In the Sept. 16 edition of Insight News it was incorrectly reported that the Midtown Phillips Neighborhood received a $937,990 grant to fight the opioid crisis. The neighborhood organization did not receive, nor apply for such a grant. We sincerely regret the error in reporting.

The Hennepin County board accepted a $937,990 grant to provide medication-assisted therapy for people with opioid use disorder.

Treatment will be offered to people who are booked into the Adult Detention Center, sentenced to the Adult Corrections Facility and diverted to the Behavioral Health Center at 1800 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis.

Diagnosing opioid use disorder and beginning medical treatment while in custody could have positive outcomes for people, reducing the number of deaths and the traumatic and expensive overdose-hospitalization-jail cycle that usually precedes them. This is according to the findings of a study released earlier this year by Hennepin Healthcare and Hennepin County.

Naloxone training and distribution

Hennepin County accepted additional state funding to expand access to Naloxone in the community. Weekly walk-in hours will be increased to distribute Naloxone kits and clean syringes at the Red Door Clinic, which provides sexual health care. Additionally, staff will educate and distribute Naloxone kits to residents of Little Earth, a housing complex in Minneapolis serving the American Indian community.

Hennepin County part of NIH Research Network

Hennepin County is one of 12 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grantees for nationwide research on quality addiction treatment for opioid use disorder and misuse in criminal justice settings. The network of grantees will be called JCOIN, the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network. Through the network, Hennepin is also part of an NIH-sponsored national innovation design team. Local partners in this work are Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCCR), Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson and the Sheriff’s Office, and the Hennepin Healthcare System (HCMC and clinics).

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