Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP)

New York State consistently has higher opioid overdose rates than the national average. Rural communities are continuously identified to be at high risk for opioid misuse. This program is designed to reduce substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in rural communities by strengthening and expanding prevention, treatment, and recovery service delivery in high-risk rural communities.

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) has identified four overarching goals related to the program:

Goal 1: Prevention
Reduce the occurrence and associated risk of opioid use disorder among new and at-risk users as well as fatal opioid-related overdoses, and promote infectious disease detection through activities such as community and provider education, harm reduction strategies, and referral to treatment and recovery support services. Our webinar discussions are designed to educate community members, emergency response services providers, and healthcare providers in Wyoming County about what they can do to identify OUD, communicate treatment options, and support all involved in the process. Reducing stigma is a main presentation topic, along with finding alternatives to pain medication. 

Goal 2: Treatment
Implement or expand access to evidence-based practices, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with psychosocial intervention, and eliminate or reduce treatment costs for underinsured patients. We have invited Dr. Joshua Lynch to speak about the importance of MAT and will offer the opportunity to sign up for a MAT virtual waiver training. During the panel discussion, the availability and effectiveness of counseling will be discussed.

Goal 3: Recovery
Implement or expand access to recovery and treatment options that help people battling addiction to start and stay in recovery, including ensuring access to support services such as transportation, housing, peer recovery, case management, employment assistance, and child care. Rural AHEC staff invited the members of the Wyoming County Interagency Committee to display materials promoting their community support services so that not only community members but healthcare providers would be more aware of what is available locally to support addiction sufferers.

Goal 4: Sustainability
Support efforts for achieving financial and programmatic sustainability beyond period of performance.
Rural AHEC and Spectrum Health and Human Services have formed a lasting partnership through which we plan to develop future collaborative events and programs.

Please contact us at 585-786-6275 or if you would like to partner with us and/or participate in this community program.