June Meeting Minutes



•Kjirsten Anderson, Regional Prevention Coordinator (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
•Robert Devereux, Nystrom & Associates, LTD (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
•Kate Ebert, Dakota County Public Health (State/Local/Gov’t)
•Scott Elliot, Blue Ox Media Group (Media)
•Ryan Gastecki, Hennepin County (State, Local/Gov’t)
•Eric Hansen, Osseo School District (School)
•Tara Helm, North Memorial/ PFC (Healthcare)
•Leah Just, Citizen
•Camryn Krause Ferris, Joint Community Police Partnership, Crystal (State/Local/Gov’t)
•Casey Landherr, Robbinsdale Police Department (Law Enforcement)
• Teresa Lunt (Parent)
• Tom McCarver, Blue Ox Media (Media)
• Abdi Mohamed, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (Law Enforcement)
• LeeAnn Mortensen, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundations (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
• Sheila Nesbitt, North Memorial Health (Healthcare)
• Saria Noyes, Minnesota State University, Mankato (Student)
• Jeff Wigfield, North Memorial Health (Healthcare)

Steering Committee Members Not in Attendance

• Marie Maslowski, Maple Grove Hospital (Healthcare)
• Shane Mikkelson, Osseo Police Department (Law Enforcement)
• Alyssa Nyberg, M Health Fairview Behavioral Services (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
• Lauren Prnjat, Hennepin County Regional Poison Center (Other Substance Abuse Organization)

Welcome & Introductions

LeeAnn called the meeting to order. Attendees introduced themselves and shared with the group their favorite summer activity. The May minutes were approved.

ONDCP Emergency Response Roundtable Overview

The Twin Cities area recently saw a spike in drug overdoses. According to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, 175 drug overdoses and 17 overdose deaths occurred within a 2 week period from the end of May through the beginning of June. In response, the United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota, Erica MacDonald, invited first responders, public health professions, treatment specialists and other community members to join a conversation about community responses to drug use and addiction. The Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), James Carroll, had been in town giving a commencement address to Peace Academy graduates at a recovery high school in Minneapolis, but stayed an extra day to join this round table discussion on the recent overdoses.

As a Drug Free Community Coalition, we were invited to join the discussion to highlight our prevention efforts. For those of you that are unfamiliar with our coalition’s grant funding, the Office of National Drug Control Policy is the agency that administers our Drug Free Community Coalition funding. We were urged by ONDCP staff to attend to ensure that prevention efforts were part of the discussion.

Minnesota US Attorney Erica MacDonald started the discussion, joined at the table by the ONDCP director Jim Carroll, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program North Central Director Jim Bohn, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent Drew Evans, Dakota County Drug Task Force Commander Chris Melton, prevention and treatment professionals, and law enforcement. The Dakota County Drug Task Force representative discussed how the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) has been a useful tool for responders. The new technology uses mapping tools that allow first responders to log overdoses in real time into a centralized database, capturing fatal & non-fatal overdose incidents. This is a shared platform across agencies, which is very similar to our Place of Last Drink Database, which tracks alcohol incidents in real-time between agencies, although POLD does not have a link to GIS software for mapping services. Law enforcement use this tool to identify hotspots and assign undercover cops and other resources based on the map. It began as a pilot in 2017, with more than 400 agencies across 29 states using it as a tool. As shared by the Dakota County Drug Task Force Representative, 85 law enforcement agencies participate across the state of Minnesota. Learn more about ODMAP on the National Institute of Justice Website.

After the high level overview of the issue by the staff, they recognized South St. Paul police officers for their response efforts with challenge coins. Then the US Attorney turned to the community leaders around the table to ask about what is currently being done to address the issue and next steps. The Native American Community Clinic, located in South Minneapolis off of Franklin was asked to share how their clinic addresses addiction. He discussed how their clinic focuses on incorporating spiritual and culturally based practices in their treatment plans and is working to address recidivism rates by native women to reduce the cycle of reoffending by assisting them with coordinating their treatment with access to overall health and wellness services. A judge from Duluth then shared the scope of the problem in their city & talked about a 5 minute personality test to determine risky behavior as prevention strategy that is being implemented at a middle school in Duluth. Tara shared how Partnership for Change has several medicine abuse prevention strategies that the coalition implements in northwest Hennepin County, discussing our strong partnership with law enforcement, participation in DEA Drug Take-back Days, increasing access to medicine disposal boxes, education to community members, outreach to schools to ensure proper disposal at the end of the school year, expanded social host ordinance in Osseo, and provider education events. The ONDCP Director recognized how solutions need to come from the community level and commended our efforts. We then heard about a treatment program in Mankato focused on peer support, which assists clients with the coordination of services (i.e. housing, employment, transportation, medical care) and works to improve life skills as part of a recovery program to decrease community barriers that can occur after completing treatment.

