COVID-19 has been associated with poor health outcomes regarding mental health challenges and substance use. The Detroit Area Mental Health Leadership Team, in collaboration with the Michigan Opioid Collaborative (MOC), are hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, September 30, 3-4:30 p.m., to hear stakeholders perspectives on the rise in substance use across Michigan since the pandemic began. How has COVID-19 affected substance use disorders (SUD)? What about the interaction between SUD and behavioral health comorbidities? For substance use, prevention and other providers, how has COVID-19 impacted your work?

Hear community-academic experts share their perceptions and engage in a discussion to share your ideas and perspectives that will be shaped to present a statewide community voice proclamation. The town hall agenda follows:

• What the Data Suggest: Cloe Bielby, Pathology Analyst, Medical Examiner and Forensic Services, Western Michigan University
• Changes in Delivery and Therapeutic Approaches Providers Employ since COVID-19: Dwight Vaughter, CEO, Self Help Addiction Rehabilitation (SHAR)
• What is Happening in the Community: Linda Davis, Executive Director, Families Against Narcotics (FAN)