- Identify the current resources operating to address opioid abuse in St. Clair County.
- Identify the gaps in the current treatment and community resources for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder.
- Identify strategies in which to address the identified gaps and provide recommendation to the Executive Oversight Committee
- Assess effectiveness of efforts in the community to combat the opioid crisis.
Mission: Responsible for identifying current resources, identifying gaps in resources and providing recommendations to develop additional treatment programs and community supports.
- The Treatment Subcommittee was formed and began to meet in May 2018 having a good representation from treatment, medical, court, law enforcement, private counseling, State department child welfare, and mental health providers.
- Heard presentations from 18 different providers and formed relationships that resulted in new opportunities for collaboration. We began to get a picture of the current opioid treatment ecosystem
in the county.
- Two gaps were identified: 1.) availability and access to all forms of MAT (especially methadone) from a local county provider and 2.) the existence of a drug (recovery) court.
- Advocated for The Center of Port Huron regarding their zoning designation with the City of Port Huron; to maintain this valuable contribution to the community in addressing the opioid problem.
- Supported through advocacy, Odyssey House, in their efforts to open a much needed women’s recovery house in Port Huron. That house is now open and accepting residents.
- Over the next year the Treatment Subcommittee will continue to increase sector memberships, especially to include members of the new St. Clair County Recovery Court.
Co-Chair: Deacon Dennis Crimmins, Blue Water Area Churches
Co-Chair: Deb Walbeq, Department of Health and Human Services