211 addiction nagivator

Launching September 2018

Housed through FirstLink, a resource center in Fargo, the 211 Addiction Navigator presents a full time professional trained in addiction triage protocols who will connect callers in “real time” with available services and treatment options in the area. Anyone seeking care can call 211 for immediate help.

Through coordinated Memorandums of Understanding, service and treatment organizations connected to the 211 Navigator will provide a warm hand off of services, ensuring the client receives the care they need in the fastest timeframe possible.

FirstLink provides an already established network of expedient care. This year to date First Link has handled 31,811 calls, offered 9,112 resources, and rescued 45 clients.

Mobile outreach program

Coordinated by Cass Public Health’s Harm Reduction Center, Gladys Ray Shelter has launched a Mobile Outreach Program to better reach community members in need of care. Located in Downtown Fargo, the Mobile Outreach Program utilizes a triage method when interacting with persons in need of care. In an effort to provide better care, trained Harm Reduction Advocates determine the best treatment option for the individual - drastically saving both cost and time across treatment resources across the community.

Since its inception in February of 2018, the Mobile Outreach Program has transported over 650 persons in need of care to treatment. In ambulance and Emergency Department costs alone, the program has saved the city over $200,000.

Senator John Hoeven speaks about Mayors Blue Ribbon Commission on Addiction

Senator John Hoeven speaks about Mayors Blue Ribbon Commission on Addiction

naloxone education & Access

Naloxone education has been provided at more than 160 events, educations more than 300 nurses, peer recovery coaches, correctional workers, first responders, and school workers.

take back education

Prescription Take Back events held by Fargo Cass Public Health and the Harm Reduction Center have acquired over 200 pounds of opioids.


opioid prescription reduction

Both Sanford and Essentia have decreased new opioid prescriptions by more than 35% since January 2017.

medication assisted treatment

Community Medical Services has more than 250 participants. Suboxone prescribers have increased from 2 providers to 4, and by the end of 2018 new prescribers will include 5 from Sanford, 3 from Essentia, and 3 from Family Healthcare.