Illinois Opioid Crisis Response Advisory Council

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

The Illinois Opioid Crisis Response Advisory Council is convened by the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR). The goal of the Council is to prevent and reduce opioid misuse and overdoses and the purpose of the Council is to gain an understanding of the existing efforts and initiatives occurring statewide to address the opioid crisis, identify gaps, promote evidence-based strategies and policies designed to combat this public health and safety crisis, and to support the development of a comprehensive strategic plan.

The Council began meeting in January 2017. As of June 2018, there were over 200 individuals on the Council members representing State agencies, members of the General Assembly, statewide provider organizations, professional/trade organizations, community-based providers, county health departments, county coroners, hospitals, and local coalitions. Membership is open to all and continues to grow, with new people participating in Council and Committee meetings.

The Council and Committees meet approximately every three weeks. Council members attend meetings in-person, by phone and videoconference. Each Council meeting includes a presentation on a state or local initiative and Committee updates.

Accomplishments to date include: increased awareness of local and state opioid initiatives; initial identification of prevention, treatment and resource gaps; and the Committees' development of preliminary goals related to MAT, prescribing practices, public awareness and education, criminal justice populations, and children and families.

The latest Council updates and resources shared by Committee members and other opioid resources can be found at the links on below, and to the right you will find links to agendas, meeting notes and presentations from past meetings. To join the Council, please contact Brian Pacwa at 312-814-6529.

News & Events

Forms & Publications

Addiction Policy Forum's Hospital Toolkit


Opioid White Paper 4.11.2018 (pdf)

MAT for OUD Environmental Scan October 2017 (pdf)

Opioid Commission Interim Report (pdf)



SOAP Implementation Plan 5.31.18 (link to pdf)

May 11 2018 Opioid Summit (pdf)

The Role of Home Visiting Programs in Addiction Prevention April 2018 (pdf)

SUPR Opioid_Resources

End Opioid Misuse Material Order Form (pdf)

Naloxone Procedures (pdf)

Illinois State Opioid Action Plan (SOAP) 9.6.2017 (pdf)

Illinois Response to the Opioid Epidemic 1-20-17 (pdf)