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STR Opioid Grant Services

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Vendor Name and Grant Focus Contact Name Contact Email
Minnesota Department of Health (Naloxone Distribution to EMS) The Minnesota Department of Health will provide Minnesota’s eight regional EMS (Emergency Medical Service) programs with funds to purchase opiate antagonists. EMS and law enforcement officers will be trained in the recognition, response and treatment of drug overdose. Dana Farley dana.farley@state.mn.us
Rural AIDS Action Network (RAAN) (Naloxone Distribution and Needle Exchange) The RAAN (Rural AIDS Action Network) will provide syringe exchange services, and naloxone training and distribution to community members and professionals. Mary McCarthy marym@raan.org
Steven Rummler Hope Foundation (Naloxone Distribution) The Steve Rummler HOPE Network will provide training and naloxone kits to any individual or group in need including five communities outlined below:
1. Public (Includes any lay person, e.g. universities, churches, town halls, Rotary Clubs, individual family members, retail security staff, etc.)
2. Hospitals & Healthcare Agencies (Clinics, emergency departments, pharmacies, detox, etc.)
3. First Responders
4. Treatment Centers and Sober Living Facilities
5. Treatment Court (formerly Drug Court)
The Steve Rummler HOPE Network will educate and provide opioid overdose rescue kits to populations and regions of Minnesota identified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration as Minnesota’s potential opioid service gaps. We plan to strengthen our existing presence in Minnesota and expand to new regions in need. Some of the counties scheduled in this initiative include Beltrami, Stearns, Dakota, Washington, Nobles, Carlton, St. Louis, Crow Wing Baker, Polk, Roseau, Clearwater, Cass, Mahnomen, Hennepin, and neighboring regions.
Randy Anderson randy.anderson@steverummlerhopenetwork.org
Meridian (Naloxone Prevention) Valhalla Place will target high-risk active opioid users, along with their friends and families, to provide education about opioid overdose and train them to use Naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose. Naloxone kits will be distributed through syringe exchange programs, community outreach agencies, Native American/Tribal organizations and SUD treatment programs to promote access to treatment whenever possible. Paula Nelson
Chuck Hilger
Mille Lacs (ICHiRP)
Leech Lake
Red Lake
White Earth The Integrated Care for High Risk Pregnancies (ICHRP) initiative directs half of its funding to five American Indian tribes, to support programs targeted at opiate use during pregnancy.  The grant supports planning, system development and integration of medical, chemical dependency, public health, social services, and child welfare.  Additional STR funds have been added to support the training and hiring of paraprofessionals to the care team.  These workers will have knowledge and skills related to peer recovery support, maternity care, system navigation, and advocacy.
Ramona Bird
Randy Finn
Salena Beasley
Jeri Jasken
American Indian Family Center (PCAP)
Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe Human Services (PCAP)
Hope House of Itasca County (PCAP)
Journey Home (St. Cloud Hospital Recovery Plus) (PCAP)
Meeker-McLeod-Sibley (MMS) Counties Human Services (PCAP)
Perspectives, Inc. (PCAP)
Resource Inc. (PCAP)
RS Eden (PCAP)
Ramsey County Mothers First (PCAP)

St. Stephens Human Services (Kateri Residence) (PCAP)
Wayside House (PCAP)
Wellcome Manor (PCAP)
The projects will train and hire paraprofessional maternal outreach workers cross-trained in recovery support.  These workers will be added to programs supported by the DHS grant program, Women’s Recovery Services. The care model is inspired by the Parent Child Assistance Program (PCAP), which is an evidence-based approach whose goals are to assist substance‐abusing pregnant and parenting mothers in obtaining SUD treatment, staying in recovery, and resolving myriad complex problems related to their substance abuse; to link mothers to community resources that will help them build and maintain healthy, independent family lives, and to prevent the future births of alcohol and drug‐affected children.
