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Substance Use Disorder Community of Practice

What does a Community of Practice (CoP) do?
It encourages the translation of knowledge into action and provides a framework for information sharing, competence development, rich discussion, and mentoring; and creates, organizes, revises, and shares knowledge among members of the community.

What will this Substance Use Disorder (SUD) CoP do?
This CoP will consist of people who are engaged in the field of SUD treatment and prevention in any capacity including but not limited to consumers, providers, family members, researchers, recovery peers and advocates. The group may issue reports and recommendations to the legislative chairs and ranking minorities of committees in both local and regional governments.

The SUD CoP will address the following:

  1.  Identify gaps in substance use disorder treatment services;
  2.  Enhance collective knowledge of issues related to substance use disorder;
  3.  Understand evidence-based practices, best practices, and promising approaches toaddress substance use disorder;
  4.  Use knowledge gathered through the community of practice to develop strategic plans to improve outcomes for individuals who participate in substance use disorder treatment and related services in Minnesota;
  5.  Increase knowledge about the challenges and opportunities learned by implementing strategies;
  6.  Develop capacity for community advocacy

Legislative Language

The commissioner of human services, in consultation with substance use disorder subject matter experts, shall establish a substance use disorder community of practice. The purposes of the community of practice are to improve treatment outcomes for individuals with substance use disorders and reduce disparities by using evidence-based and best practices through peer-to-peer and person-to-provider sharing. (Minnesota Statutes 2021, Chapter 254B.151)

Meetings with Resources

Wednesdays - 9:00 -10:30 a.m.

The meetings from May to November 2022 are planning sessions to initiate a dialogue and to seek feedback on specific aspects of this venture.

What is in scope for these planning sessions?

  • Discussion on what is a community of practice
  • Seek feedback on draft deliverables to select a grantee to support the state in the development of a SUD CoP
  • Identify gaps in SUD treatment services
  • Determine how the six objectives will be accomplished
  • Discussion on shared meeting practices and mission statement

What is out of scope for these planning sessions?

  • Identifying solutions for gaps identified
  • Discussion on evidence-based and best practices through peer-to-peer and person-to-person sharing to improve treatment outcomes for individuals with SUD and reducing disparities

Once the SUD CoP is established, the out-of-scope items for the planning sessions will become the focus of this community. 

Contact Information

For more information about upcoming meetings or the SUD Community of Practice, contact Regina Acevedo at

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