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Welcome to the Catskills Addiction Coalition

3rd Annual Community Action Summit


January 8th-15th, 2021  

Join the Conversation! #CACActionWeek

View the sessions from our Action Week!  

The 2021 Catskills Addiction Coalition Annual Community Summit 

A Free Event!

January 8th-15th, 2021 Friday to Friday with daily interactive Zoom webinar sessions



Our online summit format allows attendees to participate in our Community Action Week without having to travel to Margaretville this year due to Covid-19. The event will continue to be the source for community-centered collaborative work focused on the prevention, treatment, and recovery needs with a focus on harm reduction for substance use and opioid use disorders in the Catskills Region. 

Follow the links below to View the sessions!

Friday January 8, 2021 9:00-Noon



January 9-15, 2021


View the sessions

Our 2019 and 2020 Summits

Kickoff Day Presenters

Friday, January 8, 2021


Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN

Co-Chair Catskills Addiction Coalition

Reischel, Julia

Julia Reischel

Co-Chair Catskills Addiction Coalition


Mark Pohar

Executive Director Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center


Carol O'Beirne

Executive Director Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce

Peg Ellsworth

Peg Ellsworth

Executive Director

M-ARK Project, Inc. 

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Joseph Damone

Catskills Addiction Coalition

CAC 2021 Summit


CAC 2021 Summit


CAC 2021 Summit



Friday, January 8, 2021 Kickoff Day

9:00-9:25 AM
Welcome and overview of the day 
9:25-9:35 AM
Update on progress and gaps, current data, and grant information
9:35-9:40 AM
Remembrance of those lost to SUD
9:40-9:50 AM
Harm Reduction
9:50-10:00 AM 
10:00-10:30 AM
Presentation of student videos, awards
10:30-11:45 AM
Panel discussion: People with lived experience 
11:45 AM- Noon 
Wrap-up, closing remarks, weekly session schedule, engagement 

January 9-15, 2021 Community Action Week Interactive web-based sessions. Click on the session link to view the presentations. 

Casie Mair-Miley, BSN, RN: Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, SUNY Delhi School of Nursing
Covid-19 and youth mental health: A school nurse perspective
Ashley Behrenfeld: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County
Current Drug Trends
Dr. Shelly Bartow, Executive Director of Delaware Opportunities
Understanding Risk Factors and Promoting Resiliency in LGBT Youth
Frank Canavan: The Community Pantry
Poverty and the food pantry
Justina Groeger, MD, MPH, Montefiore Medical Center, Presented by the Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center
Opioids and Older Adults
Jamie Smith and Seth Reynolds: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County
Substance Use/Misuse: Understanding the effects of substance use on the brain
Courtney Hayes, LMSW: Truth Pharm
Science of Addiction and overdose reversal training: Virtual Narcan Training
Justine Waldman, MD,FACEP CEO Reach Medical
Low Threshold Medication Assisted Therapy
Courtney Hayes, LMSW Project Coordinator Truth Pharm
Shawna Has a Secret: Finding evidence of substance use and clearing the confusion
Amanda Martin Decker: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County
Intentional Wellbeing: A look at chronic stress and strategies to promote resilience
Julia Reischel, Catskills Addiction Coalition and Alicia Griffin, Maternity Peer and Certified Recovery Peer Advocate, Samadhi
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Emily England, Director of Programs- Harm Reduction of the Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP)
Syringe Exchanges: A public health approach that works
Carol O'Beirne & Glen Pedersen: Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce, Dennis Morgan, & a panel of small business owners.
Recovery Friendly Businesses: Be a business that makes a difference
Courtney Hayes, LMSW Project Coordinator Truth Pharm
Science of Addiction and overdose reversal training: Virtual Narcan Training
Courtney Hayes, LMSW Project Coordinator Truth Pharm
Shawna has a Secret: Finding evidence of substance use and clearing the confusion
Michelle McElroy, Deputy Executive Director The Southern Tier Aids Program
Harm Reduction: It can be hard, but it works. Evidence and rewards.
David McNamara: Samadhi
Mindfulness based recovery and the Samadhi Center
Joyce St. George: Catskills Addiction Coalition and panel
The Role of Law Enforcement in Recovery Friendly Communities: Police reform, addiction and mental health
James Anderson, PhD LCHP Medical Director Licensed Psychologist Bassett Healthcare Network
Project ECHO and primary care buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder: Implementation and clinical outcomes
Arnie Schwartz and Panel
"A Wing and a Prayer: A play about addiction
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Discussion Forum

Join the conversation! Visit our discussion forum to become a part of the community.

We are remembering individuals lost to SUD during our Community Action Week. If you would like to submit a photo, name, and story in remembrance, please click the candle to be taken to the memorial page.


Who Should Attend? 

  • Individuals affected by SUD/OUD

  • Educators

  • Law Enforcement

  • The Arts Community

  • Nurses, N.P.s and P.A.s

  • Physicians

  • Social Workers

  • Policy Makers & Civic Leaders

  • The Business Community

  • Interested Community Members

  • Students

  • Transportation Sector

  • Criminal Justice 

  • Faith Leaders

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is there a cost to attend the summit?

A. No. The Action Week Zoom sessions are free to attend.

Q. Will registering for the Action Week add me to a mailing list/SPAM?

A. No. Your email and name is needed to register and to receive the post session evaluation, but will not be used otherwise. 


Q. Can anyone join/can I invite anyone? 

A.  Yes and No. We will be screening who registers and enters the sessions to maintain privacy for any sessions that are sensitive        in nature. Please contact for questions/concerns.

Q. Is there a limit to the number of attendees? 

A.  Yes. We are limited to 500 registrants for the Kickoff day webinar, and 100 per Zoom session during the Action Week.

Q. Will participants/attendees be visible on video? 

A.  Yes and No. Only the moderator/facilitator and the panelists will be visible in the webinar session on Kickoff Day. Attendees          can turn off their cameras during regular Zoom sesssions.  

Q. Will I be able to ask questions? 

A.  Yes. The Zoom sessions will have a chat feature enabled where you may place questions/comments and there will be                      dedicated times for discussion. 

Q. How can I access the recordings of the summit?

A. The Zoom sessions will be available after the close of the Action Week, via either file or YouTube. Please stay tuned. 

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The work of the Catskills Addiction Coalition is carried out through our partnerships with other organizations and awarded grants. Thank you to our sponsors and those who through collaborative work, continue to make our communities recovery-friendly!

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Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the Collaborative Communities Award. The Community Collaborative Learning Funds are managed by Healthy Places by Design, and part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and RWJF Culture of Health Prize programs which are collaborations between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

 The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the named organizations, nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by these organizations.

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