Opioid Crisis Next Door: Identifying, Organizing and Activating Local Resources

Start Date & Time

10/31/2017 8:30 AM

End Date & Time

10/31/2017 3:15 PM


Community Forum


Dove Conference Center, 619 East Mason Street, Springfield, IL.


St. John's Hospital Prairie Heart Institute


Cost is $30 per attendee.


Stephanie Cartwright, Communications and Media Specialist, at 815.875.2999

Opioid Crisis Next Door: Identifying, Organizing and Activating Local Resources

The next "Opioid Crisis Next Door: Identifying, Organizing and Activating Local Resources" workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 31 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. at St. John's Hospital Prairie Heart Institute - Dove Conference Center, 619 East Mason Street, Springfield, IL. All parking is free in the five-story parking lot across from the center). This workshop is designed to promote continued coalition-building and community efforts for the recovery, treatment, and awareness of opioid and other substance use disorders. 

Local coalitions, schools, health departments, behavioral health, law enforcement, healthcare providers, and other community stakeholders focused on combatting opioid misuse, heroin use, and substance use disorders are invited to attend. The event is supported by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Center for Rural Health; the Illinois Health and Hospital Association; the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program; SIU School of Medicine; and the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network.


The agenda is subject to change but currently includes:

  • 8:30 am  Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 am  Welcome and Opening Remarks - Heidi Clark, Division Chief, Health Data and Policy Office of Policy, Planning and Statistics
    "Making Progress with Substance Disorders Solutions in Illinois" - Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD, Director, Illinois Department of Public Health
  • 9:15 a.m.  Identifying Opioids and Other Chemicals on the Street - Drug Enforcement Agency, Peoria Unit
  • 10:15 a.m.  "Community Treatment and Recovery Programs: Identifying Needs and Options" - Dr. Ayame Takahashi, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (Medication Assistance)
    "Crush the Epidemic" - Nicholas Morgan, Outreach Specialist, Comprehensive Wellness Center
    Prescription Monitoring Program presentation - TBA
  • 11:30 a.m.  "Yikes! How Are We Gonna Pay for Resources?" - Terry Madsen, ICAHN Consultant, CPASA Board Member
  • 11:45 a.m. "Starting a Community Coalition: Lessons Learned" - Ada Bair, CEO, Memorial Hospital-Carthage and Deb Wood, Perry Memorial Hospital
  • 12:15 p.m. Networking Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. "Growing Your Community Coalition: Lessons Learned" - Ada Bair and Deb Wood
  • 1:30 p.m.  "Local Coalitions: Building Tools for Community Prevention and Recovery" - Ada Bair and Deb Wood
    Detox facilities, halfway houses, and developing a business plan for your community - speakers to be announced
  • 2:00 p.m. Personal Stories of Recovery - Paul Bonucci, MD, Perry Memorial Prompt Care and IVCH Emergency Department Medical Director
  • 2:45 p.m. "Taking Action: Substance Use Disorder is Everyone's Responsibility" - speaker to be announced
    "The Anonymous People" Video trailer will be presented, followed by a presentation from Verlon Johnson, Associate Consortium Administrator for Medicaid and Duals and Acting Region V Health and Human Services Regional Director, Consortium for Medicaid and Children's Health Operations, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • 3:15 p.m. Wrap-up and Adjournment

This project is also supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant H54RH00019, Rural Hospital Flexibility Program.

Cost to participate is $30 per attendee and will be used for food, materials, and continuing education credits. Please make checks payable to the "Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network" and make reference to the "Identifying, Organizing and Activating Local Resources Workshop." Checks must be received prior to the date of the workshop. No refunds will be given after Tuesday, October 17.

Continuing education hours:

  • 5.0 Nurse Contact Hours
  • 5.0 LCSW Clock Hours
  • 5.0 LCPC Contact Hours

ICAHN is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91)(OH-350, 11/1/19). Criteria for successful completion include attendance at 90 percent of the event and submission of a completed evaluation form. Partial credit will not be awarded. The planning committee members and presenters declared no conflict of interest. The presenters have agreed to present information fairly and without bias.

Deadline to register is Friday, October 27. Registration for this event is ONLINE only.