Conference Logo-Working Together Saving Lives to Improve SUD and OUD Care and Outcomes

Held on March 15, 2024 | Thomas College

Conference Proceedings

Overview of the day

Opening Remarks

Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH, FACP Senior Advisor, Delivery System Change, Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner’s Office

Gordon Smith, JD Director of Opioid Response, State of Maine

AM Keynote A

What’s in our Illicit Drug Supply across the County and Maine

An overview of the US drug supply, including trends and novel substances. This presentation will also explore harm reduction drug checking.

Nabarun Dasgupta, PhD, MPH Senior Scientist, UNC Injury Prevention Research Center Innovation Fellow, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health (Virtual)

AM Keynote B

The Short Game and the Long Game are Both Life-Saving: State-of-the-Art Strategies in Caring for Opioid Use Disorder

Highly lethal opioids such as fentanyl have changed the opioid use disorder (OUD) landscape, and traditional OUD treatment options are not keeping up with the risks of opioid use. Dr. Stephen Martin will outline how new treatment models that offer swift and effective options for treatment have been shown to result in better outcomes for an increased number of patients.

Stephen Martin, MD, EdM, FAAFP, FASAM Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

Breakout D

Summit Room

How to Engage Youth in Treatment

In this 60-minute session, participants will receive an overview of the best practices for optimizing engagement of youth in care for substance use and substance use disorder. Covered topics will include: digital apps, telehealth, inclusive language, impact of stigma, and working with families. There will be time at the end of the session for questions.

Sarah Bagley, MD, MSc Primary care physician at Boston Medical Center, Medical Director of BMC’s Center for Addiction Treatment for Adolescents/Young Adults who Use Substances

Breakout A

AL 208

Methadone and OTP Treatment in the Age of Fentanyl 

Jacquelyn Cyr, RN, MSN, NPc Director of Substance Use Services, Northern Light Acadia Hospital

Breakout B

AL 209

Contingency Management for the Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorder

Contingency management (CM) is a behavioral strategy that has over 30 years of research support for the treatment of individuals addicted to cocaine and/or methamphetamine. As there are no approved medications or other behavioral approaches with strong evidence of support, CM is currently the only evidence-based approach for treating people with stimulant use disorder.  This presentation will describe CM and some current efforts in Maine to disseminate this critically important strategies.

Eric Haram, LADC, ME SUD Learning Community Faculty  – Session Facilitator

  • Richard Rawson, PhD Subject Matter Expert, Professor Emeritus at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and a Research Professor at the Vermont Center for Behavior and Health at the University of Vermont
  • Joshua McQueen, LCSW, LADC, CCS Spurwink
  • Leah Bauer, MD Addiction Resource Center, MaineHealth
  • Christine Wyman, LCSW, LADC, CCS Addiction Resource Center, MaineHealth

The fourth wave of the overdose crisis: Examining the prominent role of
psychomotor stimulants with and without fentanyl

Contingency Management for Stimulant Use Disorders

ARC Contingency Management Pilot Program

Breakout C

AL 227

How to Build Your Culture to Eliminate Bias/Stigma and Develop Effective Quality Improvement Processes

Navneet-Marwaha, MD, FHM Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer of Northern Light Health

Breakout E

AL 228

Supporting Optimal Outcomes for Families Affected by SUD

Lisa Leturneau, MD, MPH, FACP Facilitator, Senior Advisor, Delivery System Change, Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner’s Office

  • Alane O’Connor, DNP Director of perinatal addiction medicine at Maine Medical Center and Medical Advisor of the Maine Maternal Opioid Misuse (MaineMOM)
  • Amanda Thompson, CPRC, CIPSS Person in Recovery
  • Deborah Hagler, MD, MPH,  FAAP MaineHealth
  • Leadership Representative from OCFS

1000 Lives Campaign, Call to Action

Erik Steele, DO Immediate Past President Maine Medical Association (Virtual)

PM Keynote A

Building a System to Sustain Great Care

Moving forward and sustaining the gains for great care requires attention to building the infrastructure. Dr. Waller will review what it takes to implement change, the messiness of it, and how the changes in the 4th Edition of The ASAM Criteria focus on practical ways to support the change processes.

R. Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM Editor and Chief of The ASAM Criteria, Chief Medical Officer, BrightView

PM Panel

How a Healthcare System and Its Partners Can Work Together to Build a Continuum of Care

Building a continuum of care can improve outcomes for patients but requires strategic forethought and planning. Partners from Stephens Memorial Hospital will provide a case presentation to highlight the continuum of care in action and explore what can be achieved through cooperation. Learn from their firsthand experience establishing this system of care and explore the necessary tools and methodologies to incorporate these principles into any practice.

Case presentation by Stephen Memorial Hospital and Partners

Eric Haram, LADC MMA Center for Quality Improvement & ME SUD Learning Community Faculty – Session Facilitator

  • Community: Glen Gordon, BA, CADC Outreach Clinician – Oxford County OPTIONS PROGRAM
  • Emergency Room: Christina Booth, RN, BSN Nurse Director, Emergency Services, Stephens Western Family Medicine
  • Recovery Service: Kari Taylor Director of Western Maine Addiction Recovery Initiative and the HILLS Recovery Center
  • Primary Care: Lisa Miller, MD Western Maine Comprehensive Addiction Medicine Program, Western Maine Primary Care
  • Community Provider: Jennifer Small, MSEd, LADC, CCS Agency Director/Clinical Supervisor/Counselor Common Ground Counseling LLC

PM Keynote B

Addressing Social Determinants of Health and Equity within Treatment & Recovery

Explore the critical topic of addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and promoting equity within treatment and recovery programs for adults and adolescents in rural communities. Delve into the multifaceted challenges faced by rural populations, understand how SDOH impacts their health outcomes, and discover evidence-based strategies and best practices to tailor treatment approaches effectively. Gain valuable insights into the importance of addressing SDOH, practical approaches to implementing change, and a deeper appreciation for the unique challenges and opportunities within rural healthcare settings.

VonZell Wade, PhD, LPC Co-founder of Lost Dreams Awakening, Owner of Luo Counseling Center, Adjunct Faculty of Faces & Voices of Recovery