For immediate release – December 16, 2019

The North Central Accountable Community of Health (NCACH) is accepting applications from qualified agencies interested in implementing an awareness and education campaign/program on the opioid use and prevention in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties.

Through cross-sector, regional collaboration, NCACH is working to improve community health in North Central Washington. NCACH is one of nine Accountable Communities of Health formed in Washington through the Healthier Washington initiative. As part of this initiative, the NCACH is undertaking a regional project addressing the opioid use public health crisis in North Central Washington. The project objective, as described by the Washington State Health Care Authority, is to support the achievement of the state’s goals to reduce opioid-related morbidity and mortality through strategies that target prevention, treatment, overdose prevention, and recovery supports.

The primary objective of this project is to increase knowledge among the general public about opioid use and prevention, particularly in the following areas:

  • Increase awareness about the dangers and addictive properties of opioids, including prescription medications.
  • Reduce community stigma toward opioid use disorder (OUD).
  • Increase knowledge of locations and purposes of medication take-back boxes in North Central Washington.
  • Increased knowledge of treatment options and locations in North Central Washington.
  • Increased knowledge of syringe exchange programs in North Central Washington.
  •  Benefits and availability of Naloxone as a rescue drug in the event of an opioid overdose.

The overarching communications strategy is focused on informed messaging to target audiences with an emphasis on and attention to the overall program objectives stated above, as well as with each audience-focused initiative.

Anticipated total available funding for the Opioid Project period is $30,000.  Each award amount for each of the geographic areas described in Geographic Project Areas is expected to be $10,000. Geographic Project Areas are: 1) Okanogan County, 2) Grant County, 3) Chelan/Douglas Counties combined. Expected project period is March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Download Request for Proposal

Download RFP Evaluation Template


Applications are due January 24, 2020 by 5:00 pm and may be emailed (PDF) to:
Christal Eshelman