The 2017 Minnesota legislature directed the commissioner to contract with an outside expert to identify recommendations for the development of a substance use disorder residential treatment program model and payment structure that is not subject to the federal institutions for mental diseases exclusion and that is financially sustainable for providers, while incentivizing best practices and improved treatment outcomes.
The Minnesota Study of Substance Use Disorder Reimbursement, conducted by Mercer Government Human Services Consulting (Mercer), and previous mental health rates study will be leveraged as part of broader efforts to simplify the payment structures so that they are more transparent, understandable, fair, and more simple to support over time.
When SUD services rates are reformed they must done so in a way that allows for the integration of mental health and substance use disorder services, as well as, the integration of behavioral health services with the broader health care continuum. This will allow consistency and transparency for all providers in Minnesota and allow equitable access for the people we serve.
The 2018 Minnesota’s Plan for the Prevention, Treatment and Recovery of Addiction report provides a summary of the current substance use disorder (SUD) policy recommendations put forth by the Department of Human Services, Behavioral Health Division.
The report includes recommendations on:
The first Minnesota’s Plan for the Prevention, Treatment and Recovery of Addiction report was published in August of 2016.
We encourage your feedback on the 2018 policy recommendations report. Please email feedback to YourOpinionMatters.DHS@state.mn.us
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.
RFP Questions 1st and 2nd email posting: January 10, 2019 (PDF)
RFP Questions 3rd email posting: January 16, 2019 (PDF)
RFP Questions 4th email posting: January 23, 2019 (PDF)
RFP Questions 5th email positing: February 1, 2019 (PDF)
RFP Questions 6th email posting: February 6, 2019 (PDF)
RFP Questions Final email posting: February 15, 2019 (PDF)
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’ Behavioral Health Division 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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