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BOARD/COMMISSION:  Opioid Epidemic Response Advisory Council


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540 Cedar St.
St. Paul, MN
55101

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Supporting Entity/Enabling Legislation Supported by Department of Human Services (DHS)

ENABLING LEGISLATION
Enabled: 07-01-2019

Chair and Contact
CONTACT
Neerja Singh
(651) 431-2246
  • CHAIR
Membership

Subd. 2. Membership. (a) The council shall consist of the following 19 voting members, appointed by the commissioner of human services except as otherwise specified, and three nonvoting members:

(1) two members of the house of representatives, appointed in the following sequence:  the first from the majority party appointed by the speaker of the house and the second from the minority party appointed by the minority leader. Of these two members, one member must represent a district outside of the seven-county metropolitan area, and one member must represent a district that includes the seven-county metropolitan area. The appointment by the minority leader must ensure that this requirement for geographic diversity in appointments is met;

(2) two members of the senate, appointed in the following sequence: the first from the majority party appointed by the senate majority leader and the second from the minority party appointed by the senate minority leader. Of these two members, one member must represent a district outside of the seven-county metropolitan area and one member must represent a district that includes the seven-county metropolitan area. The appointment by the minority leader must ensure that this requirement for geographic diversity in appointments is met;

(3) one member appointed by the Board of Pharmacy;

(4) one member who is a physician appointed by the Minnesota Medical Association;

(5) one member representing opioid treatment programs, sober living programs, or substance use disorder programs licensed under chapter 245G;

(6) one member appointed by the Minnesota Society of Addiction Medicine who is an

addiction psychiatrist;

(7) one member representing professionals providing alternative pain management therapies, including, but not limited to, acupuncture, chiropractic, or massage therapy;

(8) one member representing nonprofit organizations conducting initiatives to address the opioid epidemic, with the commissioner's initial appointment being a member representing the Steve Rummler Hope Network, and subsequent appointments representing this or other organizations;

 (9) one member appointed by the Minnesota Ambulance Association, who is serving with an ambulance service as an emergency medical technician, advanced emergency medical technician, or paramedic;

(10) one member representing the Minnesota courts who is a judge or law enforcement officer;

(11) one public member who is a Minnesota resident and who is in opioid addiction recovery;

(12) two members representing Indian tribes, one representing the Ojibwe tribes and one representing the Dakota tribes;

(13) one public member who is a Minnesota resident and who is suffering from chronic pain, intractable pain, or a rare disease or condition;

(14) one mental health advocate representing persons with mental illness;

(15) one member appointed by the Minnesota Hospital Association;

(16) one member representing a local health department; and

(17) the commissioners of human services, health, and corrections, or their designees, who shall be ex officio nonvoting members of the council.

Member Info

COMPENSATION

  • Per Diem: $
  • Other Compensation:

MEMBERSHIP DETAILS

  • Requires Older Member - no
  • Requires Senate Approval - no
  • Members file campaign finance and disclosure - no

Entity Powers and Duties, Activity Summary

Subdivision 1.  Establishment of the advisory council.  (a) The Opiate Epidemic Response Advisory Council is established to develop and implement a comprehensive and effective statewide effort to address the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic in Minnesota. The council shall focus on: 

(1) prevention and education, including public education and awareness for adults and youth, prescriber education, the development and sustainability of opioid overdose prevention and education programs, the role of adult protective services in prevention and response, and providing financial support to local law enforcement agencies for opiate antagonist programs; 

(2) training on the treatment of opioid addiction, including the use of all Food and Drug Administration approved opioid addiction medications, detoxification, relapse prevention, patient assessment, individual treatment planning, counseling, recovery supports, diversion control, and other best practices; 

(3) the expansion and enhancement of a continuum of care for opioid-related substance use disorders, including primary prevention, early intervention, treatment, recovery, and aftercare services; and 

(4) the development of measures to assess and protect the ability of cancer patients and survivors, persons battling life threatening illnesses, persons suffering from severe chronic pain, and persons at the end stages of life, who legitimately need prescription pain medications, to maintain their quality of life by accessing these pain medications without facing unnecessary barriers. The measures must also address the needs of individuals described in this clause who are elderly or who reside in underserved or rural areas of the state. 

(b) The council shall: 

(1) review local, state, and federal initiatives and activities related to education, prevention, treatment, and services for individuals and families experiencing and affected by opioid use disorder; 

(2) establish priorities to address the state's opioid epidemic, for the purpose of recommending initiatives to fund; 

(3) recommend to the commissioner of human services specific projects and initiatives to be funded; 

(4) ensure that available funding is allocated to align with other state and federal funding, to achieve the greatest impact and ensure a coordinated state effort; 

(5) consult with the commissioners of human services, health, and management and budget to develop measurable outcomes to determine the effectiveness of funds allocated; and 

(6) develop recommendations for an administrative and organizational framework for the allocation, on a sustainable and ongoing basis, of any money deposited into the separate account under section 16A.151, subdivision 2, paragraph (f), in order to address the opioid abuse and overdose epidemic in Minnesota and the areas of focus specified in paragraph (a). 

(c) The council, in consultation with the commissioner of management and budget, and within available appropriations, shall select from the awarded grants projects that include promising practices or theory-based activities for which the commissioner of management and budget shall conduct evaluations using experimental or quasi-experimental design. Grants awarded to proposals that include promising practices or theory-based activities and that are selected for an evaluation shall be administered to support the experimental or quasi-experimental evaluation and require grantees to collect and report information that is needed to complete the evaluation. The commissioner of management and budget, under section 15.08, may obtain additional relevant data to support the experimental or quasi-experimental evaluation studies. 

