AUGUST 17, 2020

Over $1 million in grants awarded to SWODA to address opioid misuse in 23 Oklahoma counties

By Carol Binghom, Western Oklahoma Opioid Prevention Consortium Project Director

Two grants totaling over $1 million were awarded to South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) to address opioid misuse in the following 23 counties: Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Cimarron, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Kiowa, Major, Roger Mills, Texas, Tillman, Washita, Woods and Woodward.

The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) Implementation Grant is for $1 million. SWODA wants to reduce the occurrence of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) among new and at-risk users, as well as, fatal opioid overdoses. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) on a mobile medical unit will be used while utilizing telehealth services for treatment and recovery. This is in collaboration with Red Rock Behavioral Health Services and Northwest Center for Behavioral Health. The mobile unit will be staffed with an advanced practice registered nurse and patient navigator.

Funds will also be used in public schools in conjunction with Oklahoma Department of Health Educators in a life-skill training for third through fifth grade students to help them avoid the misuse/abuse of opioids and prescription drugs.

Other ways the funds will be distributed are as follows: Narcan will be purchased and distributed to Vance and Altus Air Force Base barracks. There will be funds available to train doctors to become Data 2000 waivered to treat opioid abuse disorder patients using MAT. Oklahoma Conference of Churches will train peer coaches and increase the number of recovery programs in our communities. They will also collaborate with The Amethyst House in Altus to establish a MAT recovery house in central western Oklahoma.

SWODA also received a $50,000 grant from Telligen Community Initiative (TCI), a private, Iowa-based charitable foundation. The one-year funds will supplement the salaries of the advanced practice registered nurse and a patient navigator for the mobile medical unit.

Western Oklahoma Opioid Prevention Consortium was one of only 15 grants selected for TCI’s 2020 Oklahoma and Colorado-based funding cycle, which awarded a total of $640,685 in grants to nonprofit organizations in these states ($325,000 to Oklahoma and $315,685 to Colorado). TCI works to support projects in the priority funding areas of health innovation, health care workforce development and access to care for the underserved. Since 2014, TCI has awarded more than $10.3 million to 251 organizations and projects in Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma and Colorado.

Western Oklahoma Opioid Prevention Consortium is represented by the following:

· SWODA - Debora Glasgow, Executive Director; Carol Binghom, Project Director; Stephanie Haworth, Special Project Coordinator

· Jackson County Courthouse – District Attorney David Thomas

· District II Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force – Chet Glancy, Coordinator/Director

· Southwest Regional Surgical Associates – Dr. William Sims, MD, FACS

· Great Plains Youth and Family Services – Kody Suanny, Executive Director; Kim Rumschlag, Program Director

· Oklahoma Conference of Churches – Michael Owens, Program Manager

· Carnegie Public Schools – Middle School Principal Randy Turney

· Clinton Indian Health Services – Dr. Kara Cline

· Beckham County Courthouse – Associate Judge Michelle Roper, District Court

· Southwest Oklahoma Community Action Group– Kelly Baker, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program Director

· Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs – Laura Broyles, Program Manager

· Parent Group Representative - Renee Roberts

· Person in Recovery Representative - April Ruiz

· Red Rock Behavioral Health Services – Ashley Jackson, BHCM II, RSS Clinical Coordinator

· Jackson County Health Department – April Collom, Public Health Educator

· Beckham County Health Department – Arielle Howard, Public Health Educator

· The Amethyst House – Staci Kirby, Executive Director

· Northwest Center of Behavioral Health – Charita McOsker, Executive Director; Glenda Blosser, Prevention Specialist

· Southwestern Oklahoma State University – Kalie Kerth, Rural Health Services

· Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services - Consultants

This project is 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 with zero percentage financed with non-governmental 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. The overall goal of the program is to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses in high-risk, rural communities by strengthening the capacity of multi-sector community agencies to increase the access of care and resources for prevention, treatment, and recovery. The Western Oklahoma Opioid Prevention Consortium was developed by SWODA Executive Director, Debora Glasgow, and the SWODA Board of Trustees. Twenty-three counties in western Oklahoma will benefit from the three-year grant.

More information will be coming soon to the SWODA website at If further information is needed contact Carol Binghom, project director, or Stephanie Haworth, special project coordinator, or by phone at 580-562-5042.