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Opioid Epidemic Response Advisory Council

In 2019, Governor Tim Walz signed the Opiate Epidemic Response bill into law, which raises funds from prescribers, drug manufacturers and distributors to fight the opioid crisis, while creating the Opioid Epidemic Response Advisory Council to oversee the funding.

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The Opiate Epidemic Response law

The Opiate Epidemic Response law is expected to raise $20 million annually through fees and for prescribers, drug manufacturers and distributors. The fees collected will go into an opiate epidemic response account established in the state government special revenue fund. This means there will be sustainable funding to fight the opioid epidemic and therefore more sustainable treatment and recovery services across the state.

The purpose of the council

The Opiate Epidemic Response bill establishes the Opioid Epidemic Response Advisory Council to develop and implement a comprehensive and effective statewide effort to address the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic in Minnesota.

The council will:

  • Review of local, state and federal initiatives and activities related to education, prevention, treatment and services for individuals and families experiencing and affected by opioid use disorder
  • Establish priorities to address the state’s opioid epidemic, for the purpose of recommending initiatives to fund
  • Recommend to the commissioner of human services specific projects and initiatives to be funded
  • Ensure that available funding is allocated to align with other state and federal funding to achieve the greatest impact and ensure a coordinated state effort
  • Consult with the commissioners of human services, health, and management and budget to develop measurable outcomes to determine the effectiveness of funds allocated
  • Develop recommendations for an administrative and organizational framework for the allocation, on a sustainable and ongoing basis, of any money collected from the Opiate Epidemic Response.

Council membership

The council will be made up of legislators from both bodies, tribal nations, state agency representatives, providers, advocates and individuals personally impacted by the opioid crisis, as well as representation from law enforcement, social service agencies and the judicial branch.

A full list of council seats can be found at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office.

The commissioner of human services shall coordinate the commissioner’s appointments to provide geographic, racial and gender diversity, and shall ensure that at least one-half of council members appointed by the commissioner reside outside of the seven-county metropolitan area. Of the members appointed by the commissioner, to the extent practicable, at least one member must represent a community of color disproportionately affected by the opioid epidemic.

The council shall convene at least quarterly, and may convene other meetings as necessary. The chair shall convene meetings at different locations in the state to provide geographical access, and shall ensure that at least one-half of the meetings are held at locations outside of the seven-county metropolitan area.

Opiate Epidemic Response Advisory Council Initial Meeting

The first meeting of the Opioid Epidemic Response Advisory Council (OERAC) will be Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, St Paul, MN 55155, Conference Room 316.

Anyone who needs a reasonable accommodation or language assistance to participate in these meetings should email ASD.DHS@state.mn.us and Tara Holt at tara.holt@state.mn.us as soon as possible but no later than Friday September 20th 2019 and list the type of accommodation needed.

The Department of Human Services (DHS), which provides staff and administrative support to the council, will announce council membership on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.

The OERAC was established by the 2019 Minnesota Legislature to develop and implement a comprehensive and effective statewide effort to address the opiate addiction and overdose epidemic in Minnesota.

The council consists of 19 voting members, 11 of whom are appointed by the DHS commissioner, and eight of whom are direct appointments. The commissioners of the departments of Human Services, Health and Corrections (or their delegates) are also non-voting members.

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