Opioid Use Disorders and Rural Resiliency Symposium

Join the Center for the Study & Promotion of Communities, Families, & Children for a symposium on Opioid Use Disorders and Rural Resiliency, presented by ROTA-RC Southeast Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center from March 30 - 31, 2023.

ROTA-RC seeks to develop and disseminate training and technical assistance to address opioid and stimulant use affecting rural communities in eight states in our region. ROTA-RC will expand awareness of opioid and stimulant use, harm reduction, and options for treatment to improve the resiliency of 168 targeted rural counties.

Attendees will receive a free book, The Opioid Fix: America's Crisis and the Solution They Don't Want You to Have by Barbara Andraka-Christou.

8 hours of Continuing Education credits available.

Registration Deadline: March 22, 2023



March 30, 2023

12:30 p.m. | Registration and Networking

1:00 p.m.| Welcome and ROTA-RC Overview: Ellen Piekalkiewicz, Director, FSU Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families and Children & ROTA-RC Director

1:45 p.m. | Keynote Speaker: Mike Ortoll, A Call to Action - Christine Ortoll Recovery Organization

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Session 1

  • Room 1: Mississippi State PROMISE Initiative: Building Resiliency-based Extension Programming in Rural Communities, David R. Buys, Associate Professor for Mississippi State
  • Room 2: Integrated Behavioral Health, Michael Campbell, Associate Professor, St. Leo University; Sandra Boucher, Addiction Services Outpatient Director; James Cowser, Director, Innovative Clinical Solutions at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Session 2

  • Room 1: Opioid Toolkit for Libraries and Extension Programs, Margaret Sullivan, Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Communication and Information, School of Information
  • Room 2: Medication for Opioid Use Disorder, Barbara “Basia” Andraka-Christou, Assistant Professor, School of Global Health Management and Informatics, University of Central Florida

5:00 p.m. | Reception and Book Signing, The Opioid Fix, Barbara “Basia” Andraka-Christou

March 31, 2023

8:30 a.m. | Networking Breakfast

9:00 a.m. | Teen/Young Adult Rebound and Recovery, Savannah Collier, ROTA-RC Assistant Director; Tai Cole, Program Manager for Curriculum Development

9:45 a.m. | Young Adult Prevention, Recovery, Harm Reduction Panel, Chelsea Shore, Graduate Coordinator, Florida State University LIFT

10:45 a.m.| Breakout Sessions

  • Room 1: Cannabis and Pain Relief Alternative to Opioids, Adie Wilson-Poe, Assistant Scientist, Legacy Research Institute | Dow Neurobiology, Legacy Health System
  • Room 2: Overdose Prevention – Narcan, Fentanyl Strips, Deterra Drug Disposal Bags, Jacqueline McMillian, Assistant Professor, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University; KC Callison, Opioid Prevention and Harm Reduction Specialist

11:45 a.m.| Plenary Lunch, Capt. Michael King, Director, SAMHSA Region 4. A box lunch will be provided. Vegetarian option available.

12:45 p.m.| Closing Remarks, Craig Stanley, Interim Dean, Florida State University, College of Social Work

1:00 p.m. Adjourn

Friday, March 31, 2023 at 8:30am to 1:00pm

Turnbull Conference Center (TC)
555 W Pensacola St., Tallahassee, FL

Event Type

Training and Development, Presentations, Workshops & Seminars, Conferences

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Colleges, College of Social Work


$60 - General Public, $30 - FSU Faculty and Staff, $10 - Student

Faculty & Staff, General Public
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Savannah Collier

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