The St. Louis County Council on Tuesday passed legislation that would allow the University of Missouri to assist with the county’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).
The legislation was requested from Dr. Faisal Khan, the director of the St. Louis County Department of Health, which would allow the county to enter into a contract with the Board of Curators at Mizzou.
The university will assist the St. Louis County Department of Public Health by conducting research and evaluation into data used to address the heroin and opioid use.
The bill was easily passed with the council voting unanimously 7-0.
The county’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program which launched in April, seeks to improve opioid prescribing by providing critical information regarding a patient’s controlled substance history and informing clinical practices by identifying patients at high-risk.
St. Louis County enacted legislation on March 1, 2016, to establish and authorize the operation of a PDMP by St. Louis County Department of Public Health.
The St. Louis County PDMP is the first locally based PDMP in the country. DPH serves as the program administrator, and any Missouri jurisdiction may subscribe to the St. Louis County PDMP upon enacting authorizing legislation and by signing a user agreement with St. Louis County.
Corrections Medicine raises
Also discussed on Tuesday was Councilwoman Hazel Erby’s legislation that would use Prop P funds to Corrections Medicine employees at the St. Louis County Department of Public Health a 10 percent raise.
The bill is in its second reading phase, and wasn’t voted on Tuesday. Erby said she would discuss the matter with St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger on the details of the bill.
Erby’s legislation comes as a response to Stenger’s proposal to give corrections medicine employees a three percent raise.
In addition to the 10 percent raise Erby is proposing, the legislation would also include a two percent raise for every five years service (up to a maximum six percent) for case managers, corrections case supervisors, office services representatives, office managers and others.
Communication from County Executive Steve Stenger recommended that the sum of $150,000 be appropriated to support a program for a 3 percent raise for employees assigned to and working in the Corrections Medicine Program of the Division of Health Services in the Department of Public Health.
The money for the increased wages would come from the county’s health fund.