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HSF Forum: The State of Opioid Addiction in MA

See this opportunity offered by the Human Services Forum:

Join us for a look at the current state of the opioid crisis and how is continues to effect Massachusetts.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
8 am – 12 noon
The Delaney House
3 Country Club Road
Holyoke

Event Schedule:
Coffee 7:30 am
Breakfast, Keynote & Annual Meeting 8:00- 9:30
Panel & Discussion 9:45 – Noon

Program Fee:
HSF Members: $40
Not Yet Members: $60

Register here!

Keynote: Dr. Robert Roose, MD, MPH, FASAM Interim Chief Medical Officer, Mercy Medical Center, Chief of Addiction Medicine & Recovery Services, Trinity Health of New England

Dr. Roose earned his Doctor of Medicine and Master in Public Health degrees at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington D.C. and completed his residency training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY.


After the keynote, our expert panel will discuss community perspectives on the epidemic.
*There will be a panel Q&A

Panelists:Benjamin H. Cluff , MPA, LADCI, CADC
Veterans’ Services Coordinator
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Bureau of Substance Addiction Services

Peter D. Friedmann
MD, MPH, DFASAM, FACP
Chief Research Officer and Endowed Chair for Clinical Research, Baystate Health

J. Cherry Sullivan
MPH
Program Coordinator Hampshire HOPE Center for Prevention and Community Engagement, City of Northampton Health Department

*4th panelist TBA

Accessing Child Care Vouchers/Head Start: Read On!

On Tuesday, April 30, the Network sponsored a training for over 60 famly shelter and other case managers at Holyoke Community College to learn about recent policy changes impacting (and improving) families’ access to MA child care vouchers. Special thanks to Sara Garvin of New England Farm Workers Council and Dawn DiStefano of Square One for their expertise. You can see the Powerpoint presentation that details the state child care system; the “Quick sheet” for initial intake questions and contact names and numbers; and the actual Wait List Initial Intake Form.

We also heard from Head Start leaders Nicole Blais and June Lynds about how to best access Head Start. Their contact information is here:

Holyoke/Chicopee Head Start Contacts
Maggie Sexton, Enrollment Coordinator,
413-536-363, MargaretS@headstart.org;
Audra Dias, Enrollment Supervisor
413-417-7779, AudraD@headstart.org
Website: www.hcsheadstart.org
Head Start Locator/Resources website: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/ 

Head Start Community Action Pioneer Valley
For enrolling at CAPV Head Start & Early Learning Programs in Western Hampden (including West Springfield, Agawam and Westfield), Hampshire and Franklin Counties: 413-387-1250 or www.communityaction.us (Families can apply online or programs can download our referral form under the Head Start heading.

And finally, we heard from Rebecca Burgos and Christine Zaskey-Cullen of Coordinated Family Care and Engagement (CFCE) programs, detailing the support available in each community through this programs. You can find the CFCE contact person in your community by going here.

Opioid Training in the Berkshires – 5/17, Berkshire Community College

Strategies for Hope: Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Rural Communities

Friday May 17, 2019
Berkshire Community College
Robert Boland Theatre
Presented By Berkshire AHEC with educational grants from 
Berkshire Bank, Berkshire Health Systems, Lee Bank, MountainOne

Evidence-based approaches for:
Assessment and treatment interventions
Safe prescribing
Alternative therapies
Stigma
Patient and family education
Patient engagement

Keynote
Changing the Conversation
Removing Stigma, Instilling Strength, Opening Hearts, and InspiringChange: Jeffrey Foote, PhD

Morning Breakouts
Opioid Crisis in the Workplace: Saving Lives, Saving Jobs
Moderator: Richard Alcombright
Panelists: Mark Kenyon, LMFT, LADC-I, CEAP, Arthur Milano, MBA,
Edward Ostolski, JD

Caring for Families Affected by Opioid Use Disorder
Moderator: Ruth Jacobson-Hardy , MA, LADC I
Panelists: Katherine Callahan, MD, Christine Haley, LICSW, Debbie Flynn-Gonzalez, M.Ed.

Lunch and Learn: Naloxone Training
Sarah DeJesus, CMA and Amalio (A.J.) Jusino, NRP-T

Afternoon Breakouts

Alternative Therapies for Pain Management
Moderator: Daniel Mullin, PsyD, MPH
Panelists: Kent Higgins, PhD, Renae Gorman, PT, DPT, OCS,
Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH

Pathways to Recovery
Moderator: Jennifer Kimball
Panelists: Jennifer Michaels, MD, Sarah DeJesus, CMA,
Joseph Buyse, CARC, Jacelyn Howlett Farmerie, CARN

Registration Fees 
Continental Breakfast and Lunch Included in Registration Fee

Healthcare professionals
continuing education fee included
$75

General Public
$25

For more information and status of continuing education credits
visit
berkshireahec.org
or call
413-236-4500

Opioid Training (4/11) and SSI Benefits Training (4/8)

Please take note of these training opportunities in the region:

Homeless Provider Summit on the Opioid Epidemic: Wed., April 10, 9 am to 3 pm, Sheraton Springfield Hotel, Springfield. Sponsored by the statewide Health Resources in Action. Promising policies and practices will be shared around the topic of opioid overdose prevention, response and postvention. The Summit is free to attend so please register to share this email with your colleagues. Registration is limited to 5 individuals per organization. Register here. Questions email: njones@hria.org phone: 617.279.2240 ext. 599

SSI and SSDI Benefits and Ending Homelessness Training Monday, April 8, 9 am – 12:30 pm, Holyoke Public Library, first floor community room, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke: SSI expert Caitlin Thomas and colleagues will provide information on best practices for working with medical providers and the Social Security Administration to help support claims and better health outcomes, including stable housing.
RSVP to Caitlin at caitlinthomas@comcast.net with your name, number attending, organization’s name and your email contact info.


DATE CHANGE for Opioid Forum from April 11 to Sept. 6

Since the blog posting on this forum last week, the date has been changed from April 11 to September 6. The notice from Mass. Health Policy Forum is below:

The date of the forum, “Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Small and Rural Communities in Western Massachusetts,” is changing from Thursday, April 11th to Friday, September 6th. The event’s venue will remain the same at the UMass Amherst Campus Center.

This forum will focus on the numerous ways in which the opioid crisis has impacted Western Massachusetts, with particular attention paid to the social and economic consequences on employers and small and rural communities. Unique challenges and innovative solutions will be highlighted. A detailed agenda and email invitation will be distributed shortly.


Date: Friday, September 6, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Amherst Room (10th Floor), Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA

Opioid crisis in small and rural communities forum – April 11

The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum invites you to save the date:

Join us on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the UMass Amherst Campus Center for a forum entitled, “Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Small and Rural Communities in Western Massachusetts.”

This forum will focus on the numerous ways in which the opioid crisis has impacted Western Massachusetts, with particular attention paid to the social and economic consequences on employers and small and rural communities. Unique challenges and innovative solutions will be highlighted. A detailed agenda and email invitation will be distributed shortly.

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Amherst Room (10th Floor), Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01003

OrgCode PowerPoint Presentations on Trauma Informed Care and Progressive Engagement/Diversion

On January 31, over 100 Network partners attended trainings offered by OrgCode on Trauma Informed Care and Progressive Engagement/Diversion.

I am pleased to provide their PowerPoint presentations here:

Trauma Informed Care

Progressive Engagement and Diversion

It was a day filled with important learning that we look forward to reviewing through our Network committees and supporting best practice implementation across the region.