As you probably know, for the past year, we have been working with counties, tribes, providers, and the communities to remake and streamline client access to treatment and the state’s assessment and placement process. As we move closer to completing these SUD reform efforts, DHS will be holding a series of on-going ITV sessions to use your input in identifying and thoughtfully considering issues related to the implementation.
Therefore, SUD reform will create local and regional specific concerns and impacts that will require local and regional consideration and strategic solutions.
What we are asking:
DHS is asking counties and tribes to take part in a series of on-going ITV sessions about the parallel process and SUD reform implementation. We are in the process of confirming the following dates with the counties listed below.
DHS is also planning separate tribal-focused sessions as well.
About ITV: For those familiar with the WebEx format we’re currently using, ITV may be new. We are trying ITV because it should allow for more interactive discussion, and may be easier for questions and possibly panel discussions. Please note, we will continue to also use the WebEx format for on-going communication.
Questions? Email YourOpinionMatters.DHS@State.MN.US.
For more information, please see FAQs (Comprehensive): Substance Use Disorder Reform (PDF).
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)
During the month of June 2017, the Department of Human Services, Community Supports Administration and the Divisions of Federal Relations Health Care and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse held five 90 minute listening sessions that included;
This session was originally presented on October 20, 2015 and the Encore session was presented July 18, 2017. View this encore session and our newly updated Beyond the Data segment on the CDC Public Health Grand Rounds page.
For questions about this Grand Rounds topic, feel free to e-mail your questions to email@example.com.
In The CBHSQ Report, titled "Understanding Adolescent Inhalant Use," 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health data are used to explore inhalant use in the United States among those aged 12 or older.
The report highlights facts about adolescent inhalant use and types of inhalants commonly used by teens. View the report on the SAMHSA CBHSQ Report page.
The 2017 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series will provide resources and information on innovative approaches to address rural community behavioral health. Through these webinars participants will learn about strategies to create and sustain services and supports that reduce the impact of behavioral health issues and promote a good quality of life for an entire community. The series provides an opportunity for participants to learn from experts and is intended to facilitate peer-to-peer networking, knowledge exchange, and information sharing. Learn more about the sessions and register, see the Rural Behavioral Health website.
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).
OWH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a Grand Rounds session on opioid misuse in women. View the presentation and gain continuing education credits on the CDC website. (Be sure to also view “Beyond the Data,” a one-on-one interview with Mishka Terplan, M.D., M.P.H., FACOG, FASAM.)
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A new Surgeon General’s report finds alcohol and drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns. Nearly 21 million Americans – more than the number of people who have all cancers combined – suffer from substance use disorders.
“Alcohol and drug addiction take an enormous toll on individuals, families, and communities,” said U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. “Most Americans know someone who has been touched by an alcohol or a drug use disorder. Yet 90 percent of people with a substance use disorder are not getting treatment. That has to change.”
The report, “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health,” marks the first time a U.S. Surgeon General has dedicated a report to substance misuse and related disorders. The report addresses alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription drug misuse, with chapters dedicated to neurobiology, prevention, treatment, recovery, health systems integration and recommendations for the future. It provides an in-depth look at the science of substance use disorders and addiction, calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the issue and recommends actions we can take to prevent and treat these conditions and promote recovery.
“It’s time to change how we view addiction,” said Murthy. “Not as a moral failing but as a chronic illness that must be treated with skill, urgency and compassion. The way we address this crisis is a test for America.”
For the full report and executive summary, visit http://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/. More information about the work of the department’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division is on the DHS website.
In June 2016, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) of the Minnesota Department of Human Services convened a core stakeholder workgroup for the first of five 3-hour work sessions to continue efforts to modernize Minnesota’s substance use disorder (SUD) treatment system. The 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.
We were excited to have 20 members in the core stakeholder workgroup representing consumers/families, Tribal Nations, counties, providers, health plans, hospitals, prevention, problem gambling, culturally-specific providers and recovery care organizations.
A fiscal stakeholder workgroup has been convened and had its first meeting on August 12, 2016, this workgroup will make recommendations related to funding, including who will be responsible to pay for what.
MN’s Plan for the Prevention, Treatment and Recovery of Addiction reflects ADADs current policy recommendations following the stakeholder engagement and ADAD’s review of the discussions and feedback provided by stakeholders. Some of the policy recommendations require legislative action and some are within ADAD’s existing authority.
It is our hope that this is an important step in an ongoing collaboration with all entities that are affected by, pay for, or provide addiction services that will result in a reform package that will become a watershed moment for the citizens of Minnesota.
MN’s Plan for the Prevention, Treatment and Recovery of Addiction DHS-7269 (PDF)
The 2016 Biennial Report (PDF) includes information related to: