Sacopee Valley Health Center and MSAD #55 to Host Community Presentation on Substance Use Disorder
Sacopee Valley Health Center, in collaboration with MSAD #55, in Hiram, ME will host a community presentation called; “Hope for Families: Seeking Support In All The Right Places”, on Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at 6pm at the Sacopee Valley Middle School.
The event will be moderated by Daniel “Danny” Bell, who is the Health Center’s Medication Assisted Treatment Coordinator. Danny also serves as a Clinical Social Worker and a Substance Use Counselor. Marty Braga, Director of Behavioral Health Services at the Health Center said, “Danny has been a tremendous asset to our Health Center, he is a passionate advocate for substance use treatment. As a survivor, his ability to connect and counsel our patients and share his experience brings another level to our organization.”
Mark Publicker, M.D. will head the panel of seven participants. Dr. Publicker is a Distinguished Fellow of The American Society of Addiction Medicine and is a Board-Certified Addiction Medicine Specialist. He is nationally known for his work as well as recognized worldwide for his work in helping drug addicted homeless boys in Turkey and for his education efforts on drug addiction in China.
On the panel is Charlene Manchester Barton, a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Licensed Social Worker and owner of Across the River Counseling and Wellness. Charlene’s son died at the age of 19; the grief she experienced has helped to direct her practice. Jeanne Flynn, a mother and advocate, who lost her son in 2015 to an overdose. Jeanne started a group called Parents Supporting Parents seven years ago, and is an active participant in forums and panels throughout the Northeast and has traveled to Washington, D.C. Lynn Kearney, Executive Director of the Health Center and a friend of Jeanne’s for over 15 years said, “I was there for Jeanne’s journey. I watched their struggles, their successes and their losses. I am honored to have her here as a resource for our community.”
Also, present will be Thomas and Patricia Macelhaney, a mother and son who will share their personal story of overcoming substance use disorder. Tommy is a survivor who is now a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, as well as an active member of his family and community. Danny Bell, Coordinator of the MAT program said, “Tommy is a friend and a colleague, we entered into recovery around the same time and have shared the joys and challenges of this new way of living. Patricia is a wonderful woman and has a valuable experience to share in that her family has been able to come out the other side, her message is that recovery is possible.”
Rounding out the panel will be Julie Lanoie, RN, MA and Trooper Brian Hink of the Maine State Police. Ms. Lanoie is the Director of Crossings, a bereavement program for children, teens and their adult caregivers. Crossings offers peer support groups in North Conway and Ossipee. Trooper Hink is a graduate of Sacopee Valley High School and is very active in youth activities. Ms. Kearney said, “Trooper Hink has been and continues to be a tremendous resource for the school district and the health center.”
Sacopee Valley Health Center and MSAD #55 hosted their first community presentation on Substance Use Disorder in late Fall 2016. According to Dr. Jeffrey Ray, Medical Director, “After that presentation it became very clear to the Leadership Team and the Board of Directors of the Health Center that more resources were needed in our community to address the opioid problem. In July 2017, we opened our Medication Assisted Treatment program to our patients. It’s now time for us to offer more education and resources for the families and loved ones of those affected by substance use disorder.”
The program will be 2 hours long and will consist of 1 hour of presentations by the panelists, followed by Q & A’s.
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