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Every city, town, and rural area in the U.S. is feeling the increasing impact of mental health and substance use disorders, and Anoka County is no exception to the trend. This is resulting in serious risks to Anoka County residents, businesses, law enforcement, health care, government, social services and other organizations.  The Northwest Metro Alliance is convening a diverse group of stakeholders from all sectors of our community – the “North Metro Roundtable” – to develop a collective vision and strategic direction for strong, resilient, healthy people & families through access to effective community and system supports.

The North Metro Roundtable was formed in late 2018. Over several months, the group worked together to shape a strategy that will be carried out by voluntary, local work groups in 2019. As initially scoped, three working groups will focus on:

  1. Service Integration, Coordination and Innovation: Improving access to existing services and identifying and filling gaps in services.

  2. Stigma Reduction and Community Engagement: Reducing Stigma and increasing community awareness of resources and services.

  3. Access to Housing:  Maintaining and increasing access to housing for individuals experiencing Mental Health and Substance Use issues.

For more information or to participate in the Roundtable, contact Patrick Lytle at Patrick.Lytle@allina.com.

In the News:

With suicides and ER visits on the rise, north metro group forms new collaboration
Read article in Star Tribune

Resources:

“Compelling Case:” See why we believe this issue is so critical for Anoka County.

Northwest Metro Alliance - Executive Summary, 2010-2017 https://www.healthpartners.com/ucm/groups/public/@hp/@public/documents/documents/entry_194259.pdf