The first round of Rapid Cycle Opioid Project applications were awarded a total of $97,390 at the June NCACH Governing Board Meeting.

Awards ranged from $5,000 – $10,000 and will be disbursed for projects occurring between July – December 2018. The Rapid Cycle Opioid Project funding model was developed by the NCACH Regional Opioid Stakeholders Workgroup and will be used as a pilot initiative to address the opioid use public health crisis as a part of NCACH’s Medicaid Transformation Project efforts. Regional Opioid Workgroup Project Manager, Christal Eshelman, notes “I am excited about the broad range of applicants and the different partnerships that were highlighted in these Rapid Cycle applications, as well as how priorities vary across the region.” Please join us in congratulating the 2018 Rapid Cycle Opioid Award Recipients:

Drug Disposal Kiosk
Applicant: North Valley Hospital
Amount Awarded: $10,000
Goal: By creating a sage and convenient method of drug disposal we can benefit our community by reducing the likelihood of drug diversion and abuse.
Partners include: Tonasket Police Department, City of Tonasket, Roy’s Pharmacy, Family Health Centers (Tonasket), Confluence Health (Tonasket), Tonasket School District, North Valley Community Association
Counties Served: Okanogan

NCW Opioid Communication Plan
Applicant: Grant County Health District
Amount Awarded: $10,000
Goal: To distribute accurate and consistent messaging about opioid safety and address the stigma of addiction.
Partners include: Okanogan Public Health, Chelan-Douglas Health District, Confluence Health, Grant Integrated Services, Okanogan County Community Coalition, Moses Lake Health Youth Partnership 365, North Central Educational Service District, North Central Emergency Care Council, Grant County Prevention Network, Wahluke Community Coalition, Quincy Partnership for Youth, Together for Youth
Counties Served: Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan

Narcan Take Home and Overdose Education
Applicant: Samaritan Healthcare
Amount Awarded: $5,000
Goal: Patients at risk for opioid overdose will have quick access to a reversal agent such as Narcan.
Partners include: Grant Integrated Services, Wenatchee Emergency Physicians, Laketown Pharmacy, Grant County Health District, Southgate Pharmacy
Counties Served: Grant

Substance Abuse Prevention Program Pilot
Applicant: Methow Valley School District
Amount Awarded: $10,000
Goal: The Methow Valley School District will adopt an integrated K-12, evidence-based approach to substance use prevention education and policy.
Partners include: Methow Valley School Health Advisory Council, North Central Educational Service District, Okanogan County Public Health
Counties Served: Okanogan

Syringe Service Program
Applicant: Grant County Health District
Amount Awarded: $5,000
Goal: To respond to the opioid crisis through implementation of a community supported and resourced syringe service program.
Partners include: Grant Integrated Services, Moses Lake Community Health Center, Washington State Department of Health, Center for Opioid Safety Education, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington
Counties Served: Grant

Rapid Response to Resources (Text “OPIOID” to 898211)
Applicant: Washington 2-1-1
Amount Awarded: $10,000
Goal: Those with mobile phones will have instant access to local, state, and national resource information regarding opioid abuse, proper storage and disposal of opioids, and locations for treatment and support services.
Partners include: Okanogan Public Health District, Community Choice
Counties Served: Okanogan

Medication Lock Boxes and Education
Applicant: Chelan Douglas Community Action Council
Amount Awarded: $9,690
Goal: Keep medications secure and away from access by children or potential abusers/addicts.
Partners include: Cashmere Food Bank, Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center, Lake Chelan Food Bank, Community Cupboard, Entiat Valley Community Service Food Bank, Mansfield Food Bank, Waterville Food Bank, Wenatchee Food Bank, Rock Island Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
Counties Served: Chelan, Douglas

Establish a Drug Court in Chelan County
Applicant: The Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Amount Awarded: $10,000
Goal: Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder and/or other substance use problems, who find themselves facing legal issues will now have an avenue to avoid felony convictions and prison. (Drug Court began in Chelan County on June 7th — funding requested will be used to send Drug Court team to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Conference in Washington, DC)
Partners include: Superior Court of the State of Washington for Chelan County, Chelan County Board of Commissioners, Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney, Counsel for Defense
Counties Served: Chelan

Creating Resilience Against Opioids
Applicant: Family Health Centers
Amount Awarded: $8,000
Goal: To become a trauma-informed and resilient community that will lead to healthier lifestyles.
Partners include: Okanogan County Community Coalition, School Districts across Okanogan County
Counties Served: Douglas, Okanogan

Opioid Intervention Service
Applicant: Catholic Charities
Amount Awarded: $10,000
Goal: Move access to treatment forward to an earlier diversion point in services.
Partners include: Douglas County Prosecuting Attorney, City of Wenatchee Police Department, Chelan County Court, Douglas County Court
Counties Served: Chelan, Douglas

Mid-Valley Community Opioid Treatment Plan
Applicant: Mid-Valley Clinic
Amount Awarded: $10,000
Goal: To increase support before, during, and after Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT). To increase the number of MAT providers in the area. To provide whole-person care for obstetrical and postpartum patients needing interventions. To increase the distribution of Nalaxone (Narcan) to lay people and at-risk populations.
Partners include: Mid-Valley Clinic and clinical providers
Counties Served: Okanogan


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