Rural Communities Opioid Response Program
After the successful completion of a planning grant, St. Luke's Hospital-Miners Campus was awarded a 3 year "Rural Communities Opioid Response Implementation Grant" from the Health Resource and Service Administration (HRSA) in 2019. The grant project's goal was to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) in the high-risk communities by strengthening the organizational and infrastructural capacity through a multi-sector consortium. The target population for this project included the students, staff, families and community members of Tamaqua Area School District (TASD), Panther Valley School District (PVSD), Child Development, Inc. (Head Start Schuylkill County program) and PathStone Corporation (Coaldale Head Start program).
VISION, along with St. Luke's Miners, PVSD, TASD, Child Development Inc. (Head Start, Schuylkill County program), Schuylkill County Drug and Alcohol Program, and Carbon Monroe Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission, was a Consortium Partner for the grant. As a Consortium Partner, VISION implemented evidence-based interventions and promising practice models, such as Trauma Informed Trainings, to expand access to, and strengthen the quality of, SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services in high-risk rural communities. VISION worked closely with the steering committee that meets monthly and includes local nonprofit and grassroots organizations and partners along with community members closely tied to the mission.
Upon completion of the grant in September of 2022, VISION had assisted in conducting trauma informed training and stigma presentations to over 400 county professionals and community members. VISION staff also attended and participated on the Rural Community Opioid/Substance Response (RCORP) Steering Committee, Schuylkill County Prevention Partnership and Schuylkill County REACH Coalition. VISION provided additional assistance in reaching communities through website and social media content around stigma, prevention, and services.
Attention SCA, Prevention Providers, and Coalitions:
There are a lot of books and websites with great information about mental health but here are some other options to expand your knowledge:
Mental Health First Aid is offered by Penn State Extension
Request a Stigma presentation from St. Luke's University Health Network
Question. Persuade. Refer. is offered by Suicide Prevention Task Force of Schuylkill County
The Best Mental Health Podcasts to Help You Learn and Grow
High School Student?
Learn about Aevidum in your school and consider getting involved.
List of organizations and resources for individuals in recovery and families impacted by substance use disorder.
Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Support Services
Pennsylvania 2-1-1 East is a free, confidential, non-emergency, comprehensive information and referral service that connects Schuylkill and surrounding counties' residents with health and human services they need. Visit Schuylkill United Way to learn more.
REACH's vision to work collaboratively across all agencies to reduce overdoses and overdose deaths in Schuylkill County to zero.
Visit Schuylkill County REACH – OverdoseFreePA (pitt.edu)
Facebook Page: Schuylkill Reach | Facebook
This program was sponsored in part and supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,000,000 (implementation grant) with approximately 50% financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.