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RNC Operational Updates for Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19

The Milwaukee County Courthouse will remain open during the Republican National Convention (RNC). All court operations (Civil and Family Filings, Restraining Orders, Probate, In Custody Intake Court, Preliminary Hearings) will be operating at Vel Phillips Juvenile Justice Center (10201 W. Watertown Plank Rd. Wauwatosa, WI.) For more information about how other Milwaukee County services and operations will be impacted during the RNC, visit Milwaukee County's RNC updates webpage.  

May 31, 2024

Milwaukee County Releases 2023 Annual Report on Efforts to Combat Opioid Epidemic

The annual report highlights opioid settlement funded initiatives and long-term strategy plans

 

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley is highlighting a recently-released report about Milwaukee County’s strategic and data-informed efforts to combat the opioid epidemic through effective utilization of opioid litigation settlement dollars. The report details how Milwaukee County has deployed the historic opioid settlement funds and reaffirms the County's commitment to utilizing these resources effectively to save lives. Last year, Milwaukee County successfully recovered $102 million in opioid litigation settlements, representing the largest amount recovered by any local government in the history of Wisconsin.

“For years, local leaders and organizations across Wisconsin have been on the frontlines of the opioid crisis. The $102 million in opioid settlement funds have the potential to be transformative, helping to save lives from this epidemic and mitigate continued suffering for residents and their loved ones,” said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley. “This report details our impactful efforts thus far in deploying opioid settlement funds throughout the community. Looking ahead, Milwaukee County is committed to doing all we can to combat the opioid crisis, make the best use of these funds and deliver critical resources into the community – because lives depend on it.”

The report outlines the County’s five-year strategy that is guiding opioid litigation settlements spending, with a focus on people-centered initiatives. Guided by settlement directives, funds are allocated across four key categories:

  • Treatment: Services related to the treatment of opioid use disorder and any co-occurring substance use disorder or mental health condition through evidenced-based or evidence-informed programs or strategies.
  • Prevention: Services related to the primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention of opioid use disorder in children, youth, or adults.
  • Harm Reduction: Services that reduce opioid related problems and improve quality of life without primarily emphasizing sobriety or a use reduction.
  • Other Strategies: Activities related to research, training, evidence-based data collection, the surveillance of the opioid crisis, and analyzing the effectiveness of the abatement strategies.

By using an efficient allocation process and prioritizing data informed decision-making, Milwaukee County awarded approximately $16.5 million to 15 projects across four County departments.

Opioid litigation settlements funds were distributed to administer projects center around treatment, prevention, harm reduction, and other strategies. Notable projects include the implementation of 11 Harm Reduction Vending Machines and the Medicated-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Behind the Walls program.

In April of 2024, Milwaukee County received the “Award for Excellence in the Application of the Opioid Litigation Principles” for the County’s effective utilization of opioid litigation settlement dollars, awarded by a coalition of organizations from across the spectrum of the substance-use field and coordinated by faculty from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Read the full report HERE.

Learn more about Milwaukee County opioid settlement-funded projects HERE.

MILWAUKEE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE

(414) 278-4211 | fax: (414) 223-1375
Milwaukee County Courthouse, Room 306
901 N. 9th Street | Milwaukee, WI 53233
 

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