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CharterCARE hosts national substance abuse leader from Department of Health and Human Services

On September 1, CharterCARE hosted a visit from Kimberly A. Johnson, Ph.D., Director for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). Dr. Johnson was visiting Rhode Island to learn more about collaborative efforts statewide to address substance abuse issues. She was particularly interested in our system’s designation as the first Level of Care 1 Facility for treating overdose and opioid disorders, along with the Pilot Program for Recovery Coaches in the Emergency Department at Roger Williams.

Dr. Johnson is pictured here (middle with black suit jacket and striped shirt) with staff from CharterCARE, Roger Williams and several organizations and state agencies dedicated to improving the lives of those with substance abuse issues in Rhode Island. SAMSHA is the agency with the Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts on behavioral health issues.