Advocacy and Public Policy Track

Sign of the Times: How Language Matters
9:20 AM EDT - 10:30 AM
Advocacy and Public Policy
Presented by:Jenna Neasbitt

In our session, we will work to develop a succinct understanding of how stigma affects individuals in recovery, particularly those using medication as part of their recovery pathway. We will also discuss implicit biases for those with substance use disorders, looking more closely at the substance use and recovery cultures of the workforce. We will identify some common misgivings, as well as effective responses to debunk beliefs and myths around medication and recovery.

Moderated by: Wesley Balmer
Recovery Policy in the Time of COVID
10:50 AM EDT - 12:00 PM
Advocacy and Public Policy
Presented by:Andrew Kessler

**NOTE - The recording of Andrew Kessler and his featured presentation begins at marker 1:24:00. The first portion of this recording is a separate presentation.

COVID-19 has thrown more than just a wrench into our policy agenda: It has co-opted the entire process wholesale. Now, and foreseeably for the rest of 2020 (and beyond) we must advance our priorities through the lens of the pandemic. Recovery support services have been severely impacted, but will also be in tremendous demand as the outbreak continues. Learn how we are advancing our agenda, and advocating for recovery support services in this new universe.

Moderated by: Wesley Balmer
The New 42 USC 290dd-2: Confidentiality for Substance Use Treatment and Recovery in Transition
2:00 PM EDT - 3:10 PM
Advocacy and Public Policy
Presented by:H. Westley Clark

This session will discuss the implications of the changes in federal 42 USC 290dd-2 created by the CARES Act. Attendees will learn of the migration of substantial parts of the old 42 USC 290dd-2 into a HIPAA oriented 42 USC 290dd-2. As a result of these changes, a new set of regulations addressing substance use disorder confidentiality will have to develop by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Moderated by: Wesley Balmer
Our Stories Have Power: Recovery Messaging Part 1
9:20 AM EDT - 10:30 AM
Advocacy and Public Policy
Presented by:Dean Lemire

Be among the first to experience the 2020 update to Faces & Voices of Recovery's staple community messaging training. Faces & Voices developed the Our Stories Have Power Recovery Community Messaging Training to give people in recovery and their family members talking points, strategies, and language that they can use to talk about recovery. The recovery community is speaking out to educate friends, neighbors, policymakers, and the Media about the reality of recovery so that others can benefit from it. This training is offered over two seventy-minute sessions.

Moderated by: Wesley Balmer
Our Stories Have Power: Recovery Messaging Part 2
10:50 AM EDT - 12:00 PM
Advocacy and Public Policy
Presented by:Dean Lemire

Be among the first to experience the 2020 update to Faces & Voices of Recovery's staple community messaging training. Faces & Voices developed the Our Stories Have Power Recovery Community Messaging Training to give people in recovery and their family members talking points, strategies, and language that they can use to talk about recovery. The recovery community is speaking out to educate friends, neighbors, policymakers, and the Media about the reality of recovery so that others can benefit from it. This training is offered over two seventy-minute sessions.

Moderated by: Wesley Balmer
Roundtable Discussion: Opioid Legislation
2:00 PM EDT - 3:10 PM
Advocacy and Public Policy
Presented by:Brandon George

Legislation: drugs, people, race, and jail. Let's talk policy and whether or not harm reduction, criminal justice reform, and recovery live in the same policy place

Legislation can be intimidating; even the word can shut people down. The legislative process is complex - so complex that many people are paid just to show others how to read the instruction book. Want to actually play? There's a person to pay for that too. In such complex issues, how do we navigate? Do signs and loud microphones work best? How do we get anyone to listen? Do I team up with others? These are all questions that anyone who stepped foot in a house or senate chamber has asked themselves. So many issues are intertwined and interconnected, we must learn how to navigate by finding champions and alliances that will further our cause.

Moderated by: Wesley Balmer