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Drug Czar Seeks Treatment for Drug Addicts, Combats Traffickers

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Jim Carroll was interviewed by USDA Radio for a segment discussing the work ONDCP is doing in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to connect those suffering from substance use disorder in rural areas with help, and the concurrent work being done targeting drug traffickers to keep illegal drugs out of local communities.

Listen to the interview with USDA Radio.

Past events

1890 Scholarships Program

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded 19 grants totaling more than $14 million to provide scholarships at 1890 land-grant colleges and universities. The scholarships are intended to encourage outstanding students at 1890 institutions to pursue and complete baccalaureate degrees in the food and agricultural sciences and related fields. By developing a highly skilled workforce, the 1890 Scholarships Program helps facilitate rural prosperity and economic development aligning with USDA’s strategic goals. Award grant details can be found on NIFA’s website.

HHS Launched a Telehealth Website to Expand Health Care Access

The Telehealth.HHS.gov website provides information about the latest federal efforts to support and promote telehealth services. It was built by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Emergency Grants During COVID-19

SAMHSA Released $110 Million to Provide Americans with Substance Use Treatment and Mental Health Services During COVID-19. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has expedited its process to release emergency grants to strengthen access to treatments for substance use disorders and serious mental illnesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meals for Kids Interactive Map

USDA launched the Meals for Kids Interactive Map to help families find meals for children while schools are closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Please check it out, as of 4/23/2020, 36 states have provided information for the interactive map.

CDC Rural Health Site

Visit the CDC site for rural-specific information and while you are there listen to the --updates for Rural Health Partners, Stakeholders, and Communities on the 2019 Coronavirus Disease Response-- webinar series.

COVID-19 Fact Sheet

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Fact Sheet with information on COVID-19 substance use disorder resources.

COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

USDA’s COVID-19 Listing of Federal Programs That Can Help Rural Communities, Organizations, and Residents Impacted by COVID-19.

Carroll Meets with Rural Leaders in Winchester, VA

Director Carroll visited Winchester, VA to participate in a roundtable discussion on ONDCP’s Rural Community Action Guide with community leaders and members of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition.

Carroll Meets with Rural Leaders
Director Carroll meeting with Rural Leaders

 

Carroll Speaks to Rural Faith Leaders on Podcast

Director Carroll spoke with Pastor Jon Sanders who is a rural faith leader and host of the Small Town Big Church podcast. Rural America has been hard hit by the drug crisis and in many small towns, rural pastors and other faith leaders are on the frontlines of supporting families impacted by addiction.  In his discussion with Pastor Sanders, Director Carroll spoke about the vital role that faith leaders can play in meeting the prevention, treatment and recovery needs of their town as well as resources like the Rural Community Action Guide (PDF, 4.2 MB) that ONDCP has built to be a partner in these efforts. Listen to the full interview.

$10.1 Million in Grants to Improve Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

On March 12, 2020 Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE) announced its first round of grant awards. We are proud to support 19 organizations that are working to increase access to opioid use disorder treatment in diverse and innovative ways. Collectively, these organizations will offer models and provide vital information supporting efforts to end the opioid crisis. 

These 19 projects were selected from a highly competitive field of more than 400 applicants; the selection process was informed by reviews from 50 independent experts. Our grantees will aim to expand access to treatment for vulnerable populations, including pregnant women, the homeless, and those just released from jails or prisons who are at high risk of relapse and overdose deaths. From remote areas of Alaska and Alabama to New Hampshire and New York City, they are engaging and educating patients and health care providers and fielding peer support workers and doulas to forge relationships that lead to lasting recovery. Visit the FORE Grantees page to learn more about these organizations and their plans for spreading innovative, evidence-based solutions to the crisis.

ONDCP Director Jim Carroll Participates In a Rural Roundtable Discussion In Missouri

Southeast Missouri State University’s The Arrow (2/19, Holford) reports Director Carroll, ONDCP Senior Adviser For Rural Affairs Anne Hazlett and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson “attended a closed healthcare roundtable discussion at the Wehking Alumni Center on Southeast’s campus Wednesday, Feb. 19.” The discussion “focused primarily on workforce development, rural healthcare and engaging” law enforcement workers as part of an effort to prevent substance use disorder-related problems. During the discussion, Carroll “stressed federal resources are available to support residents in Southeast Missouri.” The KFVS-TV Cape Girardeau, MO (2/19, Heller, 39K) website and the Southeast Missourian (2/20, Wolz, 46K) also cover this story.

Nearly $25M Available to Substance Use Prevention Coalitions in New Partnership Between ONDCP and CDC

Today, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll announced the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), which begins this year’s process of awarding funds to community coalitions focused on preventing youth substance use. For FY 2020, this will allow 200 new communities to receive direct financial help totaling $25 million from the White House to prevent illicit drug use and save lives. Community coalitions interested in applying to the DFC Program can learn more.

ARC Announces $3.3 Million to Continue Economic Growth in Region’s Coal-Impacted Communities

On February 12th, ARC announced nearly $3.3 million in investments through the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative focusing on strengthening responses to substance abuse, improving broadband infrastructure, and supporting Opportunity Zone investments.

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The White House is helping fight Alaska’s addiction crisis

Op-ed by Anne Hazlett

In communities across Alaska and beyond, our country is facing a monumental but preventable challenge: the crisis of drug addiction. From 1999 to 2017, the number of Alaskans who died from a drug overdose increased by 219 percent. Although many of these deaths happened in larger cities like Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau, the addiction crisis is crippling small towns, Native villages and remote places throughout Alaska, leaving no community or geography out of its reach.

