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Prescription Drugs

Opioid Outreach

Our Outreach Team reaches and supports the twin-cities metro and has 2 offices located in North Minneapolis and St Paul to ensure that clients of all demographics have access to these vital one-on-one support services. In addition to general peer support services, we provide community outreach for those suffering substance use issues, CCC, has more specific teams ready to assist those with special concerns. Whether a client is hospitalized, is struggling with mental health issues concurrent to addiction, has recently suffered an overdose, is involved in the criminal justice system, or is a youth. 

Addiction is often called “the family disease” because when one-member struggles, the entire family suffers. Our Outreach Staff is available to loved ones of individuals struggling with addiction. 

We help family members understand what addiction means, provide coping mechanisms to deal with its consequences, and help bridge the healing process. We introduce healthy skills to cope with emotions and offer a safe and guided environment where family members can be.

The purpose of the Opioid Overdose Outreach Program is to respond to individuals who have been reversed from opioid overdoses (by police, emergency responders, or friends/family) and are subsequently treated at hospital emergency departments as a result of the reversal. The Opioid Overdose Outreach program utilizes Recovery Specialists and Recovery Navigators to engage individuals reversed from an opioid overdose and provide non-clinical assistance, recovery support, and appropriate referrals for assessment and substance use disorder treatment. The Recovery Specialists and Recovery Navigators also maintain follow-up with these individuals for a minimum of 12 weeks after the initial contact. Recovery services provided for these individuals are fundamentally strengths-based. Additionally, Recovery Specialists and Recovery Navigators deliver or assertively link individuals to appropriate and culturally specific services and provide support and resources throughout the process. 

The Outreach Program is designed to support the vast array of services and programs available across the twin cities by providing harm reduction and recovery support services, including but not limited to:

  • All Recovery Meetings

  • NARCAN/Naloxone (with training on how to administer)

  • Fentanyl test strips (and how to use them)

  • Resource linkage for treatment, recovery, and other services

  • Transportation to community services (doctor’s office visit, counseling appointment, probation, parole meeting, etc.)

  • Recovery coaching, Peer Support

  • Group education for local businesses and nonprofit organizations on overdose prevention, substance use, and harm reduction-related topics

  • Office hours 

  • Free community naloxone training on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the 

Quick Response Diversion Team

The teams are composed of emergency response personnel, such as an MH provider, peer support specialist, or a substance provider who contacts individuals within 24 hours of their overdose to offer and assist those individuals with recovery support including referrals to treatment options. We also provide services that allow public safety officials to work with behavioral health providers by diverting low-level drug offenders to our team of professionals who offer support services, rather than jail and prosecution. Navigators work with participants to connect them to peer support or other intensive interventions such as assertive community treatment, residential SUD services, comprehensive case management, medication-assisted treatment, and other support services. 

Opioid Overdose Prevention 

The Opioid Overdose Prevention outreach team will provide individuals at-risk for overdose, their family members, friends, loved ones, and professionals with naloxone kits, education, and training on how to prevent, recognize and respond appropriately to an opioid overdose.

The Opioid Overdose Prevention team covers the twin-cities metro. 

  • Harm Reduction – Harm Reduction is a way of preventing disease and promoting health that meets people where they are rather than making judgments about where they should be. Scientifically proven ways of mitigating risks associated with use are essential. This includes the distribution of the lifesaving opioid overdose antidote Naloxone.​

  • Addressing Stigma – CCC seeks to reduce stigma in their communities by encouraging people at their training to use a person's first language remembering that the person living with a substance use disorder is still a person first. Other stigma-reducing topics include identifying unintentional bias, examining drug use from a continuum perspective, and understanding that substance misuse is often linked to trauma.​

  • ​​Increasing Public Awareness – In trainings, CCC shares knowledge of the broader trends of the opioid crisis, the brain science of addiction, compassion fatigue, and how to administer naloxone.

CCC Focuses on Three Primary Groups:

  • First Responders

  • Individuals at high risk of overdose, their families, and friends

  • Agencies and organizations that provide treatment and recovery services or community resources

In addition to the priority populations, the CCC will train all interested community members.

To learn more or to schedule an opioid education and naloxone training, please contact Continuum Care Center and talk to Prevention Specialist. 

Contact Us

Address

1 West Water Street, Suite 210

Saint Paul, MN 55107

1011 West Broadway Ave, Suite 201

Minneapolis, MN 55411

Contact

P 651-888-6103

F 651-393-5161

staff@continuumcarecenter.com

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