This was a unique opportunity to highlight our coalition’s work over the last decade and demonstrates the importance of community-level prevention work as part of the solution to address the opioid epidemic.

Medicine Disposal Program Update

Ryan Gastecki, the environmentalist from Hennepin County Environment and Energy Department, joined us for an overview of the Medicine Collection Program in the county. He described the role of the county in medicine collection, giving an overview of legislation, partnerships with different community organizations and law enforcement agencies, and the promotion and outreach to residents about proper disposal methods. To view the newest flyer of medicine drop box locations in the county, click here or learn more on at Hennepin County’s website here.

Realtors & Homeowner Education

LeeAnn discussed how patients at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation have reported to staff that they have supported their addiction by getting unlocked medications from homes that are on the market. Currently, this flyer is available to Minnesota Realtor Members and to the public on the Minnesota Realtor Association website. The flyer can be downloaded and distributed to clients, but physical, printed copies are not provided, according to Erica Forman, the Director of Communications for Minnesota Realtors. LeeAnn asked members if we would be interested in doing outreach to realtors in our region to see what is being done by realtors to ensure this is a talking point when meeting with families/clients that are preparing to sell their home. Sheila shared that Deputy Chief Todd Milburn’s wife, Erin Milburn is the marketing and communications senior director for the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors. LeeAnn suggested that a subcommittee be formed to work on this project. Relator and Homeowner Education Subcommittee members include LeeAnn, Camryn, Teresa, Kjirsten, Abdi. [ACTION] Tara will send out communications to these individuals. Anyone else interested in working on this project, email Tara.

Medicine Abuse Prevention Outreach Activity

Attendees reviewed slides about empathy to introduce a reflection activity. Clarification between simple reflections and complex reflections were shared. The goal of empathetic reflections is to not correct a person’s way of thinking or to get them to see an issue the way you see it, but the goal is to let the person know you are listening to them in an effort to diminish resistance, which creates an opportunity to explore issues further and open the door for communication. Attendees practiced reflections with a partner.

Community Partner Sharing & Upcoming Events and Trainings

Community Partner Sharing:
Prosecution of Drug Delivery
• Officer Landherr asked about PFC’s relationship with prosecutors. One way to address the opioid crisis would be to target dealers that have sold narcotics, knowing it could cause a death. Placing an emphasis on quickly charging drug dealers with a homicide in the county would set a standard in the region, which would be a helpful tool in identifying and prosecuting dealers and distributors in an effort to create a deterrent and reverse the trend of opioids flowing through communities. [ACTION] Tara will seek out information about what county attorneys are doing in our region and add this as an agenda item to July’s monthly meeting.

PMP (Prescription Monitoring Program) Integration within Epic
• North Memorial Health Outpatient Pharmacist Jeff Wigfield shared that North Memorial Health on the leading edge for integrating the PMP within Epic throughout its entire healthcare system. As part of this new feature, our coalition is planning a provider event later this fall—see below.

Upcoming Events & Trainings:
Medicine Abuse Prevention Workgroup (MAPW)
• Monday, June 17th at 3:30pm
• Planning Prescriber Event for Fall 2019
• If interested in joining MAPW to assist with planning, email Tara

SafeTalk: Suicide Alertness for Everyone
• Friday, July 19th from 1:00-4:00pm
• Maple Grove Hospital, Four Season Conference Room (9875 Hospital Drive, Maple Grove, MN)
• The class is free, but space is limited.
• Register here or visit https://northmemorial.com/event/safetalk-2/

2019 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health: Marijuana, E-Cigarette & Opioids among Adolescents: Navigating the Now
• Monday, July 29, 2019 to Wednesday, July 31, 2019; 8am-4:30pm
• Midpointe Event Center, 415 Pascal Street North, St. Paul, MN 55104
• Who should attend? All who work with parents & young people—teachers, counselors, school nurses, social workers, mentors, coaches, public health nurses, health educators, school district directors, physicians, religious leaders, law enforcement, policy makers, youth advocates.
• If interested in attending, contact Tara—the coalition has funding for members to attend & we really mean it! Please let her know by end of day June 12th so we can get the early-bird registration price.

Crystal Police Department: Junior Police Academy
• The Junior Police Academy provides young children with an insider’s look into law enforcement. Youth ages 10-14 build an understanding of policing, techniques, police procedures, leadership, ethics, teamwork, and effective communication.
• Register by August 1st
• Monday, August 19 through Tuesday, August 20, 9am-4pm at Crystal City Hall (4141 Douglas Drive N), $20

Car Seat Clinics: Click here to learn more! Reach out to Sheila if you would like a printed flier to post. Feel free to share with others!
• June 25th 4-7pm at Maple Grove Fire State II
• September 21st 10am-1pm at Golden Valley Fire Station
• November 4th 4-7pm at West Metro Fire & Rescue at New Hope

Minnesota Prevention Program Sharing Conference
• Thursday, October 24th & Friday, October 25th
• Duluth, Minnesota

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