(d) The council, in consultation with the commissioners of human services, health, public safety, and management and budget, shall establish goals related to addressing the opioid epidemic and determine a baseline against which progress shall be monitored and set measurable outcomes, including benchmarks. The goals established must include goals for prevention and public health, access to treatment, and multigenerational impacts. The council shall use existing measures and data collection systems to determine baseline data against which progress shall be measured. The council shall include the proposed goals, the measurable outcomes, and proposed benchmarks to meet these goals in its initial report to the legislature under subdivision 5, paragraph (a), due January 31, 2021.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY



Meeting Information
Meetings typically last: Quarterly meetings 6 hours. Monthly check-in 2-4 hours.
Meeting Frequency: Meeting Frequency: 50% of meetings will be at Elmer L. Anderson Human Services Building or another location in the metro area and 50% of meetings will be outside of the metro area. This is subject to change based on the needs of the committee.

Meetings are held at:
Meetings are held at: The chair shall convene the council at least quarterly, and may convene other meetings as necessary. The chair shall convene meetings at different locations in the state to provide geographic access, and shall ensure that at least one-half of the meetings are held at locations outside of the seven-county metropolitan area.


Fiscal Information
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NAME
POSITION
APPLICATION DATE
ACTION
Bradford Teslow
Mental Health Advocate Representative
8/12/2019
Aaron Wittnebel
Public Member (with chronic pain, intractable pain, or a rare disease or condition)
8/10/2019
Thomas Bourque
Public Member (with chronic pain, intractable pain, or a rare disease or condition)
8/15/2019
Thomas Bourque
Public Member (with chronic pain, intractable pain, or a rare disease or condition)
8/15/2019
Margarita Margarita Ortega
Minnesota Indian Tribes Representatives (Dakota & Ojibwe)
9/16/2019
George Lewis George Lewis
Public Member (in opioid addiction recovery)
5/15/2020
Mrs Krista Garske
Public Member (in opioid addiction recovery)
5/31/2020
Tiffany Irvin
Public Member (in opioid addiction recovery)
5/31/2020
Joseph Banks
Minnesota Courts Representative ( judge or law enforcement officer)
9/13/2019
Owner Von-Shan Billingsley
Licensed Opioid Treatment Program, Sober Living Program, or Substance Use Disorder Program Representative
8/12/2019
Owner Von-Shan Billingsley
Licensed Opioid Treatment Program, Sober Living Program, or Substance Use Disorder Program Representative
8/12/2019
Joni Buffalohead buffa003@umn.edu
Licensed Opioid Treatment Program, Sober Living Program, or Substance Use Disorder Program Representative
9/5/2019
Mr Brian Zirbes
Licensed Opioid Treatment Program, Sober Living Program, or Substance Use Disorder Program Representative
5/19/2020
Daniel Eby
Licensed Opioid Treatment Program, Sober Living Program, or Substance Use Disorder Program Representative
5/23/2020
Nikki Urang
Licensed Opioid Treatment Program, Sober Living Program, or Substance Use Disorder Program Representative
6/16/2020
Mr James Joohnson Jr
Nonprofit Organization (conducting initiatives to address opioid epidemic) * Note the initial appointment is for a member representing the Steve Rummler Hope Network
8/21/2019
Shelly Elkington
Nonprofit Organization (conducting initiatives to address opioid epidemic) * Note the initial appointment is for a member representing the Steve Rummler Hope Network
5/11/2020

No pending appointments found.

POSITION/SEAT
APPOINTING AUTHORITY
MEMBER NAME
STATUS
TERM END
ACTION
Addiction Psychiatrist representing Minnesota Society of Addiction Medicine
Executive Director
Filled
07/30/2023
Ambulance Association Rep - EMT, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic
Commissioner of Human Services
Filled
09/23/2023
Board of Pharmacy Representative
Executive Director
Filled
07/10/2023
Commissioner - Department of Corrections
Commissioner of Corrections
Commissioner - Department of Health
Commissioner of Health
Commissioner - Department of Human Services
Commissioner of Human Services
Minnesota House - Majority Party
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Filled
07/30/2023
Minnesota House - Minority Party
House Minority Leader
Filled
07/30/2023
Minnesota Senate - Majority Party
Senate Majority Leader
Filled
07/19/2023
Minnesota Senate - Minority Party
Senate Minority Leader
Filled
07/29/2023
Physician representing Minnesota Medical Association
Executive Director
Filled
05/04/2024
Staff Contact
Staff
Filled
06/17/2023
Staff Contact #2
Staff
Filled
07/02/2023
Staff Contact #2
Staff
Filled
07/02/2023

Current Members (11)
POSITION/SEAT
APPOINTING AUTHORITY
MEMBER NAME
STATUS
TERM END
Alternative Pain Management Therapies Representative
Commissioner of Human Services
Filled
09/25/2023
Licensed Opioid Treatment Program, Sober Living Program, or Substance Use Disorder Program Representative
Commissioner of Human Services
Posted
09/25/2023
Local Department of Health Representative
Commissioner of Human Services
Filled
09/25/2023
Mental Health Advocate Representative
Commissioner of Human Services
Filled
09/25/2023
Minnesota Courts Representative ( judge or law enforcement officer)
Commissioner of Human Services
Filled
09/25/2023
Minnesota Hospital Association Representative
Commissioner of Human Services
Filled
09/25/2023
Minnesota Dakota Tribe Representative
Commissioner of Human Services
Filled
09/26/2023
Minnesota Ojibwe Tribe Representative
Commissioner of Human Services
Filled
09/26/2023
Nonprofit Organization Representative
Commissioner of Human Services
Filled
09/25/2023
Public Member (in opioid addiction recovery)
Commissioner of Human Services
Posted
09/25/2023
Public Member (with chronic pain, intractable pain, or a rare disease or condition)
Commissioner of Human Services
Filled
09/25/2023