Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - June 20, 2017
REVISED June 20, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #8

Addictions Crisis Taskforce - Drug Free Manatee

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information
Joshua T. Barnett
Health Care Services Manager
Community Services Division
Department of Neighborhood Services
x 3978

Action Requested
Recognition of the efforts of Drug Free Manatee, its staff, and progress promulgated by their success in the oversight of the Addictions Crisis Task Force.

Manatee County Health Care Services Manager to provide description of successes and opportunities made possible by Drug Free Manatee and the many members of the Addictions Crisis Task Force who have assisted the County in addressing addiction from a prevention framework.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
FS 125

Background Discussion
The Addictions Crisis Task Force, led by Drug Free Manatee (DFM) and its staff, has established consistent representation from leaders in addictions prevention, treatment, research, education, policy, law enforcement, and advocacy to proactively address addiction disorder within Manatee County. Their successful work has garnered them recognition at a national level and greatly impacted the community in preventing the incidence of addiction within the County. In an era of addiction, their work has assisted in disseminating accurate and evidence-based strategies, cultivated a shared understanding among various professionals of addiction as a disease, and created a community with a common perspective in how to prevent incidence of addiction "up stream." 

Drug Free Manatee and the Addictions Crisis Task Force was invited to lead the Lake Eerie College of Osteopathic Medicine's annual Research Day on the 25th anniversary of the College to faculty and students in the disciplines of pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, and health management. DFM was invited to lead this Research Day at LECOM due to their ability to demonstrate "Inter-Professionalism" for which they are a local leader.

Their substantive work in creating an environment to explore all options to address addiction and the opioid-overdose epidemic is to be commemorated by Manatee County, as they continue to impact those with addiction disorders.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

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