Opioid Project 2019-02-08T09:19:48+00:00

Opioid Project

Opioid Project

The opioid crisis has reached unprecedented levels in the United States, with more than 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016. A report released by the Center Disease Control in December 2017 indicates that the number of opioid-related overdose deaths have decreased the average life expectancy in the United States.

Through the NCACH’s Opioid Project, community stakeholders, law enforcement officials, clinical providers, educators, policy makers, tribes, behavioral health specialists, treatment providers, and social service agencies are coming together to create a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic that involves prevention, treatment, overdose prevention, and recovery supports. We expect to reduce the number of opioid-related deaths, overdoses, and rates of opioid abuse.

NCACH’s Regional Opioid Stakeholders Workgroup meets the third Friday of the month. Meeting minutes will be shared below. Meeting locations and call-in details can be found on the NCACH Calendar.

NCACH Master Calendar

Opioid Awareness and Education Marketing Campaign request for proposal awarded to Grant County Health District

February 7th, 2019|Comments Off on Opioid Awareness and Education Marketing Campaign request for proposal awarded to Grant County Health District

February 7, 2019 -- North Central Accountable Community of Health (NCACH) has selected Grant County Health District (GCHD) to develop a marketing campaign to raise awareness and education on the opioid crisis and opioid use [...]

NCACH Opioid Project seeking Request for Proposals for Opioid Awareness and Education Marketing Campaign

November 26th, 2018|Comments Off on NCACH Opioid Project seeking Request for Proposals for Opioid Awareness and Education Marketing Campaign

For immediate release -- November 26, 2018 The North Central Accountable Community of Health (NCACH) is accepting applications from qualified agencies interested in working with NCACH to develop a social marketing campaign to raise awareness [...]

Harm reduction program showing success in Grant County

October 8th, 2018|Comments Off on Harm reduction program showing success in Grant County

Earlier this year, the Grant County Syringe Services Program (SSP) was developed in partnership between Grant County Health District and Grant Integrated Services. Grant County's Syringe Services Program currently operates as a mobile unit outside [...]

NCACH releases second round of Rapid Cycle Funding Applications to address opioid use public health crisis in North Central Washington

October 4th, 2018|Comments Off on NCACH releases second round of Rapid Cycle Funding Applications to address opioid use public health crisis in North Central Washington

For immediate release -- October 4, 2018 The North Central Accountable Community of Health (NCACH) is accepting applications from partners who are interested in implementing projects under the Medicaid Transformation to Address the Opioid Use [...]

Stories of Recovery – NCACH staff attend National Recovery Month in Okanogan County

October 2nd, 2018|Comments Off on Stories of Recovery – NCACH staff attend National Recovery Month in Okanogan County

The day was filled with hope and resilience as one by one, stories of recovery were hung on the wall of the Agriplex at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds. They ranged from personal stories of addiction [...]

Finding a recovery home in Central Washington….

September 26th, 2018|Comments Off on Finding a recovery home in Central Washington….

Victor Estrada is no stranger to the recovery community in Washington State. As a longtime member of local recovery groups as well as current Homeless Outreach manager at Women’s Resource Center, Victor knows intimately how [...]

Initiative NameDate DueURL
FY 2018 Rural Communities Opioid Response ProgramJuly 30, 2018Application
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Technical Assistance Award (up to $3 million over 4 years) for organization to provide technical assistance to HRSA's RCORP award recipientsAugust 10, 2018Application
Health Services Research to Address the Opioids Crisis September 20, 2021Application

North Central Washington Opioid Response Conference: Pathways to Prevention

March 15, 2019 @ a location near you!

Join educators, students, and community leaders for a facilitated discussion to develop innovative, out-of-the-box strategies for opioid prevention in our whole community. Share your ideas. Be part of the solution!

Featured speakers include Caleb Banta-Green, Professor and Health Services Interim Director for the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, and Dr. Charissa Fontinos, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Washington State Healthcare Authority.

The North Central Washington Opioid Response Conference is a free conference that takes place at the same time, at multiple sites across the region.

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Evidence-based Dental Pain Care (Free Training Session)

May 3, 2019 @ Confluence Technology Center (Wenatchee)

At the Evidence-based Dental Pain Care Training Session you will learn about the latest recommendations for acute dental pain care, best practices for managing acute dental pain in patients with substance use disorder, emerging federal and state policies on opioids, newly adopted dental rules, clinical pearls in opioid prescribing from your peers and much more!

All participants will receive up to 4 hours of free dental CE, a copy of the 2017 Bree/AMDG Dental Guidelines on Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain Management, and a one-page summary of the guidelines.

This training is free and open to anyone, however, priority will be given to attendees from the North Central Accountable Community of Health region (Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties).

Register now
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Highlight of Opioids in Washington StateThis is the second time that the Washington Health Alliance has produced results looking at regional variation in opioid prescribing rates, specific to both the Medicaid and commercially insured populations. The interactive site uncovers potential hot spots of overuse and can help health care stakeholders identify and target areas in the state that may need improvement. Data can be sorted based on hospital referral area, age group, gender and/or insurance type. Note that the 2016 measurement year relies on claims data from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.
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Opioid Prescriptions and Drug Overdose Dashboard - Washington Department of HealthThis Opioid Prescriptions and Drug Overdoses dashboard from the WA Department of Health (DOH) allows you to explore six opioid prescribing measures and opioid overdose deaths by county, including trends over time. Note that you can also switch to viewing the data by ACH regions.Visit Site

NCACH’s Opioid Project Workgroup staff support lead:

Christal Eshelman, Program Manager

Email Christal ││ 509-886-6434

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