Jessica Gourneau
Richard Colsen
Terri Blaha
Colleen Nolden
Allie Freidrichs
Chris Kelly-Jackels
Claude Maddox
Dan Cain
Alix Herzing
Cynthia Smith
Heather Wilmot LeMay
Karina Forrest-Perkins
Karen Klabunde
Hennepin County Medical Center (Project Echo) The Hennepin County Medical Center, Division of Addiction Medicine will serve as Minnesota’s Project ECHO hub. Along with other ECHO sites throughout Minnesota, HCMC will engage Minnesota’s medical communities in a series of learning collaboratives via videoconference “clinics” focusing on evidence-based assessment and management of patients with opioid use disorders and associated comorbidities. Clinics will be case-driven with brief didactics on high yield topics. The teaching faculty and audience will be multidisciplinary and work together to discuss patient needs within the context of effective, patient-centric models of health care delivery based on local resources. HCMC will assist community providers in the stabilization of their patients through education, consultation, and direct care with the ultimate goal of empowering general medical practices to bring quality evidence-based care to their patients. Brian Grahan
Gavin Bart
Wayside (Project Echo) Wayside Recovery Center believes that the field is in need of capacity and competency building regarding best practices that best serve pregnant, post-partum, and parenting women struggling with opioid dependence. The complexity of this population coupled with the recent crisis in opioid abuse levels have left the field struggling to accommodate the population while also building knowledge about it. Wayside will serve as a Project ECHO hub, de-monopolizing knowledge that might be helpful to providers and being a resource for those agencies who are eager to learn cutting edge insights about this population and their needs.  Karina Forrest-Perkins karina.perkins@waysiderc.org
Wayside (Recovery Peer Support) Wayside Recovery Center believes in a recovery oriented framework in order to be successful in the struggle with opioid misuse and abuse, with a full package of care, not just the treatment phase. Wayside will increase their Peer Recovery services to assist with transitions between levels of care, better integration into community life, be supported by a peer lens after and in between treatment experiences, and engage in long term safe relationships with Wayside in order to achieve a sustainable future on the recovery journey.   Karina Forrest-Perkins karina.perkins@waysiderc.org
Wayside (Recently Released from Incarceration) Wayside Recovery Center believes people's needs must overcome system barriers. Women who are pregnant, post-partum or parenting who are also incarcerated and need opioid based treatment options many times fall through the cracks. Wayside will hire Treatment and Recovery Liaisons who will go into the community and offer in-reach, assessments, and transition care coordination for those women coming straight from incarceration into treatment.   Karina Forrest-Perkins karina.perkins@waysiderc.org
Morrison County/St. Gabriels's (Project Echo) CHI St. Gabriel’s Health will provide expertise and experience on best practices in addressing opioid use disorder in the family practice setting.    Kathy Lange KathleenLange@catholichealth.net
Native American Community Clinic NACC (OBOT) NACC will increase access to opioid-related treatment and improve retention in care through the expansion of their MAT program. NACC plans to train a provider for the addition of one new office based opioid treatment (OBOT) provider to prescribe buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) to increase their capability of prescribing to 130 patients. NACC will build on its comprehensive program with Minneapolis-based White Earth Substance Abuse Treatment Program (WESATP) to screen (Rule 25 assessment required and accessible), and to provide intake, daily dosing, nurse care coordination and recovery services (counseling at NACC and recovery groups at White Earth). NACC will prioritize American Indian pregnant women for the program.    Antony Stately astately@nacc-healthcare.org
Native American Community Clinic NACC (Innovation) NACC will develop a syringe exchange program in partnership with the community organization. The syringe exchange program will greatly decrease the risk for transmission of blood borne pathogens (HIV, Hepatitis C) as well as provide an opportunity for nurse triage, overdose prevention education with naloxone, and referral and linkage to critical health resources. Under this community partnership, NACC will provide sterile needles, syringes and biohazard sharps removal. NACC will provide in-kind registered nurse and community health worker time to assist in staffing of the syringe exchange.    Antony Stately astately@nacc-healthcare.org
Dakota Communities (contract with Upper Sioux) (Rule 25 Assessments) The Dakota Communities will develop an assessment tool based upon Dakota cultural strengths and resources to better assess the healing needs through a holistic and cultural lens.    Audrey Fuller audreyf@uppersiouxcommunity-nsn.gov
Dakota Communities (contract with Upper Sioux) (Care Coordination) The Dakota Communities will design and develop a collaborative care plan that is coordinated between, and capitalizes upon, the cultural strengths and resources of the four Dakota communities in Minnesota.     Rosemary White Shield rosemaryws@uppersiouxcommunity-nsn.gov
Dakota Communities (contract with Upper Sioux) (Innovative) The Dakota Communities will design and develop a plan for a culturally intrinsic healing center and transitional housing facility that more effectively and sustainably responds to the opioid epidemic in the four Minnesota Dakota communities.    Rosemary White Shield rosemaryws@uppersiouxcommunity-nsn.gov
