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Equipping the Frontline of a Crisis: How Congress Can Empower the Addiction Workforce to Save Lives

  • B-208 Longworth House Office Building (map)

Sponsored by the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose (CSOO) and the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG)

in coordination with

Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) and Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)

Overview:

An estimated 21 million Americans needed treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) in 2017, but only 4 million received any form of treatment for SUD. Without strategic investments in the SUD workforce, this gap will not close and more lives will be lost. While last year’s landmark opioid legislation was an important step, critical funding is now needed to increase the ranks of a well-trained SUD workforce in communities across America. During this briefing, experts will discuss how Congress can save lives by equipping the frontline professionals who prevent and treat addiction, provide recovery support, and help reduce the negative consequences associated with substance use.

Invited Honored Speakers:

Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA)

Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)

Moderator:

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Panelists:

Mary-Catherine Bohan

Vice President of Outpatient Services, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care

Shannon Gresham

Director of Residential Services for the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse of Northwest Louisiana

Dr. Eric Ketcham

Emergency Medicine Physician, Santa Fe Medical Center, Presbyterian Healthcare System

Dr. Yngvild Olsen

Medical Director, Institutes for Behavior Resources/REACH Health Services

Daniel Raymond

Deputy Director of Planning and Policy, Harm Reduction Coalition

Follow the conversation on Twitter: #StopOpioidOverdose and #MHLG