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 meeting schedule for the Illinois Opioid Crisis Response Advisory Council will meet quarterly. Please see below for a meeting schedule.
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.
To join the Council, please contact Brian Pacwa at 312-814-6529.
Board/Commission/Task Force Requirements
Please visit the link above to view the training requirements for this Board/Commission/Committee/Task Force.
The purpose of the Illinois Opioid Crisis Response Advisory Council is to inform the ongoing implementation of the State Opioid Action Plan (SOAP) (pdf). The SOAP forms the strategic framework for addressing the opioid epidemic in Illinois, setting a statewide goal of reducing opioid-related deaths by one-third in three years and formulating a set of evidence-based strategies to achieve this goal.
The meeting schedule for the Illinois Opioid Crisis Response Advisory Council will meet quarterly.
2021 Council Membership Roster (pdf)
DHS Administrative Support
Board's Administrative Contact information: Kathleen Monahan, Kathleen.Monahan@Illinois.gov
Ethics Officer Contact Information: DHS.EthicsOfficer@Illinois.gov
Legislative Liaison Contact Information: Andre.Jordan@Illinois.gov