Committee on Addiction needs support

Minot has demonstrated itself as being one of the leaders in terms of municipalities seeking local solution to the problem of opioid abuse. Its Committee on Addiction is seeking ways to address the problem and, according to a city press release, is calling for key members.

The Minot Mayor’s Committee on Addiction is seeking an executive director and a six-member board of directors for a recovery communities organization.

The roles of the director and board will be to fulfill the goals of the Minot Area Opioid Bush Grant. Director duties include operating a local Recovery Community Center, providing support for grant management and technical assistance, developing an addiction peer support specialist training curriculum and serving as a liaison with the North Dakota recovery community and other groups. The position is to be funded by the Bush grant.

A recovery community organization is an independent, nonprofit organization led and governed by the representatives of local communities of recovery. The sole mission of the organization is to mobilize resources within and outside of the recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addictions. Public education policy advocacy and peer-based recovery support services are the strategies through which this mission is achieved. Three of Minot’s six-member board should be individuals in long-term recovery. Members will not be employees of local recovery communities.

People interested in a position on the board of directors are invited to send a letter of interest by Jan. 8 to or City of Minot, Attn: Paul Stroklund, P.O. Box 5006, Minot, ND 58702. Those interested in the executive director’s position should forward a resume to the same address by Jan. 8. Questions also can be directed to Stroklund at 240-7156 or by email.

The Committee On Addiction will review applications/letters of intent and appoint board members on Jan. 10.

This is a terrific opportunity for those with the qualifications and desire to help address the opioid crisis; applicants are encouraged to attend the Jan. 10 meeting.