Dakota County seeking applicants with lived experience for new committee on opioid response

18 July 2023

A new Dakota County committee is looking for members with lived experience with the ongoing opioid crisis.

The Opioid Response Advisory Committee is now accepting applications for committee members who will recommend funding for community efforts to address the opioid crisis, according to a county news release.

All are welcome to apply, but the county is specifically encouraging residents with lived experience to apply, whether they have friends and family who have been impacted, are in recovery themselves or using prescription opioids for pain management.

The county is also encouraging people to apply who represent the health care industry, including hospitals, clinics, treatment and recovery centers, along with community partners, including schools, businesses and other organizations that support people with opioid use disorder.

Three health care members and three community partner representatives will be selected to join the committee and, while those applicants are not required to live in Dakota County, they must provide services to its residents.

The committee will also include four local government representatives, including city staff, a police officer and a firefighter.

The preferred deadline to apply is Aug. 4 and those interested can get more information and apply online.

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