The 2009 Minnesota legislature directed the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) to prepare for the 2011 legislature a statewide rate methodology for the Consolidated Chemical Treatment Fund (CCDTF). The methodology will replace county-negotiated rates with a uniform statewide methodology that includes a graduated reimbursement scale based on the patients’ level of acuity and complexity and performance add-ons.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services is working with individuals, providers, counties and stakeholders to update our substance use disorder (SUD) treatment system. See the substance use disorder reform page for more information.
Women’s Recovery Services helps women in treatment remain alcohol and drug free, get and keep a job, stay out of the criminal justice system, have stable housing, get physical and mental health services for themselves and their children, and deliver babies who test negative for substances at birth.
We invite you to take a few minutes to review this year's Minnesota Annual Synar Report and provide comments before the report is finalized and submitted to SAMHSA.
The report will be accessible to view and provide comment from December 20, 2017 through 4 pm on December 26, 2017.
Overview: In July 1992, Congress enacted the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration Reorganization Act (P.L. 102-321), which includes an amendment (section 1926) aimed at decreasing youth access to tobacco. This amendment, named for its sponsor, Congressman Mike Synar of Oklahoma, requires States (i.e., all States, the District of Columbia, and the 8 U.S. Territories) to enact and enforce laws prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 18.
The Synar program is the set of actions put in place by States, with the support of the Federal Government, to implement the requirements of the Synar Amendment. The Amendment was developed in the context of a growing body of evidence about the health problems related to tobacco use by youth, as well as evidence about the ease with which youth could purchase tobacco products through retail sources. The Synar program is a critical component of the success of youth tobacco use prevention efforts. - SAMHSA
The regulation requires that States:
The Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) has conducted the Congratulate and Educate program since 2014. The program’s goals are to implement tobacco merchant education and increase the number of tobacco compliance checks across Minnesota. Congratulate and Educate achieves this through encouraging and supporting community policing by providing resources to local law enforcement and public health agencies to conduct educational tobacco compliance checks and provide tobacco merchant education.
Retailers that pass the compliance check receive a certificate. Rather than issuing a citation to those that fail, participating law enforcement and public health agencies provide retailers education on the consequences of future violations and procedures to help the retailer avoid selling tobacco to minors. The participating agency also provides materials to the establishment’s owner or manager, including the inspection date and results and information to educate their employees on best practices to avoid selling tobacco to minors.
Final 2017 Congratulate and Educate Report-Youth Tobacco Compliance Checks (PDF)
The Minnesota Department of Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (Single State Authority) proposes a comprehensive Minnesota State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis (“MN Opioid STR”). This proposal reflects collaborative planning efforts between The Minnesota Department of Human Services Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division, Health Care Administration and Office of Indian Policy along with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). For more information, please see the Minnesota State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis - Project Narrative (PDF).
In June of 2016, members of the American Indian community met for a day of engagement focused on cultural historical and current trauma and its relational impact with DHS and American Indian Urban Communities and Tribes.
The Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) provides students, parents and their communities a dynamic vehicle for on-going communication about issues vital to the health, safety and academic success of youth.
The Minnesota Survey on Adult Substance Use (MNSASU) is a statewide survey conducted periodically by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to gather information about substance use and treatment need for substance use disorders among adults in Minnesota.
Women’s Recovery Services Consumer Advisory Groups offers help not only for women services grantees but also other CD providers and behavioral health organizations and agencies. All of DHS’s Women Recovery Services grantees are required as part of their grant contract to establish consumer advisory groups which would be utilized throughout their program’s planning, implementation and evaluation efforts.
The 2014 Legislature required DHS to produce a report that outlines a plan to include detoxification services as a covered Medical Assistance benefit. This report recommends that Minnesota develop a model for withdrawal management services that incorporates needed medical services. The report further recommends the state seek approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to add withdrawal management services to the state’s Medicaid benefit set. The report recommends the new service model include two intensity levels of withdrawal management service, to either supplant or add to current detoxification service standards (Rule 32).
During the 2012 Legislative Session, the Minnesota Legislature enacted a law directing the Commissioner of Human Services to collaborate with counties, tribes, and other stakeholders to develop a community-based integrated model of care to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the service continuum for chemically dependent individuals in Minnesota. This report provides an overview of the model of care and concludes with recommendations for implementation.
The Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy is a partnership with the departments of Public Safety, Corrections, Health and Education as well as the judicial branch and the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy to collaborate and address substance abuse and its effects on our residents and state.
More information is available within the State Substance Abuse Strategy Report DHS-6908 (PDF).
The Drug and Alcohol Abuse Normative Evaluation System (DAANES) provides policy-makers, planners, service providers and others in Minnesota with access to current information about chemical dependency treatment activities across the continuum of care.
Success in reducing past 30-day youth alcohol use rates. How do we know prevention services funded by the MN Department of Humans Services, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) are making a positive difference in Minnesota? Four state agencies in MN (the Departments of Education, Health, Human Services & Public Safety), combine resources to conduct a student survey every three years. ADAD used the past 30-day alcohol use rate, as measured by the MSS among 6th – 12th graders to show that the funded communities had a statistically greater rate of decline in past 30-day use than the decline for the rest of the state during the time these communicates received alcohol prevention funding from ADAD.
The Synar Annual Report documents compliance with laws restricting access of minors to retail tobacco products and measurement of retailer compliance. States are required to reach the goal of 80 percent tobacco retailer compliance over the course of several years.
Prevention Resource Centers provide information, resource material and technical assistance to community groups and organizations engaged in prevention activities.
Minnesota Prevention Resource Center (MPRC)
38460 Lincoln Trail
North Branch, MN 55056
651-674-4085 (telephone number)
651-277-4085 (fax number)
Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center (MIWRC)
2300 15th Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-728-2000 (telephone number)
The Citizens Advisory Council, also known as the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council, is established in Minnesota Statutes, section 254A.04. This council advises the Department of Human Services on alcohol and other drug dependency and abuse and is composed of 10 members. Five members are individuals whose interests or training are in the field of alcohol dependency and abuse and five members have interests or training in the field of dependency and abuse of drugs other than alcohol. The commissioners of Human Services and Health appoint members. Contact the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office to be considered for an appointment to a position through the open appointments process. Each month a listing of vacancies appears on its website: www.sos.state.mn.us. An application form also is available on the site. For more appointment information, call the Secretary of State’s Office at 651-297-5845 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The council meets quarterly on the third Friday of the month from 9:30-2 p.m.
$55 per Diem plus expenses, (mileage (the current IRS rate of $.54/mile), meals, parking, lodging, child care expenses), according to DHS policy.
Appointments are for four years.
For more information on the Citizens Advisory Council, please contact Jacob Owens at 651-431-2237.
The American Indian Advisory Council, established in Minnesota Statutes section 254A.035, helps the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division in reviewing proposals and formulating policies and procedures relating to chemical dependency and the abuse of alcohol and other drugs by American Indians. The council consists of 17 persons who are American Indians and who are appointed by the commissioner of Human Services. The commissioner appoints one representative from each of the federally recognized Minnesota tribes, as well as representatives from the urban Indian communities of International Falls and Duluth. Two representatives each are from the Minneapolis and St. Paul urban Indian communities. Applications are available through the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division.
For more information about the American Indian Advisory Council, please contact Donald W. Moore at 651-431-2461.