In December of 2016, President Obama signed the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act into law, providing $1 billion in funds for states to combat the opioid crisis. Of these funds, the Steve Rummler Hope Network has been awarded $200,000 to expand our overdose prevention program, including community education and the distribution of our opioid overdose rescue kits, to high risk and heavily impacted communities throughout the State of Minnesota.
The Steve Rummler Hope Network is utilizing the funds to reach new populations, build community relationships and strengthen current partnerships in areas of Minnesota identified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration as Minnesota’s potential opioid service gaps. Some of the counties scheduled in this initiative include Beltrami, Stearns, Dakota, Washington, Nobles, Carlton, St. Louis, Crow Wing, Baker, Polk, Roseau, Clearwater, Cass, Mahnomen, Hennepin, and neighboring regions.
The Steve Rummler Hope Network has trained 1,350 individuals and built 51 new partnerships during the last year. When a mother calls us expressing her gratitude for the training and tools that saved her daughter, we know that no region of Minnesota should be excluded from this program or the opportunity for treatment. The grant from the Minnesota DHS will give us additional resources to combat and educate rural publics throughout our state, as we have in the metropolitan area.
“Because of the DHS dedication to Minnesota’s well-being, we are able to continue transforming communities across Minnesota to healthier, safer places for everyone.” Said Lexi Reed Holtum, executive director of the Steve Rummler Hope Network.
If you are interested in training in your community or want to learn how to reverse an opioid overdose, please RSVP to our next training on July 20 at 6:00 pm in the Steve Rummler Hope Network training room located at 12800 Whitewater Drive, Suite 100, Minnetonka, Minnesota 55343. All training sessions are open to anyone in the community at no cost.