Opioid Task Force
The City of Framingham has established an Opioid Task Force. The purpose of this Task Force is to ensure the effective, informed, and efficient expenditure of Framingham’s share of Opioid Settlement Recovery Funds with the goal of making a meaningful difference in the lives of Framingham citizens impacted by opioid addiction. Over the course of 18 years, the City will be the recipient of $1.2M in settlement funds, providing Framingham with the opportunity to invest significantly in addressing the impact of the Opioid epidemic in the local community. The City is also receiving settlement funds from lawsuits against pharmacies and smaller pharmaceutical firms, which will become part of the City’s opioid response. State guidelines for the expenditure of these recovery funds require municipalities to focus efforts on substance-use prevention, harm reduction, opioid treatment, and/or recovery support.
This guidance document from the Commonwealth provides information on the approved strategies for which funds can be used. Additionally, to learn more about Massachusetts' opioid settlement funds, you can visit the MA Attorney General's website.
The membership of Framingham’s Opioid Settlement Task Force Includes:
|Bill Murphy||Director, Department of Public Health|
|Cathy Miles||Founder of Framingham Force|
|Courtney Balacco |
Executive Director of Student Supports, Framingham Public Schools
|Chris Delude||Community Health Manager, Department of Public Health|
|Dana Haagensen||Director of Administration & Finance, Framingham Fire Department|
|Heather Gutierrez||Citizen Participation Officer, City of Framingham|
|Kathy Davies O’Leary||Director of Human Resources, City of Framingham|
|Lester Baker||Chief of Police, City of Framingham|
|Linda Phalen||Public Health Nurse, City of Framingham |
|Louise Miller||CFO/Director of Finance & Administration, City of Framingham|
|Maria McHugh||Community Health Coordinator, Department of Public Health|
|Meghan Todd||Grants Manager, City of Framingham|
|Michael Dutcher||Chief, Framingham Fire Department|
|Robin Williams||Assistant Director, Department of Public Health|
The Opioid Task Force is currently engaged in assessing community needs, seeking citizen feedback, and preparing for the prompt distribution of settlement funds. It is the desire of the Task Force to distribute funding thoughtfully and efficiently with the initial goal of aiding community partners who are already engaged in incredibly meaningful work to combat the opioid crisis in our City.
At this time, the Task Force is inviting those who live and/or work in the City of Framingham to contribute their voice to a community dialogue around the Opioid epidemic in our City. Please note that while suggestions will be used to guide decision-making, feedback may not have a direct or immediate impact on policy. Please take the time to complete this Community Feedback Form.
For details on the safe disposal of sharps ( needles, syringes, or lancets), please visit the City’s Sanitation Division web page