DPAC Minutes - June 3, 2021

Date: June 3, 2021                                                                      

Location: Virtual via Google Meet
Phone: 617-675-4444 PIN: ‪943 118 049 0103#

Called to Order: June 3, 2021 at 1:03pm

Adjourned: June 3, 2021 at 3:07pm

Voting Members Present: Dale Woolery, Terra Kinney, Kevin Gabbert, Vern Armstrong, Jason Feaker, Jason Sandholdt

Non-Voting Members Present: DeMario Luttrell (for Steve Larson), Brad Richardson, Jonathan Borg, Brad Richardson, Flora Schmidt

Voting Members Absent: Sharon Greer (excused), Steve Michael (excused), Chris Wilson (excused), Leslie Russell, Warren Hunsberger, Paul Feddersen, Barb Anderson, Katrina Carter

Voting Members Vacant: Iowa County Attorney’s Association

Guests Present: Todd Jones, Kevin Winker, Tabatha Gerdner, Cheryl Yates

ODCP Staff Present: Susie Sher, Dennis Wiggins

Welcome and Introductions
Director Woolery called the meeting to order and welcomed attendees. 

Approval of the December 3, 2020 minutes
Minutes were not approved as there was not a quorum.

Overdose Data Update
Kevin Gabbert of the Iowa Department of Public Health gave an update on overdoses in Iowa. He showed slides explaining an increase in substance-related deaths in Iowa. From 2019 to 2020, there has been a 27% increase in deaths involving alcohol, a 19% increase in deaths involving all other drugs, a 35% increase in deaths involving opioids, and a 59% increase in deaths involving synthetic narcotics such as fentanyl. Deaths involving psychostimulants have remained stable. The number of deaths involving both opioids and psychostimulants have increased 13%. IDPH is supporting expanded service delivery for medication; expansion of the state opioid response to new providers; Narcan initiatives; identification of those in need of services through screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment; an anti-stigma campaign; and technical assistance such as housing and evidence-based practices.

Overdose Reduction Initiative
Kevin Winker from the Midwest HIDTA gave an update on his new position as drug intelligence officer and the overdose response strategy to reduce fatal and non-fatal overdoses across the country. HIDTA is partnering public health with law enforcement to help each other understand the issues. Kevin is working with local law enforcement and drug task forces, monitoring felony drug arrests, and contacting different agencies to make connections on those cases. He is also monitoring alerts on parcel delivery. He is also assisting on the overdose dashboard project with Intel. HIDTA is also working with jails on a naloxone distribution project. Kevin is also working with IDPH on a naloxone distribution and education kit for law enforcement agencies.

Pre/Post Arrest Diversion Pilot Project Update
Todd Jones provided an update on the three-county pre/post arrest diversion pilot program. The three counties involved include Blackhawk, Story, and Jones. The pilot project gives law enforcement the option of getting a person into treatment in lieu of arrest. The goal of the project is to increase access to evidence-based treatment and reduce relapse and recidivism. The project is aimed at reducing contact with law enforcement, improving justice system efficiencies, and enhancing relationships between law enforcement and community members. Each county involves the county attorney, law enforcement, and local treatment providers. Law enforcement is able to use discretion to divert to the project coordinator pre-arrest or the county attorney can divert the client post-arrest. Each county has a different process. The grant allows for participation for opioids, stimulants, prescriptions, and other substances may be considered.  

Vaping Presentation
Tabetha Gerdner of the Iowa Department of Public Health will present on vaping at a future DPAC meeting.

2021 Member/Organization Planning and Legislative Recap
Dale Woolery provided an update on the past legislative session. Members provided updates on their organizations’ current work.

Other Business and Public Comment
An opportunity for public comment was provided, but no one offered comments.  No other business was discussed.                           

Motion to adjourn by Jason Sandholdt. Second by Jason Feaker.
Next meeting TBD.

*This meeting was held virtually. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, an in-person meeting was not a viable option at this time.