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Who We Are

We are a collaborative group dedicated to working within the Substance Use Continuum of Care which acknowledges the spectrum of healthy use, unhealthy use, problematic use, and disorder.

Our service area includes St. Louis County, Carlton County, and surrounding Tribal Nations.

our mission

To reduce harm, increase safety, and support recovery through community-based solutions for those impacted by substance use.

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A community where everyone has access to substance use recovery, health, and well being.

What We Value

Prevention &

We are committed to prevent and intervene to de-stigmatize substance use by engaging in open conversation, education, training and community awareness campaigns/initiatives through a whole-person approach.

Dismantle Discrimination

We acknowledge that Substance Use Disorder is a chronic health issue and work to change the beliefs, attitudes and systems that contribute to the unjust or prejudicial treatment of people with Substance Use Disorders.

Culturally Responsive

We respect and honor the languages, cultures and life experiences of the individuals we work with, have positive perspectives on culturally and linguistically diverse people, and practice cultural sensitivity.

Supportive Recovery Community

We support long-term recovery through strengthening a sustainable recovery community (families, friends & service providers) with multiple pathways to recovery on the continuum from abstinence to harm reduction.

Person Centered

We honor the individuals we work with as dignified human beings that have the right to self-determination. We facilitate the opportunity for meaningful choice in the services and resources available. We engage individuals to lead the decision-making process and collaborate for desired outcomes.

Increase Access &
Reduce Barriers

We continually assess and address the multiple barriers (financial, physical environment, bias, discrimination, transportation, etc.) to recovery. Acknowledging the multi-faceted contributors inclusive of physical health and behavioral health. We work to develop sober housing resources and employment opportunities for people in recovery.


We are a collaborative group comprised of recovery supports and Substance Use Disorder service providers and span St. Louis County, Carlton County, and surrounding Tribal Nations. Community Solutions (CSSUR) meets quarterly, on the third Thursday of the month from 3-4pm. Please email Jenny Swanson to be added to Zoom invitation.


Enhance policies, systems, and environmental changes both internally as a coalition and externally within our community.


Contact:  Laura Bennett

Opioid Workgroup

This group works to identify individual and community needs in relation to opioid use disorder, to create solutions, and make a difference through experience, education, legislation, resources, and collaboration.


Contact: Jenn Villa

Recovery Community Workgroup

Address stigma, increase advocacy, and develop connections within the community by acting on our mission to reduce harm, increase safety, and support individuals impacted by substance use.


Contact: Julie Vena

Community Awareness Workgroup

Engage the community to create and highlight solutions to positively support individuals, organizations, and communities impacted by substance use.


Contact: Jake Lewis

Reach Out

Contact Jenny Swanson for more information.

Collaborating Attendees