CORI’s 2023 Policy Goals

  1. Permanent, Dedicated Funding for SUD programs
    • MN lacks a stable funding base for SUD programs – a major reason why there is no comprehensive, effective approach to address our crisis. Currently, 90% of SUD funding comes from the feds, which is anticipated to decrease as follows:

      FY 23: $92 M l FY 24: $56 M l FY 25: $34 M

      CORI’s hope for MN is to create $200M in state funding with Alcohol Excise and Gross Receipts taxes

  2. Increase reimbursement rates for mental health and addiction services
    • Current rates are too low to pay for services. Enhanced rates are needed to service chronic populations filling our hospital beds and streets that need to be in skilled nursing facilities

  3. Addiction Medicine Fellowships
    • CORI is supporting stable funding for the only addiction medicine fellowship in MN. There is a big need for trained medical providers

  4. Marijuana Tax – Used for Treatment Courts
    • Treatment Courts provide needed services for low level offenders who opt for treatment under court supervision. Currently, Minnesota funds less than 20% of the cost to run these courts. A dedicated tax on marijuana will provide a stable funding base for the courts.

  5. Improved and increased access to Naloxone
    • We favor increased access to Naloxone and mandated use in emergency situations

  6. Access to MAT/OUD in jail
    • Jailers are denying arrestees access to their medications and mental health professionals seeking to evaluate them. We are looking to ensure that this is addressed.

  7. Twelve chronic population groups
    • Of the 12 chronic groups, our focus is on FAS/moms involved with child protective services, hospital populations needing lower levels of care, individuals experiencing homelessness, and the jail population

  8. Monitoring and reporting on OERAC and Governor’s Advisory Council
    • OERAC meets monthly and awards about $20M in grants per year and the Advisory Council meets quarterly and has no grant making authority, but we are looking to monitor and report on their progress in addressing the opioid epidemic in MN (see our Notable Committees page)