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Opioid Crisis Next Door: Un-press the Pause on Addiction Recovery


June 8, 2022
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL
1900 South First Street
Champaign, IL United States
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Substance use and drug overdoses have risen since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially for rural communities. Join leaders and experts for this one-day event to better understand best practices that can help your community un-press the pause on addiction recovery.


Topics for this in-person conference will focus on how to reboot post- Covid, substance use disorder treatment,  the ECHO Learning Collaborative, harm reduction, medication assisted-recovery, addressing stigma, funding and federal initiatives, and personal stories on overcoming addiction.


Conference registration and continental breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., with the opening remarks scheduled for 8:30 a.m. The conference adjourns at 3:00 p.m. Featured presentations include:

  • State of the State: An Update on Illinois’ Opioid Statistics –
    Jennifer Epstein, Assistant Deputy Director, Office of Policy,
    Planning, and Statistics, Illinois Department of Public Health
  • The Living Room Project – Kent Tarro, Administrator/CEO,
    Macoupin County Public Health Department/Maple Street Clinic
  • Experiences From the Field- Live4Lali, The Perfectly Flawed Foundation, Carle Addiction
    Recovery Center
  • Funding and Federal Initiatives – Diane Wang
  • Project ECHO – Dr. Kate Austman, double board-certified in
    Family and Addiction Medicine, Family Health Care of Gibson
    City and Gibson Health of Watseka; and Dr. James Besante,
    certified in Addiction and Internal Medicine, Carle Addiction
    Recovery Center, Champaign, IL
  • Canary in the Coal Mine: A Forgotten Rural Town, a Hidden
    Epidemic, and a Lone Doctor Battling for the Life, Health,
    and Soul of the People – Dr. William Cooke, MD, FAAFP,


$60.00 per individual.

$50.00 per individual for VIP hospital subscribers.

$25.00 for health profession students.

Continuing Education

5.25 contact hours for nurses and social workers

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $824,375 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.