Wilder (Care Coordination) Wilder Recovery Services will offer bilingual, bicultural care coordination services to clients in its outpatient treatment program, which specializes in serving clients from Southeast Asian backgrounds with dual diagnosis mental health and substance use disorders. Care Coordination services will support the client, their family/kin network in connecting with primary care, dental care, hospital/detox/inpatient services, mental health care, community connections, and basic needs support such as housing, education, employment/income supports, opportunities for social interaction and integration to reduce isolation, legal services, and other relevant services which are rooted in the social determinants of health and recovery from substance abuse and mental illness. The primary goal is supporting the whole-client, whole-family recovery journey, all from a culturally-affirming and responsive lens while building an active continuum of care relationships with other providers and support services in the state of Minnesota.    Paige Priolo paige.priolo@wilder.org
Wilder (Recovery Peer Support) Wilder Recovery Services will offer bilingual, bicultural peer recovery services to clients in its outpatient treatment program, which specializes in serving clients from Southeast Asian backgrounds with dual diagnosis mental health and substance use disorders. Peer Recovery services will offer one-on-one support to clients with an opioid use disorder in both our outpatient treatment program and in our Aftercare groups. The peer will provide non-clinical services such as mentorship and peer support; destigmatize the process of addiction, treatment and recovery; and support the Care Coordinator and client in completing community referrals and recovery goals such as housing, employment, education, and basic needs.   Paige Priolo paige.priolo@wilder.org
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (Care Coordination) The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s Nenda-Noojimig (“Those ones who seek healing”) Mino Gigizheb (“It is a good morning”) Program is to integrate a coordinated plan of care for Native American Indian community members, aged 18 or older, who self-identify as experiencing Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). The program will provide long-term coordinated care through improving access to culturally specific opioid disorder treatment, decreasing the current gaps in unmet treatment needs, and reducing opioid related deaths through increased prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts related to OUD.   Ramona Bird Ramona.Bird@millelacsband.com
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (Innovative) The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s  (MLBO) Nenda-Noojimig (“Those ones who seek healing”) Mino Gigizheb (“It is a good morning”) Program is to integrate a coordinated plan of care for Native American Indian community members, aged 18 or older, who self-identify as experiencing Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). The program will undertake an assessment to develop a blueprint for opioid community response that will create an action plan on how to implement strategies to decrease the burden of opioid misuse, abuse and overdose in the MLBO community, address public awareness, provider education, and access to treatment.   Ramona Bird Ramona.Bird@millelacsband.com
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (Care Coordination) Nokomis Endaad, of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, will provide care coordination to clients who have mental health, housing, or medical needs, in addition to economic assistance and life skills support. Included is their weekly Women’s Sobriety Support group which is an avenue for women to develop and maintain relationships with other sober women in the community.  Patina Park ppark@miwrc.org
Recovery is Happening (Recovery Peer Support) Recovery is Happening (RIH) will hire two peer recovery specialists (PRS) to specifically assist clients suffering from OUD. The PRS’s will help provide a comprehensive approach to recovery by replacing “referrals” to treatment with “accompaniment and support”. Literally, the peer accompanies the individual to every needed appointment and ensures that all providers across the continuum of care are working together to provide appropriate services directed at achieving long term recovery. The PRS’s will attend MARS Implementation Team Training. The MARS (Medicated Assisted Recovery) training will teach the implementation team how to replicate the MAR Model at RIH, including peer recovery support and education about medication-assisted treatment and recovery. Tiffany Hunsley tiffany@rih.me
Recovery is Happening (Rule 25 Assessments) RIH will employ a full-time Rule 25 assessors providing Assessments free of charge in an “On Demand” fashion. Available for walk in assessments at RIH as well as off campus by appointment to meet individuals where they are in the entire southeastern Minnesota region. Further, the assessor will be available for outreach in Adult Detention Centers, Detox Centers, and hospitals to facilitate urgent evaluations for those incarcerated or on commitment with OUD. This will remove administrative hurdles and allowing for immediate connection with a Recovery Community, Peer Recovery Specialists, medicated assisted recovery groups, intensive long term outpatient treatment, housing and more. Tiffany Hunsley tiffany@rih.me
St. Louis County (Detox) The Opioid Withdrawal Management Unit (OWMU) is a six bed, continuum of care unit embedded within the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment (CADT) Detox Unit providing a medically supervised environment for opioid withdrawal including Methadone or Suboxone induction when indicated. Expected length of stay is 3-5 days. Once stable, patients are referred to an appropriate level of care. The OWMU provides immediate access to an array of treatment services for opioid overdose survivors removing the barrier of wait times often resulting in fatal overdoses. Marcia Gurno GurnoM@StLouisCountyMN.gov