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White House committed to tackling drug epidemic

Op-ed by James Carroll, Director of the White house Office of National Drug Control Policy

In small towns, suburban neighborhoods and big cities, our nation is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis of drug addiction. In 2017, nearly 200 people each day died due to a drug overdose. While no corner of our country has escaped the devastation of this epidemic, rural America has been hard hit.

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Defeating the drug crisis in rural America: Building healthy communities in Washington

Op-ed by Anne Hazlett, Senior Advisor for Rural Affairs and Kirk Pearson, USDA, Rural Development State Director, Washington

From Washington to Maine, our country is in the midst of a drug crisis. In 2017, more than 70,000 Americans, or nearly 200 people each day, died as the result of a drug overdose. This crisis of addiction knows no geographic, cultural, or economic boundaries and has impacted small towns, tribal communities and suburban neighborhoods alike.

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Moving Past Triage—Solutions for the Opioid Crisis in Rural America

On Thursday, May 2 the Orton Family Foundation held a Heart & Soul Talk: Moving Past Triage—Solutions for the Opioid Crisis in Rural America with Anne Hazlett, Senior Advisor for Rural Affairs, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy,  Lisa Roberts, Public Health Nurse from Portsmouth, Ohio; and Tina Stride founder The Hope Dealer Project.

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Defeating the drug crisis in rural America: Building healthy communities in Washington

Anne Hazlett and Kirk Pearson

From Washington to Maine, our country is in the midst of a drug crisis. In 2017, more than 70,000 Americans, or nearly 200 people each day, died as the result of a drug overdose. This crisis of addiction knows no geographic, cultural, or economic boundaries and has impacted small towns, tribal communities and suburban neighborhoods alike.

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How the Trump administration is helping rural Kentucky battle addiction

Op–Ed by Anne Hazlett

From east to west, north to south, small towns and rural places are under siege from a man-made crisis — the crisis of addiction. I recently met a judge from a rural county in the southeast. Faced each day with the wreckage of lives torn apart by drugs, she told me that she hardly practices law anymore. Instead, she is running a social service agency, getting victims of addiction back on their feet.

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Telepsychiatry Pilot in Rural North Dakota Middle School

Southwestern District Health Unit (SWDU) and the Center for Psychiatric Health are implementing a pilot project to bring telepsychiatry services to students at Dickinson Middle School in North Dakota. While the school does have counselors that can provide some mental health services to students, this pilot is expected to dramatically increase access to psychiatric services, specifically, which would normally take students several hours of travel time to access. If successful, this pilot project will be expanded to other schools in North Dakota.

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Telemedicine for Infectious Disease Services

Faced with a growing need for and a dwindling supply of ID specialists, health systems are using virtual care platforms to access these experts when and where needed. One organization tooling up to provide tele-ID services is University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.  UPMC Enterprises has developed ID Connect, a connected care platform that now serves 15 hospitals (10 in the UPMC system and five outside) and is aimed at the 4,000 small acute care hospitals across the country who may lack the resources.

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National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant 

U.S. Department of Labor Provides National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant to Combat Opioid Crisis in Ohio - The U.S. Department of Labor announced an opioid-crisis Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services for up to up to $11,000,000, with $3,666,667 released initially. This grant will provide disaster-relief jobs and employment services to eligible individuals in Ohio impacted by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose. Funding will provide eligible participants disaster-relief employment in positions addressing the impacts of the opioid crisis, such as peer recovery coaches and social service aids assisting children placed in foster care resultant of parental substance abuse. The project will also provide training and employment services to eligible participants impacted by the crisis and seeking careers in in-demand jobs related to addiction, treatment, prevention, and pain management. The state anticipates serving approximately 893 participants in Ohio.

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Disaster Relief Employment Funding for West Virginia 

The U.S. Department of Labor announced an opioid-crisis Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) to Workforce West Virginia for up to up to $10,000,000, with $3,333,333 released initially. This grant will provide disaster-relief jobs and employment services to eligible individuals in West Virginia impacted by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose. This grant will provide eligible participants with disaster-relief employment in positions addressing the crisis, such as responders to deliver humanitarian assistance to the opioid-impacted homeless population and peer recovery coaches to help affected individuals navigate the path to recovery. The grant will also provide eligible individuals with training in healthcare professions related to addiction, treatment, prevention, and pain management. West Virginia anticipates serving approximately 534 grant participants in the following metropolitan communities across the state:  Beckley, Bluefield, Charleston, Huntington, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg, and Wheeling.

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HRSA awards $24 million to 120 rural organizations for opioid response 

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy awarded $24 million for the second round of Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) planning grants. Recipients across 40 states will receive $200,000 for one year to formalize partnerships with local stakeholders, conduct needs assessments, and develop plans to implement and sustain substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions.

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ARC Announces Substance Abuse Advisory Council  

ARC has announced the formation of the Substance Abuse Advisory Council (SAAC) to develop recommendations for ARC to consider as part of a strategic plan to build and strengthen a recovery ecosystems in Appalachian communities. The 24 member volunteer advisory group represents each of the Region's 13 states, and includes leaders from law enforcement, recovery services, health, economic development, private industry, education, state government and other sectors.

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Supporting Recovery from Opioid Use: A Peer’s Guide to Person-Centered Care 

The Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) is excited to offer a new training product for peer support specialists about opioid use disorder. Supporting Recovery from Opioid Use: A Peer’s Guide to Person-Centered Care is a one-hour, self-paced course designed to equip peers and other outreach workers with information, resources, and practical tips to help them better understand opioids and their impact on individuals. The course features 4 modules: Role of Peers in Recovery; Opioids and the Brain; Treatment Options; and Supporting Those Using Opioids. Learn about effective treatment options and strategies for using person-centered care to engage people with opioid use disorder in their path to recovery.

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