Initial Opioid Abatement Summit Held in Stevens Point

Aug 19, 2022

On August 22, 2022, the Wisconsin Counties Association held their initial Summit on Opioid Epidemic Abatement, with over 150 county and local officials in attendance. The event, held at the Holiday Inn Stevens Point Convention Center, was the first opportunity for counties and municipalities that are receiving settlement funds from opioid litigation to gather to discuss how to work together to maximize abatement efforts.

“This event gave attendees a chance to hear from subject matter experts from the state and national level about next steps, best practices and resources that are available to counties as they begin the process of maximizing settlement dollars,” said WCA President & CEO Mark D. O’Connell. “As settlement dollars come in, we anticipate holding more sessions like this to empower local governments to collaborate, as well as brief them on the latest happenings regarding this critically important issue. It is exciting to begin thinking about how to best put these funds to work in abating the opioid epidemic in communities throughout the state.”


10:00-10:15 a.m.
Mark D. O’Connell
President & CEO
Wisconsin Counties Association

10:15-10:30 a.m.
Jennifer Malcore
Chief of Staff
State Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu

10:30-11:00 a.m.
Andrew Phillips
President & CEO
Attolles Law, s.c.

11:00-11:30 a.m.
Paul Krupski
Director of Opioid Initiatives
Wisconsin Department of Health Services

12:00-1:00 p.m.
Ashleigh Holand
Director of Futures Lab
National Association of Counties

Samantha Karon, MPH
Senior Program Manager for Substance Use Disorder
National Association of Counties

Sara Whaley, MPH ’20, MSW, MA
Research Associate
Health Policy and Research Department
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins

1:00-1:30 p.m.
Q&A and Discussion
Event Speakers

1:30-2:00 p.m.
Next Steps
Andrew Phillips
President & CEO
Attolles Law, s.c.

For additional information, please contact the Wisconsin Counties Association at 866.404.2700.