Michael Dulitz received the Trailblazer Award from Gov. Doug Burgum and first lady Kathryn Burgum for his work as opioid response coordinator for Grand Forks Public Health.
The award was presented at the Recovery Reinvented conference Nov. 12 in Bismarck.
Dulitz’ accomplishments include overdose prevention training, supporting the establishment of medication-assisted treatment programs for opioid use disorder and enhancing peer support counseling, according to Debbie Swanson, director of Grand Forks Public Health.
He also has led efforts to promote addiction treatment programs at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center, Swanson said.
Other programs that have benefited from Dulitz’ involvement include the Youth and Adult Mental Health Facilitator Training program, pharmacy education for people with opioid prescriptions at risk of overdose, and support for clients’ housing needs.
He also started the Any Positive Change syringe service program at Grand Forks Public Health, she said.
“Michael has fundamentally changed the way people in our community speak about addiction, substance use and mental health,” Swanson said in a news release. “His work in the community has touched many lives through his creativity, his knowledge and his passion.”
Recovery Reinvented is an initiative of Helgaas Burgum, which aims to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health issues, and to prevent drug and alcohol addiction by building healthy families, communities and businesses.
For more information about the state Office of Recovery Reinvented, visit www.recoveryreinvented.com .
For more information about Grand Forks Public Health, visit www.grandforksgov.com/publichealth .