Northstar’s new strategic plan was approved by the board of directors in April. The final plan details six major organizational goals and 19 key strategies. The full strategic plan can be viewed here.

Goals
The goals identified in the process look out 10-15 years and will require strong partnerships to achieve. These goals include:

  • NPGA is the go-to source for information, resources on problem gambling, responsible gambling
  • Fewer Minnesotans become problem gamblers
  • Minnesotans experience fewer negative consequences from problem gambling
  • Minnesotans view problem gambling as a public health issue
  • There is adequate funding to prevent and reduce problem gambling
  • Minnesotans can access appropriate treatment, aftercare

Key Strategies
Key strategies to help advance goals will take 3-7 years to complete or maintain. These strategies include:

  • Obtain stable state funding
  • Fund priority efforts
  • Ensure NPGA is fiscally stable
  • Ensure plan adherence
  • Align staff composition and work to key priorities
  • Be source of best practices for treatment and aftercare
  • Maintain reputation as content and policy expert
  • Influence policy positions and efforts on problem gambling
  • Educate people about problem gambling and prevention
  • Facilitate access to appropriate information and services
  • Be source of best practices for prevention
  • Lead a strong coalition of problem gambling stakeholders
  • Develop statewide problem gambling prevention plan
  • Leverage coalition to close gaps in continuum of care
  • Partner to ensure underrepresented communities are served
  • Advocate for increased funding for research, prevention and treatment
  • Facilitate training delivery to targeted audiences
  • Ensure policies place problem gambling on par with other addictions
  • Advocate with legislators about problem gambling as public health issue

Next Steps
The next steps in the process are for the staff and board to create work plans that align with the newly established strategic goals.