Embracing Substance Use Treatment and Recovery in Primary Care

Primary Care is in a pivotal position to address the growing opioid and other substance use issues facing Maine’s citizens. It can only do so, however, in coordination with key community partners. Embracing Substance Use Treatment and Recovery in Primary Care – A Community Approach, will explore these important intersections. Greater Portland Health, in partnership with Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME), and Maine Medical Association (MMA), is convening leading national and local experts to share their knowledge and dialog together. There is no cost tfor attendance at this event. 




Seddon Savage, MD, Dartmouth Center on Addiction, Recovery and Education
Kenneth M. Carpenter, PhD, Center for Motivation and Change
Edward Perka, Center for Tobacco Independence
Laura Kehoe, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital Bridge Clinic
Panel Facilitator: Christopher Bersani, PsyD, ABPP
Panel experts: Ayorkor Gaba, PsyD. University of Massachusetts Medical School, MISSION Project | Jesse Harvey, Peer Support Coordinator, Greater Portland Health | Carolee Lindsey, LCSW, LADC, CCS, Catholic Charities Maine | Trip Gardner, MD, Hope House, Penobscot Community Health Center | David Loxtercamp, MD, Seaport Community Health Center


  • 6 contact hours for nurses.
    CCSME Provider Unit is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
    Accreditation status does not imply endorsement by ANCC, NE-MSD or CCSME Provider Unit.

  • 6 contact hours pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

  • 6 Category I contact hours for Psychologists are provided.
    CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.

  • 6 contact hours for CHES.
    CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

  • Certificate of attendance for 6 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and other professionals.

  • Up to 6 CME Credits.
    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation through the partnership of Maine Medical Education Trust and Greater Portland Health. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association to provide CME activities for physicians.


Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. Program begins at 8:15 a.m.

Bring your own lunch or assorted box lunches are available for purchase. If you would like a boxed lunch please select the ticket marked “Attendee Paid Lunch Included” to pay for your lunch. At check-in you will receive a lunch ticket. Otherwise, there are various options in the area to purchase lunch both on and off site.

Printable Registration Form

Refunds and Other Policies

Provided by Greater Portland Health with support from HRSA and in partnership with CCSME and Maine Medical Association.