St. Louis County (Naloxone) Activities to expand access to naloxone within the Carlton and St. Louis County (SLC) communities include partnering with UMD College of Pharmacy and the Rural AIDS Action Network (RAAN) to train prescribers, pharmacists, student leaders, local coalitions, and drug court participants and their families in the distribution and use of naloxone. In addition, RAAN and SLC will deliver naloxone directly to opioid users in rural Northern SLC as well as clean syringe exchange and HIV HEP-C testing eliminating the barrier of people driving over 100 miles one way in order to get to the Duluth RAAN office for these life-saving services. Marcia Gurno GurnoM@StLouisCountyMN.gov
St. Louis County (OBOT) The OBOT project is embedded in a treatment continuum including an OWMU, ClearPath MAT Clinic, and CADT Rule 31 outpatient treatment. The OBOT project will offer an array of options entirely driven by a holistic and individualized care plan with the ability to respond to a wide range of patient severity, complexity, motivation to change and recovery capital. The OBOT project will work to recruit additional waivered physicians and will maintain a support system for physicians and their patients as needed. The OBOT project will reduce unmet treatment needs contributing to overdoses in Northeastern Minnesota. Marcia Gurno GurnoM@StLouisCountyMN.gov
Clay County (extended opiate detox stay to begin MAT) The Clay County Detox will be hiring a full time Care Coordinator who will serve OUD clients and assist them with successful transitions for a continuum of care. Referral and assistance to access MAT will begin within the first 48 hours of admission to the Detox facility and the coordinator will identify referring, treatment and support agencies in the county and surrounding communities. The care coordinator will integrate person centered planning as a key component for discharge planning. Kathy McKay Kathy.McKay@co.clay.mn.us
Minnesota Mental Health Community Foundation
(Fast-Tracker for Substance Use Disorder) Fast-Tracker (http://sud.fast-trackermn.org) is an online, searchable database of Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Use Disorder treatment programs and resources. The Minnesota Mental Health Community Foundation’s Fast-TrackerMNSUD.org will offer searchers information about programs, availability, services offered, and special aspects of each program. Emergency contacts and information about life-saving resources are available on every page online anytime. Fast-TrackerMnSUD.org is also a resource for information offering information and links to more.
Linda Vukelich l.vukelich@comcast.net
Russell Herder (“Know The Dangers” Media Campaign) A statewide campaign will be created and launched to deepen understanding of the opioid epidemic, drive awareness of opioid abuse with resonating messaging, and offer informational and overdose intervention resources to potential and current opioid users. The campaign will seek to reach those who are using or may be statistically likely to (most specifically, American Indian and African American youth and adults, the LGBT community, and at risk women, parenting and pregnant), as well as those able to influence preventative action and treatment. The resulting outcomes will include a more educated public; as well increased access to necessary resources. Carol Russell
Brian Herder
Minnesota Hospital Association (Innovative) The Minnesota Hospital Association Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) subgroup will develop a roadmap to better identify, screen and treat NAS. The roadmap will be based on published literature and evidence based best practices, incorporating expert feedback from obstetricians, perinatologists and neonatologists in partnership with patients and multi-disciplinary leaders. The roadmap will help medical professionals identify opioid addiction early during pregnancy to increase the number of women accessing appropriate treatment before giving birth, guide providers to newborn assessment tools to help with early identification, and share best practices in NAS treatment to help hospitals and health systems make decisions about treatment. Jenny Schoenecker jschoenecker@mnhospitals.org
Leech Lake (Care Coordination for Recently Released from Incarceration) The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe’s AHNJI-BII-MAH-DIZ Halfway House in Cass Lake, Minnesota will reduce recidivism and re-offense among Native American offenders that have a history of opioid misuse. AHNJI-BII-MAH-DIZ will provide care coordination in a transitional housing setting to help clients successfully transition from correctional facilities back to their communities. Clients will develop individual treatment plans, set employment goals and work on strategies for long-term housing. At AHNJI-BII-MAH-DIZ clients will have access to a network of social support and community wellness programs that will aid in their successful transition back into the community. Mike Jones Mike.jones@llojibwe.org
Weber Shandwick (OPIP) Weber Shandwick, a global public relations and communications firm, will develop a physician education communications campaign about the appropriate use of opioids to treat pain. Through exploratory research with prescribers, their staff and experts in the field, Weber Shandwick will develop, test and finalize a creative communications campaign. The project aims to develop a creative concept that will empower physicians to address this critical issue with their patients and bring about positive change with the opioid epidemic. Kira Bork kbork@webershandwick.com