johnson will discuss a number of initiatives the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is supporting to meet the needs of individuals, families, and communities facing the challenges of opioid misuse and opioid use disorders with a special focus on SAMHSA’s efforts. Topics will include: expanding access to treatment and recovery services; developing the workforce; improving quality of care; and using technology as a force multiplier.
  • Panel: Maine's Response to the Opioid Crisis
    Facilitated by Nick Szubiak
  • Keynote: Discrimination and the Opioid Crisis
    Nick Szubiak


FULL DAY: BOTH SESSIONS — 9:00am–4:00pm
Only available to CCSME members

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided for full-day participants. 5.5 contact hours available.

(CCSME members wishing to attend BOTH sessions or ONLY the afternoon session should choose the "Full Day" ticket option when registering.)

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