The Behavioral Health Division, Department of Human Services, is seeking stakeholder engagement on policy recommendations from Minnesota’s Plan for the Prevention,Treatment and Recovery of Addiction policy recommendations report (PDF).
The report was developed with stakeholder engagement input from a core and fiscal stakeholder workgroup that was convened in 2016. The core workgroup incorporated and built on the recommendations of the 2013 Legislative Report: Minnesota's Model of Care for Substance use Disorder and the input collected in the fall 2015 ADAD listening sessions.
Several of the policy recommendations were included in legislation that passed as part of SUD reform legislation in 2017 (i.e. care coordination, peer recovery support, comprehensive assessments, direct reimbursement and withdrawal management).
We are now seeking stakeholder input on policy recommendations.
Stakeholder input will help inform the Division about what policy recommendations should be introduced in the 2019 legislative session. The Stakeholder Engagement WebEx's are intended to obtain stakeholder input from a broad audience. Participants can join the WebEx's based on availability and there is not an expectation that the same participants will be at each WebEx.
Clinical, Primary Prevention, and Problem Gambling sub-workgroups will be led by Behavioral Health Division staff and participation is open to WebEx registrants. Various WebEx’s pertaining to particular stakeholder engagement topics will be held at different times to encourage participation.
How can I participate?
Free Training Available September 7th
Any adult can buy Naloxone (Narcan, Evzio) and use it. At this FREE training, you’ll receive two Naloxone kits and information about how to dispense it safely.
For: Individuals and family members, State staff, and professionals, such as first responders
Date: Friday, September 7, 2018
Time: Rotating 1/2 hr trainings, 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, second floor, 540 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN
No registration is required, you may participate on a walk in basis.
Please view the event flyer (PDF) for more information.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are accepting applications for the State Opioid Response Grant (Short Title: SOR). These grants will be awarded to Single State Agencies (e.g. Behavioral Health Division, Alcohol and Drug Abuse section) via a formula based on the number of people with abuse or dependence on opioids with unmet treatment needs and the number of drug poisoning deaths.
The Behavioral Health Division, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Section is the Single State Agency currently involved in application planning for this grant. MN is eligible to receive around $8.7 million dollars per year, for Federal Fiscal Years 19 and 20. The grant is due to SAMHSA, on August 13, 2018. This grant is only available to state agencies.
The grant aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment using the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD) (including prescription opioids, heroin and illicit fentanyl and fentanyl analogs). We will keep partners and providers informed of this work as it progresses. Our plan will be to make these grant funds available through a competitive bid after we receive the funding.
In our SOR application we are looking to build upon the existing SAMHSA grants such as the State Targeted Response, Medication Assisted Treatment for Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction, and the Strategic Prevention Framework-Prescription Drugs. We are also looking to the 2018 opioid related recommendations as well as the opioid related items in the 2016 MN’s Plan for the Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery of Addiction. We would welcome your feedback and input on the SOR grant. Please send comments to: YourOpinionMatters.DHS@state.mn.us , with "State Opioid Response" in the subject line by July 13th, 2018.
The 2018 Biennial Report (PDF) includes information related to:
To view the report visit the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library.
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)
New SUD reform resources are now available on the substance use disorder reform page. Resources should be reviewed initially for background information on SUD reform, prior to reaching out to divisional staff. Although we encourage our partners and providers to reach out to us with questions, we want to reserve limited staff time to answering questions that are not available through the website resources. Website resources will provide our partners and providers with an understanding of the multi-year process, policy recommendations, and new services in the 2017 SUD reform legislation.
On June 1st the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division started work with Fast-Tracker, to expand their site to implement Minnesota’s first searchable online tool for statewide Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services. Fast-Tracker for SUD services will provide the ability to track real-time availability of statewide substance use disorder services, which is a critical element of a modern SUD system of care. Its implementation will save lives. In July, staff from Fast-Tracker will begin calling EVERY licensed SUD treatment and detoxification program in Minnesota to gather information to build the site, and explain how to update your program openings on a DAILY basis.
Share this article with colleagues. Inform pertinent staff that Fast-Tracker will be calling your program this summer to gather current information about your organization and services provided. Decide who within your organization should speak with Fast-Tracker staff and can provide program information and learn details of how to update your bed/slot openings DAILY. If you have any questions or would like to request a presentation from DHS on Fast-Tracker, please contact, Cindy Swan-Henderlite at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-431-2463. For more information view the Fast-Tracker (PDF).
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