CORI’s priorities fall into three categories: prevention, recovery, and public safety. The list below represents just a fraction of these priorities as CORI works to strengthen Minnesota's chemical dependency resources in a wide variety of ways.
PRESCRIPTION MONITORING PROGRAM:
CORI supports strengthening Minnesota’s prescription monitoring program to help combat substance abuse in the state. Physicians use this tool to detect doctor-shopping and in turn can properly treat their patient’s needs.
FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME
Thousands of babies are born with prenatal alcohol exposure every year in Minnesota, contributing to lasting complications and oppressive medical expenses. CORI supports investment in programs that seek to eliminate alcohol consumption during pregnancy and improve the lives of those living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
1115 WAIVER FOR SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are inviting states to apply for the 1115 Waiver for Substance Use Disorder. This waiver will leverage resources to introduce system reforms that better identify individuals with substance use disorders, expand coverage for effective individuals and enhance their practices delivered to beneficiaries. Estimated additional federal revenue of ~$40-50M to the state.
INTEGRATE PEER RECOVERY SPECIALISTS IN CONTINUUM OF CARE
Peer Recovery Specialist deliver non-clinical support that is strengths-based to support individuals seeking to initiate or maintain recovery from substance use disorders. Peer Recovery Specialist are persons with lived experience in recovery from substance use disorder and have received specialized training to do so. Peer Recovery Specialists connect people to the resources that remove barriers to long-term recovery. Additionally, Peer Recovery Specialist assist in building recovery capital in the individual, family and community. According to Wilder Research study (2014), "92% of individuals receiving peer support from Minnesota Recovery Connection felt more in control of their recovery as a result of these peer relationships."
REDUCE STIGMA AS A BARRIER TO RECOVERY
Of those who do not access the care they need for a substance use disorder, the number one reason people state for not initiating care is stigma -- a fear of being judged. The stigma of addiction places the recovery addict in distinct danger. Discussing addiction openly is the first step to eliminating stigma. A community that is judgment free aids the effort to end stigma and is itself a resource in building Recovery Capital in individuals, families, and communities.
ADDICTION MEDICINE RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
In partnership with HCMC, we support the funding of the Addiction Medicine Residency Fellowship Program to ensure we continue to have physicians who are trained and able to treat addiction effectively.
Ujamaa Place focuses on young, African American men who lack GED, are homeless, have mental health or chemical health issues. They provide programming in Life Skills, Education, Job Preparation/Training, Paid Internships, Housing Supports, and Basic Needs.
Young people facing addiction need access to environments that facilitate recovery. Traditional schooling often contributes to the social climate that triggers substance abuse in the first place, and keeping students there could lead them to relapse. CORI supports greater funding for sober schools in Minnesota that offer young people a viable path toward recovery.
Specialty courts—including drug, DWI, juvenile, veteran, and mental health courts—value rehabilitation over retribution in the criminal justice system. They’re cost-effective, but more importantly, they’re the right thing to do. CORI supports strengthening this important component of Minnesota’s substance abuse strategy.
STEVE’S LAW AND OPIOID OVERDOSE INTERVENTION
Steve’s Law, passed in 2014 with CORI’s support, allows peace officers and first responders to carry naloxone to revive people from heroin overdoses. It also prevents prosecution against anyone who seeks help from an overdose. While this law marked great progress towards curbing opioid overdose deaths in Minnesota, many peace officers and first responders are not aware of the law and/or are not supplied with life-saving naloxone. Overdose deaths in Minnesota now exceed deaths from motor vehicle accidents. We need to properly fund Steve’s Law’s implementation so this law can save as many lives as possible.
ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR AN ADDITIONAL STATE PRISON FACILITY
Eliminate the need for an additional state Prison Facility: make meaningful reforms to our state’s drug sentencing guidelines.
ADDITIONAL TREATMENT BEDS FOR DOC
This has been identified as an urgent need by the Prison Population Taskforce; Commissioner Roy has stated that only 35% of those that need treatment are receiving it, creating a revolving door in and out of our prison system.
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING NEEDS IN RE-ENTRY
CORI supports making smart investments in transitional housing so those exiting our prison system have the opportunity for success -- and don't circle back into the system.