Feds tap WICHE for key role fighting opioid epidemic in Western states

WICHE to play key technical assistance role on Federal opioid-prevention grant

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A four-year, $19 million grant awarded recently to JBS International by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration designates the WICHE Behavioral Health Program as the technical assistance lead for developing opioid-related prevention, treatment, and recovery services in rural areas of Colorado, Indiana, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, and Washington.

WICHE will help 16 hospitals, rural organizations, and academic institutions in those states to build cross-sector community partnerships, recruit and train staff, and develop integrated and innovative models of care, including telehealth services. Rural populations have been disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic (which claims 116 lives a day nationwide), and face a variety of challenges, including limited access to substance abuse treatment and recovery services.