Overall, Sterner stressed the opportunity that these settlements provide, saying, “This is the first time in the opioid crisis that we have the opportunity to pause, ask questions around what is it that we’ve been doing, where do we currently stand, and where do we want to go into the future?” He emphasized the importance of maximizing the impact of these funds.
For community-based workers, this means understanding the structures of distribution and oversight of funding for your state, connecting with stakeholders, advocating for evidence-based practice, knowing how your state can use funding, and developing an evaluation plan to monitor fidelity and any need for change.
Sterner outlined some resources available that include aid on both the state level and community level. These include:
This webinar is one in a series created by the REACH (Resilient, Engaged & Active Community Health) project, which provides support and resources to rural communities and stakeholders in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia to address substance misuse disorder and mental health disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery. A central part of the project is a series of monthly live webinars focused on the needs of our rural communities and stakeholders in our region. It was produced by the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center as part of the Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional (ROTA-R) initiative, grant #1H79TI085603-01, supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).