By Tonya Brown, MSW LMSW, HRSA Project Manager, WestCare Arizona
WestCare Arizona was recently awarded the Health Resources & Services Administration’s (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) implementation grant. This is a multi-year (FY21 – FY24) grant addressing the barriers associated with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) treatment and recovery to meet the United States Health & Human Services (HHS) goal of ending the opioid epidemic. For the past year and a half, Arizona’s team has worked with RCORP and HRSA on the planning stages through an awarded grant, and now on the implementation, we are so excited to help those in need through working with our community partners.
HRSA also invited our team to present at their virtual “Reverse Site Visit” event from September 12th – 13th with a 30 minute documentary on lived experiences with substance use disorders (SUD). As part, Benjamin Hernandez and Justin Kamimoto from WestCare Foundation’s Marketing team, visited our programs in Bullhead City in August to film various success stories from those that we serve to feature in the documentary! Thank you, Benjamin and Justin, for not only visiting but helping share that treatment works and recovery happens in Arizona!