In June of 2017, the then-mayor of Minot appointed a Committee on Addiction.
Since then, the committee has worked towards researching and outlining what the Minot area has or is lacking when it comes to addiction resources.
This week, the product of the Mayor’s Committee will come to fruition. It’s an affiliate of the national non profit, Recovery Communities Organization.
“That’s basically what that group is, is the compass to keep recovery going in the right direction,” project leader for the Mayor’s Committee, Paul Stroklund, said.
The RCO will consist of an unbiased board of six directors and an executive director.
Executive director is a paid position.
To get federal funding, half of the board must be people with no ties to treatment facilities or health institution. This is so that individualized treatment plans are what’s best for the person, not the institution.
The other half MUST consist of people in recovery.
“They know those tools that work for individuals with addiction,” said Stroklund. “The rest of the people think that they know, but they might not know the right answer, and there is no ‘one’ right answer. We need to keep that mix and keep the non-biased thinking.”
The RCO will be funded like any other non-profit, through grants and donations.
Although the board needs to be unbiased, it still needs an equal amount of determined people with understanding of the addiction crisis, finance experience to help fund the non-profit, and those who care to help people in need.
If you’re interested in being a board member or applying for the ED position, e-mail Paul Stroklund by the end of Tuesday, Jan. 8.