Navigating the Road Ahead: Supporting and Sustaining Recovery Across the Life Span

Wednesday, August 21, 8 am – 4 pm
As states grapple with the impact of the opioid crisis and the acute treatment needs of people with substance use disorders (SUD), the next policy challenge is how to support this group of individuals in their long-term recovery. This daylong preconference offers state policymakers the opportunity to learn about emerging policy issues and other states’ experiences developing and implementing policies that support and sustain long-term SUD recovery. Participants can learn how states:

  • Can build recovery-oriented systems of care for people with SUD;
  • Implement policies and programs that address the social health needs that can impact long-term recovery; and
  • Use cross-agency strategies to build and sustain effective services and systems.

State policymakers from across the nation will present best practices and innovations on an array of topics, including supportive housing and employment, long-term medical care for those in recovery, leveraging data to better understand the opioid crisis in rural communities, and tackling the issues of social isolation and re-entry after incarceration and treatment.

Supported through a cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Alana Knudson
Speaker Alana Knudson
Program Area Director NORC at the University of Chicago
Nicole Gastala
Speaker Nicole Gastala
Senior Director of Behavioral Health and Addiction, Clinical Physician Researcher UI Health Mile Square Health Center
Alex Blandford
Speaker Alex Blandford
Program Director, Behavioral Health Council of State Governments Justice Center
Beth Kuhn
Speaker Beth Kuhn
Chief Engagement Officer Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Thomas St. Louis
Speaker Thomas St. Louis
Occupational Health Program Director Connecticut Department of Public Health
Shannon Bresaw
Speaker Shannon Bresaw
Program Director New Hampshire Governor's Recovery Friendly Workplace
Matthew Statman
Speaker Matthew Statman
Collegiate Recovery Program Manager University of Michigan
Jodi Manz
Speaker Jodi Manz
Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Resources Office of Governor R. Northam
Michael White
Speaker Michael White
Director of Community Programs Community Medical Services
Hazel Alvarenga
Speaker Hazel Alvarenga
State Opioid Coordinator Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System