The HOPE Consortium has announced that registration is now available for the fifth annual HOPE Consortium Conference, which will be held virtually Aug. 5-6.

The conference is designed for treatment and recovery service providers, criminal justice partners, human services, prevention professionals, and community and tribal leaders, featuring sessions on substance use disorder treatment and recovery. 

Individuals who work or reside in Clark, Forest, Iron, Jackson, Portage, Price, Oneida, Vilas or Wood counties, or Forest County Potawatomi, Ho Chunk, Lac du Flambeau Chippewa, or Sokaogon Chippewa tribal nations, are encouraged to attend. 

However, anyone interested in substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery in rural Wisconsin is invited to attend. 

A full list of presenters can be found on the HOPE Consortium webpage at hopeconsortium.org to see the full list of presenters. 

The registration fee of $25 closes Aug.3; early registration is encouraged. For more information, contact Wayne Sorenson at (715) 389-4587.

Sorenson, project manager with Family Health Center, Marshfield Clinic Health System, said that with the virtual platform, the number of sessions for the 2021 conference has nearly doubled, with 29 sessions and three keynotes on substance use disorder treatment and recovery. 

New for this year is a four-hour ethics and boundaries training on Aug. 5. 

The HOPE Consortium, formed in 2015, is a partnership of organizations in northern Wisconsin that came together in response to grant funding available under Wisconsin HOPE legislation to address growing problems associated with opioid misuse. It was expanded in 2017 to include the provision of care for those affected by methamphetamine use, and expanded in 2020 to central Wisconsin. Those served include adults and affected family members, with priority for those of childbearing age who are seeking substance use disorder treatment and recovery support.

Family Health Center of Marshfield, Inc. provides staff support to the HOPE Consortium.