Webinar Recordings: FEMA - Substance Misuse and Crisis Response Webinar - held on September 8th and the 15th

September 26, 2022
Substance Misuse and Crisis Response Webinar Series
September 8 & 15, 2022

The FEMA event was a tremendous learning experience and a great opportunity to grow our individual knowledge about the intersection of substance misuse in the work that we all do.



If you have any questions or would like to engage about how to partner with FEMA  in this space of work, please do not hesitate to reach out to Jed Fiato (CTR)at [email protected] and Lauren DeMarco [email protected].


Day 1: Introduction to Substance Misuse and Trauma Science for Emergency Managers


The shifting landscape in emergency management since the COVID 19 pandemic has created a situation where we cannot ignore the ongoing health crisis of substance misuse in our communities. The health crisis of substance misuse has many components, but in order for us to better respond to the needs of individuals struggling with addiction, we need to have a foundational understanding. This learning session will include an overview of the intersection between substance misuse and emergency response, a highlight of current health trends related to substance misuse, an introduction to the social determinants of health, and much more!


  • Maggie Jarry, M.Div. (she/her/hers), Emergency Coordinator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Tonya Tavares, MS, CCRP (she/her/hers), Opioid Response Network STR-TA Technology Transfer Specialist



Day 2: The Risk/Protective Factors Associated with Substance Misuse and Action Steps that We Can Take to Build Community Resilience


This session series will focus on the risk factors associated with substance misuse, highlighting some of the most important leading indicators for substance misuse. In addition, we will cover the protective factors for substance misuse so that we can better learn how to prevent more exposure to the indicators that lead to an increase in substance misuse. The session will wrap up with a dynamic panel discussion focused on building coalitions of community partnership that will lead to more resilience in this space.


  • Scott Gagnon MPP, PS-C (he/him/his), New England PTTC Director -Associate Executive Director, AdCare Educational Institute of Maine Inc Community Coalition Partnership Panel
  • Larry Bryant PhD, MPH, BSW, RRT (he/him/his), Opioid Response Network
  • Miriam Komaromy, MD, FACP, DFASAM, Professor of Medicine, Medical Director, Grayken Center for Addiction, Boston Medical Center, Boston University
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