The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $1 million grant to a coalition of Kosciusko County organizations in their fight against opioid use. The grant is intended to help create a unified community response to those seeking addiction recovery treatment.
The consortium includes Bowen Center, Warsaw Wayne Township Fire Territory, Fellowship Missions, Live Well Kosciusko and K21 Health Foundation.
“This is a huge success for Kosciusko County and its efforts to promote recovery and wellness within this community,” said Wayne Peterson Stephan, Bowen Center Director of Addiction Recovery Services. “This grant will go to fund a number of community initiatives and roles that will help create and maintain a community of recovery here in Kosciusko County.”
The grant is designed to assist individuals in finding recovery, with a primary focus on those with Opioid Use Disorder, but not exclusive to that addiction. The programs specifically target homeless and people going through the justice system.
The grant will fund the following initiatives:
- Offset the costs of Sublocade (injectable Suboxone) which is used for the treatment of moderate to severe Opioid Use Disorder.
- Hire/train three peer recovery coaches.
- Hire a workforce recovery coordinator who will work with area employers on employee education, and development of second chance programs.
- Hire a Recovery Coordinator stationed at Fellowship Missions to assist with expansion services and additional beds.
- Warsaw Wayne Township Fire Territory will provide community training on Naloxone use and distribution.
“Our workforce recovery coordinator will provide assistance to employers to implement legally sound policies and best practices that will help current employees who are struggling with substance misuse,” said Lisa Harman, Live Well Kosciusko president & chief executive officer. “In addition, our coordinator will be a bridge between employers and those in recovery who have been in the criminal justice system.”