You are cordially invited to join Health Options' 2021 Annual Member Meeting on Thursday, November 18, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. via Zoom's online meeting platform.
Use this Health Options' 2021 Annual Member Meeting link to register and get the login details at Eventbrite.
Our 2021 meeting will cover Health Options' year in review, including fiscal updates, grant activity, improvements to plans and procedures, and the 2022 Board of Directors’ election results. We will be joined by two speakers: Tym Rourke, senior director at Third Horizon Strategies and former director at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and Leslie Clark, executive director of Portland Recovery Community Center (PRCC).
Tym and Leslie will discuss “The Other Epidemic: Escalating Substance Use Disorders in Maine and Beyond.” As the pandemic continues, it’s more important than ever to devote state, federal, and community-based resources to removing barriers to care and improving substance use treatment. Tym and Leslie will discuss their experiences working to provide greater access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
For questions about the meeting, contact Health Options Member Services, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., at (855) 624-6463.
And remember to let your voice be heard! All Health Options Members 18 years and older are eligible to vote in our board of directors’ election. Candidate biographies and voting instructions have already reached you by email or traditional mail. Voting ends November 5, 2021.
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