Workgroup Goals

  1. Identify the current resources operating to address opioid abuse in St. Clair County.
  2. Identify the gaps in the current treatment and community resources for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder.
  3. Identify strategies in which to address the identified gaps and provide recommendation to the Executive Oversight Committee
  4. 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.

2019 Accomplishments

  • 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