September 3, 2019

23 counties to benefit from SWODA’s $200,000 RCORP Planning Grant for opioid prevention

South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) was awarded a $200,000 RCORP (Rural Communities Opioid Response Program) Planning Grant, and 23 counties will benefit upon completion of the first-year-planning process. Those counties are 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.

SWODA wants to reduce the occurrence of opioid use disorder (OUD) among new and at-risk users, as well as, fatal opioid overdoses through community awareness education and youth education activities. To accomplish this, SWODA Executive Director Debora Glasgow and the SWODA Board of Directors developed the Western Oklahoma Opioid Prevention Consortium (WOOPC).

During the first year of the grant, WOOPC will develop a strategic plan to address the gaps in OUD prevention and incorporate innovative approaches proven to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdose in rural areas. The consortium will develop strategies to improve service coordination to address public safety concerns, such as training, intervention, prevention and diversion programs for children, youth and families directly impacted by opioid abuse. They will also be creating coordinated delivery of resource information and programs in the 23-county area.

The following represent WOOPC:

SWODA: Executive Director Debora Glasgow, Project Director Carol Binghom and Special Projects Stephanie Haworth;

Jackson County Courthouse: District Attorney David Thomas.

District II Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force: Coordinator/Director Chet Glancy;

Southwest Regional Surgical Associates: Dr. William Sims, MD, FACS;

Great Plains Youth and Family Services: Executive Director Kody Suanny, Program Director Kim Rumschlag and Healthy Living Assistant Program Coordinator Donna Davilla;

Carnegie Public Schools: Middle School Principal Randy Turney;

Beckham County Courthouse: Associate Judge Michelle Roper, District Court;

Southwest Oklahoma Community Action Group: Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Director Kelly Baker;

Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs: Program Manager Laura Broyles;

Red Rock Behavioral Health Services: RSS Clinical Coordinator Ashley Jackson, BHCM II;

Jackson County Health Department: Public Health Educator April Collom;

Beckham County Health Department: Public Health Educator Arielle Howard;

The Amethyst House: Executive Director Staci Kirby;

Northwest Family Services: Executive Director Brenda Rose;

Shortgrass Community Health Center, Inc.: Quality Improvement & Risk Management Coordinator, Dennie Christian.

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 $200,000 with zero percentage financed with nongovernmental 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 resources to address youth prevention and community awareness.

More information will be coming soon to the SWODA website at www.swoda.org. If further information is needed contact Carol Binghom, project director, carol@swoda.org or Stephanie Haworth, special projects, stephanie@swoda.org or by phone at 580-562-4882.

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