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The Midwest Rural Opioid & Stimulant Conference will be held Sept. 17-19, 2024, in Kansas City!

Conference Highlights

The conference will feature sessions focusing on opioid and stimulant use in rural areas across the country, along with innovative partnerships, evidence-based and research-based approaches, and networking opportunities. Speakers will come together in person and virtually to share information on various topics, including:

  • Harm reduction strategies
  • Collegiate recovery initiatives
  • MAT (MOUD) mobile units
  • Inclusive language addressing diverse populations
  • Bridging prevention and treatment to build partnerships

Continuing Education 

A certificate of attendance will be available for attendees who complete the evaluation at the end of the conference. The evaluation link will be available for all attendees to complete by Friday, September 20th. After completing the evaluation, you will receive an email with your certificate attached. Please get in touch with if you have issues with the evaluation link or downloading your certificate.

Please note:

We are in the process of gaining CEU approval from other professional organizations. We encourage you to continue registering during this period. CEUs for prevention/treatment are currently approved by the Iowa Board of Certification. CEUs are approved, with the submission of a certificate of attendance, in Kansas and Nebraska. We are currently working on approval for CEUs for those in Missouri and will update you as we have more information. Your local certification board may approve CEUs by submitting your certificate and conference agenda - this is at the discretion of each entity on an individual basis. 

We look forward to having you join us in Overland Park. Our conference offers an opportunity for individuals to participate in person or virtually. Registration for the conference is $200 for in-person attendance and $150 for virtual attendance. After August 27th, late registration will increase to $250. The registration link includes billing information, meal selection, and choice of virtual or in-person attendance. Please note that the "Ethics Training Session" is in-person only.

Lodging information can be found here.

If you have questions about the conference, please email Jodee Goche at

Through the Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center (ROTA-R) funding, PPSI has worked to provide education across the four-state region – Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas – to increase access to opioid and stimulant education and resources.


Featured Speakers

Agenda Overview 

Our event will begin with an in-person "Ethics Training Session" on September 17th from 12-3:00 p.m., including three continuing education credits approved for substance abuse prevention and treatment credit hours. This training is sponsored by our partners at the Opioid Response Network (ORN) and is free to attend!

On Tuesday afternoon, we will open registration and feature our exhibitors. Individuals from Region 7 will share their work in their states and highlight regional initiatives. We will continue this afternoon with the Poster Session, where you will hear from communities doing exciting work, such as MAT (MOUD) on the move – tour the mobile unit from the University of Iowa. You can learn more about resilience in communities, workplace recovery, and collegiate recovery during the poster session.

Wednesday will be a full day with breakfast starting the day at 7:30 a.m. and our plenary session with speaker Alex Elswick beginning at 9:00.   Join us at noon, where we will begin the time with a recovery workforce panel discussion followed by lunch served to attendees. There will be time to view the exhibits and grab a refreshment before heading to the last session of the day wrapping up at 5:00.

On Thursday, we will begin again with breakfast and our plenary session featuring Nigel Wrangham and our last breakout sessions that will wrap up at 11:45.   Remember to sign out before you leave to receive CEUs for attending the conference.