The United Way of the Wabash Valley has received a three-year $1 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. The nonprofit says the funding will be used to expand service delivery for substance use and opioid use disorders in rural areas of Sullivan, Parke and Vermillion counties.
The United Way says the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program implementation grant will allow it to partner with organizations in its Substance Use Disorders Impact Council and implement a set of substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery activities.
“The Substance Use Disorders Impact Council is doing big things and this is a great win for our community,” said Richard Payonk, executive director of the United Way of the Wabash Valley. “These issues are too great for one organization to tackle alone and getting the right people around the table and working together is the only way that our community will be able to address the root of the large scale problems we are facing.”
The nonprofit says the grant will fund programming such as a new substance use-trained case manager and counselor for Vermillion County, hiring and training nine health and social service professional interns, three new peer recovery centers with expanded telehealth and 24/7 call operations, and two new recovery residences.
Additionally, the funding will support the enrollment of more than 2,000 students in new school-based and evidence-based prevention programs annually, as well as increased educational programming and marketing, and nine new permanent drug take-back sites.
The United Way says the implementation grant follows a previously-awarded planning grant, which it has been executing over the last year.