Washington county provides first deliverable from opioid grant

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The Snohomish (Washington state) Health District has completed its first deliverable under a Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP).

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) had awarded the health district $200,000 in May 2019.

The program aims to improve access to and recruitment of new substance use disorder providers. It also aims to establish cross-sector community partnerships; provide technical assistance; increase telehealth; implement new models of care, and build sustainable treatment resources.

Funds must be used for HRSA-designated rural counties or rural census tracts in urban counties. In Snohomish County, this is sections of the Darrington area.

The first deliverable is the creation of a consortium that represents rural organizations. Current members include the health district, the town of Darrington, the Darrington Prevention and Intervention Community Coalition, EvergreenHealth Monroe Recovery Center, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, and the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management.

The consortium will receive the next round of funding, $1 million, on Sept. 1. Funding will be for three years and will be used to implement items from the consortium’s strategic plan.

The district also recently launched a website outlining communities impacted by the opioid epidemic and will host a virtual candlelight vigil for overdose victims on Monday.

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