Statewide Initiative for Community-based Prenatal Recovery–Oriented Care

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The 2017 Summit and Pre-Summit Webinars are provided in partnership by the Minnesota Departments of Human Services and Health and the Great Lakes ATTC, and in collaboration with the 2017 Summit Steering Committee.

About the Initiative

Over the past several years, Minnesota has seen a significant increase in the misuse of opioids. This increase has impacted women of childbearing age, the result of which has been on a rise in the number of infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).  History tells us current trends in opioid use create a sense of urgency resembling that of crack cocaine in the 1980s and methamphetamine in the 1990s.  Throughout this entire time frame, however, is the fact that fetal alcohol exposure remains the leading cause of intellectual disability in the US. For this reason, the 2015 Summit has been designed with the broader purpose of being a call to action around the core issue of substance use during pregnancy and concurrent infant exposure.
The Summit Planning Committee has identified six goals designed to build upon each other, and that aim to spur collaboration at the community level while identifying and developing recommendations for a state response. The Summit has been designed to both spark and support community teams as they work in collaboration towards achieving following goals.  This initiative will take place over time, using multiple venues, strategies and approaches as outlined below.
Goal Description Venues/Approaches
1 Build a common understanding of the issues surrounding substance use during pregnancy and infant exposure as well as substance use disorders across disciplines.
Summit Pre-Webinars (05/15/15)
2015 Summit
2 Increase knowledge and awareness of the barriers and needs of American Indians who share a disproportionate burden of NAS. 2015 & 2017Summit
3 Explore social determinants of health that increase vulnerability for SUD’s and implications for wellness, particularly in communities of color. 2015 & 2017 Summit
4 Connect Summit participants and spur active engagement in cross-disciplinary collaboration & coordination (across agencies and disciplines). Begin action planning.
2015 & 2017 Summit
Ongoing community collaboration
Post-Summit Webinars (2-3)
5 Better aligned services and programs at the state and community level thereby maximizing service delivery while simultaneously influencing the larger system.
Ongoing community collaboration
Post-Summit Webinars (2-3)
6 Make recommendations to improve policies and systems that directly impact outcomes for expectant and parenting families, infants and children impacted by substance use disorders (including prevention based strategies).
Ongoing community collaboration
Post-Summit Webinars (2-3)

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2015-2016 Events

Community Collaborations & Response: Initial Community Work Taking Place Under the Statewide Initiative for Community-based Prenatal Recovery–Oriented Care

Webinar | Wednesday, January 20, 2016
The webinar will feature three community programs that have made strides towards the goals discussed during the Summit. You will hear about the collaborations made, challenges faced, and the successes.  The featured community response panelists from Greater MN Team: Tiffany Hunsley, Executive Director, Recovery is Happening; Metro Area Team: Erika Jensen, MSW, LGSW, LADC,  Hennepin County Project CHILD; and White Earth Ojibwe Team: Julie Williams, Program Manager, White Earth M.O.M.S Program.
Webinar Postings
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A Minnesota Summit on Prenatal Substance Abuse and Infant Exposure 2015  

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Location: Best Western Plus Kelly Inn
100 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Purpose: Provide venues for a call to action bringing state, tribal and local leaders together in the spirit of collaboration to develop recommendations for a statewide awareness and response to prenatal substance use & infant exposure.  The 2015 Minnesota Summit on Prenatal Substance Use and Infant Exposure aims to create a common understanding of substance use prevention, substance use disorder in women and the effects of substances on infants.   The Summit will also serve as a springboard for building community partnerships among those providers whose programming supports pregnant women and families with young children.  Through participation in the Summit, community teams will have an opportunity to begin the journey of collaboration around the concepts of a recovery oriented systems of care (ROSC) framework and a recovery continuum beginning with prevention through long-term recovery and resilience.

Summit Keynote: Dr. H. Westley Clark 

Dr. Clark is currently the Dean’s Executive Professor of Public Health at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara California.  He is formerly the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, where he led the agency’s national effort to provide effective and accessible treatment to all Americans with addictive disorders... read bio.

It's in Your Mind: Addiction as a Chronic Brain Disease

Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
Presented by: Marvin D. Seppala, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation | Assistant Professor, Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies
Webinar Description: Over the past couple decades what science and medicine understands about addiction has improved tremendously.  This increased understanding has led to addiction being described as a chronic brain disease.  Learning about the brain pathology associated with addiction helps us make sense of nonsensical behaviors and explains how remarkably different addiction is from intoxication.  
This webinar will provide a basic understanding of the brain alterations associated with addiction as they relate to the behavioral manifestations of this disease which we see every day.  Participants will gain an understanding of addiction as a brain disease and the associated behaviors that are driven by it.  This increased understanding can help webinar participants integrate information about the brain changes that occur during active addiction across service delivery systems and disciplines to better meet the needs of this population. 
Note: Those attending the Minnesota Summit on Prenatal Substance Use and Exposure are strongly encouraged to attend this pre-webinar as it will provide you with a foundational background on addiction that will allow for a more meaningful experience on the day of the Summit.  Summit registration/participation is not required to be able to attend this webinar.

Archive & Handouts

Handout: PowerPoint

This webinar is co-sponsored by the March of Dimes and Minnesota Prematurity Coalition.

Serving Individuals with Substance Use Disorders: What Does it Mean to Be Recovery Oriented?

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Presented by: Ijeoma Achara, PsyD, Achara Consulting, Inc. Short Bio.
Dr. Achara has been integral in developing models of sustained recovery management within larger recovery oriented systems of care.  She has worked with both the State of Connecticut and the City of Philadelphia who have been early adopters of the ROSC framework.
This event is focused on what it means for networks of formal and informal services to be recovery oriented.  Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) is a value driven approach to structure behavioral health systems with the partnership of a cross-disciplinary networks developed and mobilized to sustain long-term recovery for individuals and families impacted by substance use disorders.  Within a ROSC framework the question shifts from “How do we get the client into treatment?” To “How do we support the process of recovery within the person’s life and environment?” Learning about the principles, values and strategies needed to become recovery oriented, and taking steps in that direction, supports both those in recovery and the broader community. 
Summit participants are not required to attend this pre-Summit workshop; however, participation is encouraged, particularly for those who may be new to the ROSC framework. 


1. Agenda
2. Bios
3. PowerPoint
4. Resources

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Recommended Resources

1. American Indian / Native American Resources:

"We Won't Stay Silent" from Recovery is Happening
Excerpts from Dodge, Fillmore, and Olmsted Counties Community Listening Forum

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