August 29, 2023 | PMP Series: Legal Issues and Controlled Substance Prescribing: How to Make It Work for ME



Tuesday, August 29, 2023, 12:00-1:00pm

This webinar will build upon previous webinars on the topics of legal and regulatory requirements for controlled substance prescribing in Maine.  In addition, ways to approach the prescribing of controlled substances from an office and organization level will be discussed.  Time will be available to ask questions and offer up best practices.

– Understand the “Mandatory Use” and “Higher-Risk Prescriber” monitoring being done by the PMP
– Review Maine laws and rules related to opioid and other controlled substance prescribing
– Compare “Universal Precautions” policies and workflows intended to maximize patient safety and minimize prescriber risk


Elisabeth Fowlie Mock, MD Dr. Mock received her doctorate from Vanderbilt Medical School and a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.  She also attended Colby College and Emory University. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. She works primarily as a clinical educator and consultant with per diem hospitalist and buprenorphine clinic shifts and is Maine PMP Clinical and Policy Advisor for Maine’s Office of Behavioral Health.

Ben Townsend, Esq. Ben Townsend is a shareholder in the health care law firm of Kozak & Gayer, P.A., in Augusta, Maine. His practice concentrates primarily on strategic and transactional planning for health care providers, as well as professional societies, trade groups, provider networks, and others. He is a member of the Health Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association, and of the American Health Law Association. Since 2007, he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America under the category of “Health Care Law,” and he was named Augusta, Maine’s “Lawyer of the Year” for health care law for both 2016 and 2019. Mr. Townsend is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Maine School of Law. Following his graduation from law school, he clerked for Justice Samuel W. Collins, Jr., of the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine, and then practiced at Pierce Atwood before leaving to help start Kozak & Gayer. He is admitted to practice in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and in federal courts.

Eric Haram, LADC Eric is the owner of Haram Consulting, a health and behavioral healthcare consulting firm. Haram Consulting offers large- and small-scale technical assistance for all aspects of strategic planning, workforce development, and clinical and business systems design for states, institutions, and organizations. In this capacity, Eric is Senior Field Consultant to the Addiction Technology Transfer Center with Brown University, and National Implementation Consultant with the University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Engineering. Eric provides consultation to Maine Quality Counts on implementing SBIRT in Maine’s Patient Centered Medical Home, and to the states of Ohio, Mississippi, Texas, West Virginia, and Maine on medication-assisted treatment expansion. Recently, Eric served as co-chair of the U.S. Attorney’s Task Force on the Treatment and Prevention of Opioid Dependence, State of Maine. Since 1997, Eric has served Maine as Licensing Specialist, Public Health Educator, and Senior Manager of Corrections for Maine’s Office of Substance Abuse, and has directed behavioral services for Mid Coast Hospital, Mercy Recovery Center, and Crossroads for Women. He provides countless hours of advocacy for improved access to addiction and mental health treatment in the Maine State Legislature and was President and Board Chair of the Maine Association for Substance Abuse Programs from 2007–2013. Eric lives in coastal Maine with his wife and their two teenage daughters.

Prescribing clinicians and their teams

Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this regularly scheduled series for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity qualifies for 1 credit of the 3 CME credit requirement for opioid medication education found in P.L. 2015, Chapter 488, Maine’s legislation to address the opioid drug crisis.

*Nurses and Nurse Practitioners will be awarded a certificate of participation with a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Contact Hours
1 contact hour for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals.
1 Category I contact hour for psychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
1 contact hour CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.