The Illinois Opioid Crisis Response Advisory Council is convened by the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (IDHS/DASA). 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 2017, there were over 130 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, respectively.

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 education, and criminal justice populations.

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.

Next Meeting: April 16th 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM, 401 S. Clinton

February Meeting:

Council Meeting Agenda 2-15-18 (pdf)

Council Meeting Minutes2-15-18 (pdf)

Community Survey Results 2-13-18 (pdf)

State Targeted Response Update 2-15-18 (ppt)

Public Health Data Dashboard 2-15-18 (pdf)

Prescription Monitoring Program 2-15-18 (pptx)

Forms And Publications


End Opioid Misuse Material Order Form (pdf)

Naloxone Procedures (pdf)

MAT for OUD Environmental Scan (pdf)

Illinois Opioid Action Plan 9.6.2017 (pdf)

Opioid Commission Interim Report (pdf)

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

Opioid hotline