This project is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, under award number 1H79T108900-01.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Grant Summary


North St. Louis County Public Health (Jana Blomberg), Pine County Public Health & Human Services (Becky Foss), Aitkin County Public Health & Human Services (Erin Melz), Itasca County Public Health & Human Services (Kelly Chandler), University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy (Laura Palombi), University of Minnesota Extension – Center for Family Development (Mary Jo Katras, Lori Hendrickson, Jennifer Garbow, Betsy Johnson, Noelle Hardin, Kate Welshons & Emily Becher), University of Minnesota – Center for Community Vitality (Lori Rothstein and Denise Stromme), Minnesota tribal nations, community members and professionals in St. Louis, Pine, Aitkin and Itasca Counties.


The “Building Rural Capacity to Develop Positive Recovery Capital” project engages with rural Minnesota (MN) counties and Tribal communities that suffer a disproportionate burden from the opioid crisis by providing a menu of in-person and on-line evidence-based technical assistance, training and education options that communities can select to develop local positive Recovery Capital. Utilizing in-person and on-line technical assistance, workshops, training and public education, this project makes research-based resources easily accessible to project partners and rural communities across the nation.

Overall Program Objectives

  1. Provide technical assistance training and public education starting September 30, 2018 in two counties and two tribal communities, and make available/provide additional training/resources as they are developed in this project, to Aitkin and Itasca County, as documented by reporting;
  2. Develop a menu of at least 12 training options by March 31, 2019 that will support the development of increased positive Recovery Capital in communities, documented by posting as resource on website;
  3. Reach 1,000 community members, as documented by completion of surveys, by August 31, 2020 with in-person education about the OUD crisis, its impact on their community and what they can do to help address/mitigate the OUD crisis in their community;
  4. Recruit 20 local Change Makers, through education and/or training and technical assistance, by June 30, 2019, to take action to increase positive Recovery Capital in their community and sustain the project in the future; documented by completion of CSAT GPRA measurement tool; 5) Reach 160 professionals/practitioners per with in-person training and technical assistance about how they can assist in addressing the OUD crisis, 60 by August 31, 2019, 160 by August 31, 2020, documented by completion of CSAT GPRA measurement tool;
  5. Develop website and launch by June 30, 2019, populate as identified/developed with easily accessible and up-to-date online education and technical assistance tools to provide on-demand information and training to 3000 community members and practitioners regarding the OUD crisis.