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Mayor Brian Arrigo Increases Access to Substance Use-Related Services In Continuing Effort To Fight Opioid Epidemic

September 18, 2017

Mayor Brian Arrigo and the City of Revere’s Substance Use Disorder Initiatives Office have officially announced the hiring of Carrie-Ann Salemme as the City’s first in-house Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Direct Service Coordinator.

“As someone whose generation has been devastated by the Opioid epidemic, working to shatter the stigma around addiction and help Revere residents get the treatment they need is an important priority of my administration,” said Mayor Brian Arrigo.

“The SUD Office is doing an outstanding job using data-driven strategies to battle this crisis with compassion and care. Adding a Direct Service Coordinator will increase the office’s capacity to provide important services and make this work even more effective.”

Carrie-Ann is a Revere resident who self-identifies as a person in long-term recovery. As a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor (LADAC), Salemme brings a wealth of knowledge to this position. Before accepting this role, she was a City vendor who provided Peer Support Services throughout the community for six years. Prior to that, she served as the Head Counselor at East Boston Rehabilitation Center for five years, and spent one year working for North Suffolk Mental Health as a Recovery Coach.

Salemme recalls that her personal experience is what motivated her to enter the field in 2003. “I wanted to support those still suffering from this disease, who often resist seeking services due to the stigma associated with addiction.” Her main objective as the Direct Service Coordinator is serving as the primary point person for those seeking SUD-related support.

Salemme will play a key role in streamlining the workflow and coordination of SUDI's direct services effort. This includes collaborating with external providers to increase access to services, and removing barriers for those seeking further treatment.

Salemme will be working 19 hours per week out of the SUDI Office at 437 Revere Street, and is available by phone at (781) 922-6069 or by email at Her position is grant-funded.

Please contact the SUDI Office for more information at (781) 629-4158.

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