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Opioid Outreach & Community Action

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Outreach Services

  • Peer Support

  • MAT/treatment referrals

  • Housing Support

  • Community Education

  • Trainings/Naloxone 

  • Harm Reduction Services

  • Resource linkage for treatment, recovery, and other services

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

  • All Recovery Meetings

  • Resource linkage for treatment, recovery, and other services

  • Transportation Services

Fentanyl Test Strips

Fentanyl test strips (FTS) can identify the presence of fentanyl in drug samples before use. FTS are a reliable way of giving people with more information that can lower the risk of an overdose. As of July 2021, FTS are legal for all Minnesota residents to carry and use.

For more information on fentanyl test strips, visit:

 

To access Fentanyl test strips, contact:

Statewide Community-based Organizations

The following community-based organizations provide naloxone training and kits free of charge:

 

We provide  recovery options which dispatches teams of peer support specialists, housing case managers, MH provider, and other services providers. The teams offers support to the community and those suffers with opioid use disorder's get the services  The Continuum Care Center aims to build upon the capacity of its provider network to address inequities and create client-based solutions for the improvement and expansion of recovery services in the state.

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.

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. 

Sign me up for a free Naloxone Training Session!

We are now offering additional trainings at the Ramsey County Library. See our homepage for a listing of dates, locations and times for upcoming community events and Naloxone training.

1 West Water Street, Suite 210

Saint Paul, MN 55107

651-621-0418

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