A Community heeding the Call!

Grand Forks Community Call To Action on Addiction & Substance Abuse  started on Thursday, May 25th, 2017!  

Over 200 people joined together to add their voices, commitment, talents and skills to this serious issue in our region. More than 400 others have joined us online to provide feedback and guidance. And 1000's have since joined in this collaborative work!


"I want to say thank you to everyone who came to the Call to Action on Thursday (May 25th). We had a good turnout and great discussion.  Now we need to continue the work.  We need to continue to listen, we need to continue to move forward, we need to continue to work together to change the face of addiction in our region."  

Mayor Michael R. Brown


Latest Updates

In the News! - GF Public Health Update - April 2019 

Opioid State Targeted Response (Jan 2019)

Call to Action - Action Plan Update (May 2019)



 A FOCUS ON . . .

PREVENTION      Education

TREATMENT       Treatment icon

RECOVERY         Support



November 5, 2018 Update to Grand Forks City Council

Call to Action Update Nov 2018

Call to Action Infographic Update - Nov 2018

In the News


Grand Forks Herald - GF Public Health Annual Report / detailing Call to Action work on substance use


Grand Forks Herald - Distribution of Narcan (Nov. 23, 2018)


Grand Forks Herald – City officials share updated Community Action Plan against opioid abuse (Nov. 5, 2018)


Grand Forks Herald – Grand Forks increases local medication assisted treatment for opioid abuse




Altru Health System Newsroom – Grand Forks Receives Drug Free Communities Grant – $125,000/year for 5 years!


Fargo Forum – ‘It saved my life’: How drug therapy helped Fargo man kick opioid addiction – This article features Chris Harsell, CNP from Valley Community Health Centers


Grand Forks Herald – Grandparents step in when addiction sidelines parents




Referral Information

 Treatment and Recovery Support Resource List

Overdose Prevention and Safety Resource List

April 13 - CADCA Strategic Planning Training

Professionals and community members across the Grand Forks area came together for a strategic planning training session from Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). As we continue to deliver on actions to address the stigma of addiction and create meaningful actions, so do we need to continue to be strategic about how we use our resources and partnerships.

February 21, 2018 - Prevention Video


Call to Action, Prevention

Additional informatin about the above video can be found here

January 9 - Free Movie and Discussion! "The Opioid Epidemic"

BCBS Documentary on North Dakota's response - 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Empire Arts Center

January 12-13  Strategic Plan Training

Postponed to April 13!
Daylong training for community stakeholders and task leaders, including the Grand Forks Youth Commission. Facilitated by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).

January 2, 2018 Update to Grand Forks City Council

After Mayor Brown and the City Council adopted the priority of addressing addiction and substance use disorder, including Opioids, in 2017, a community Call to Action was issued and hundreds of community members responded.

The following documents describe the work that has been going on in the last 9 months, particularly in the last few months as the State Targeted Response grant (with coordinator, Micahel Dulitz of the GF Public Health Dept.) and prevention grant (coordinated by the Substance Abuse Prevention Council) were implemented.  



Recovery Reinvented - How North Dakota's First Lady, Kathryn Helgaas Burgum and stakeholders all across the state are courageously and effectively leading the change of how we view and address addiction.

Local Resources - Resources are being compiled for all four focus areas. TBA


Please review and share your comments below!

EducationTreatment icon

A fantastic success!!!

The Anonymous People Film screening and panel discussion on Recovery & Support in Grand Forks - October 17, 7:00 Empire Arts Center


September was National Recovery Month





Download the Grand Forks Call to Action Infograph (PDF) for a good educational tool to get started!


YOU - all of you - have heeded the Grand Forks Call to Action (CTA) and it is making a difference.

The focus of the CTA is developing an ongoing, community-wide Plan of Action to address addiction and substance use disorder.

The CTA Plan will comprise recommendations created out of conversations, committees and good, old fashioned feedback from our residents and professional stakeholders.

Together, we will develop, enact, track and continue this plan until we significantly change the face of addiction in Grand Forks and truly create a community of recovery.

The timeline on this page let's you know where we've been and where we're going.

Below, you will find more resources on the four committees formed to create CTA Recommendations and several ways to sign up to take action, receive updates or otherwise join the Call to Action.


The Anonymous People Film screening and panel discussion on Recovery and Support in Grand Forks - October 17, 7:00 Empire Arts Center

Facebook Page



recovery reinvented logo

Join First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum and Governor Doug Burgum for an extremely exciting and game-changing event to reinvent recovery in North Dakota. September 26, Bismarck Civic Center.

governor & first lady




Congratulations Grand Forks!  Thanks to the community for informing the plan and Debbie Swanson, the Grand Forks Public Health for leading the way.  

Because of the those efforts The North Dakota Department of Human Services has identified Grand Forks as a community with the capacity to address the opioid crisis and has awarded a $130,000 grant to strengthen local efforts to treat opioid use disorder, support recovery, and save lives by preventing overdose deaths.





If you're willing, please share your contact information to help change the face of addiction in our region.

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