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The Wright Center for Community Health is Awarded Nearly $1M to Implement a Rural Communities Opioid Response Program


Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded The Wright Center for Community Health $999,981 to implement a Rural Communities Opioid Response Program. The goal of the program is to establish a comprehensive, integrated approach to addressing the opioid epidemic.

Working within a consortium of community funders, The Wright Center for Community Health will extend naloxone administration training, opioid pregnancy recovery and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs in Wayne and Susquehanna counties, leveraging existing telemedicine networks, behavioral health, Ryan White Infectious Disease/viral hepatitis C (HCV) service lines and its state-designated Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence (OUD-COE). The organization will lead the effort to establish medication-assisted treatment programs within each county, leveraging a network of MAT-waivered providers, case managers, certified recovery specialists, mental health counselors and psychosocial supports.

“We are pleased to serve as lead partner in this consortium to strengthen and expand substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery services in rural areas. Activities will focus on Wayne and Susquehanna counties and include medication assisted treatment, case management and social supports. We are grateful for these federal resources that will help us overcome barriers to access in our rural communities,” stated Maria Montoro-Edwards, PhD, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Grants, The Wright Center for Community Health.

Key partners within the consortium include Maternal and Family Health Services, Inc., Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Wayne County Drug and Alcohol Commission.

Wayne County Drug and Alcohol Executive Director Jeff Zerechak added, “The grant will allow the agency to also provide crucial case management and recovery specialist services to Wayne County residents in need. During the next three years, this grant will translate into an additional $100,000 for Wayne County.”

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