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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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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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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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Webinar

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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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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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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PROJECT

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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PROJECT

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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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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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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GRANT

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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ADVISORY

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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SUPPORT

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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EVENT | June 12 at 8:30 am ET

This interactive event hosted by CMS, HRSA, the National Rural Health Association, and others will provide an overview of the state of maternal healthcare in rural communities, with a focus on access to maternal health services before, during, and after pregnancy. The event will be held in Washington, DC, and virtual attendance will be available via webcast.

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EVENT | June 18 at 2:00 PM

On Tuesday, June 18, at 2 p.m. EDT, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will host a second webinar for potential applicants and other stakeholders interested in the Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Demonstration Program. FTA staff will provide further information on the application process, key requirements, including data, and will answer frequently asked questions. FTA announced the $15 million IMI funding opportunity on May 8, and the application period closes on August 6. Don't miss this chance to learn from FTA about the application process.

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EVENT | August 19 & 20

The 2019 South Central Telehealth Forum will be held at the Sheraton City Music Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Make sure to check back here for updates on the agenda, exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, speaker announcements, and much more!  

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