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Substance Use Disorder Summit: November 7

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Thank you to everyone who joined us in person and via livestream for the MT Substance Use Disorder Summit. We will be posting links to the video recordings and materials from the meeting shortly.

Opportunities for Action on SUD in Montana

Healthcare Foundation Announces Major Substance Use Disorder Summit
Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to speak

The Montana Substance Use Disorder Summit will be held on Tuesday, November 7 at the Helena Great Northern Hotel. The summit is hosted by MHCF in collaboration with the Montana Department of Justice, the Governor’s Office, the Department of Corrections, and the Department of Public Health and Human Services. The summit follows a series of listening sessions around the state and will focus on identifying solutions to this devastating problem.

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, M. D., who served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States (from December 2014 to April 2017), will keynote the event. As the Surgeon General, he issued the first Surgeon General’s Report on Substance Use and Addiction, calling the nation to action to address this deadly disease.

“The Summit brings together leaders and professionals from around the state, national experts, and Montanans affected by this devastating illness,” said MHCF CEO Dr. Aaron Wernham. “This event offers a much-needed opportunity to identify practical solutions for our state.”

Approximately 300 invited leaders in health, criminal justice and corrections, state and tribal lawmakers, and affected individuals will attend. Speakers include Attorney General Tim Fox, Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney, DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan, Department of Corrections Director Reginald Michael, and panels of state and tribal experts.

“Substance abuse comes in many forms, affecting Montanans in some of the most horrific ways imaginable,” said Attorney General Tim Fox. “Through our Aid Montana initiative, my office is working to develop a comprehensive, strategic plan to address all forms of substance abuse from every angle, not just law enforcement. I want to thank the Montana Healthcare Foundation for putting this event together, and for all of the work they do to solve this incredibly complex problem.”

“We’ve worked together to find Montana-made solutions to fight substance abuse, including expanding Medicaid and making historic investments in Montana’s behavioral health system,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “We must continue to implement the best tools we have available to tackle this challenge in order to give Montanans the treatment they need while looking out for the most vulnerable among us.”

Read the full press release.


8:30 AM – Welcome, Background, and Goals (Dr. Aaron Wernham, Montana Healthcare Foundation)

Opening Remarks (Attorney General Tim Fox, Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney, DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan, DOC Director Reginald Michael, Rocky Boy Health Board CEO Jessica Windy Boy)

9:15 AM – Substance Use Disorders in Montana (Katie Loveland, Loveland Consulting)

Moderated Q&A (DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation Administrator Bryan Lockerby, DPHHS Addictive and Mental Disorder Division Administrator Zoe Barnard, DOC Government Relations Director Adrianne Cotton)

10:30 AM – Promising Initiatives Addressing SUD in Montana (Deborah Matteucci, Behavioral Alliance of Montana)

Panel (Honorable Greg Pinski – Eighth District Court Judge; Dr. Daniel Nauts, Missoula Recovery Center; Jim Hajny, Montana Peer Network)

1:00 PM – Fireside Chat: Building an Effective State Response to Substance Misuse and Addiction (Dr. Vivek Murthy, Former U.S. Surgeon General)

2:45 PM – Directions for Action in Montana: Summary of Themes and Opportunities for Action (Scott Malloy, Montana Healthcare Foundation)

State Steering Committee Panel (DOJ Chief Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion, DPHHS State Medical Officer Greg Holzman, GOvernor’s Office Health Policy Advisor Jessica Rhodes, DOC Director Reginald Michael, Rocky Boy Health Board CEO Jessica Windy Boy)

3:30 PM – Structured Q&A with Steering Committee

4:00 PM – Wrap-Up: Priorities for Action in Montana (Dr. Aaron Wernham, Montana Healthcare Foundation)

4:30 PM – Adjourn