FORE Announces $10.9 Million in Grants to Prevent Opioid and Substance Use Disorder in Children and Families

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

FORE Announces $10.9 Million in Grants to Prevent Opioid and Substance Use Disorder in Children and Families

Today, FORE announced nine new grants, totaling $10.9 million over three years, to fund prevention programs for children and families across the U.S. The grants will support organizations that are improving or expanding evidence-based prevention strategies for children and families at highest risk. These include families with a parent or other family member with a substance use disorder, those in which family members have been separated for a time, and those in very low-income communities.

“A key step in addressing the opioid crisis is to develop and implement programs to break the cycle of intergenerational addiction,” says Karen A. Scott, M.D., M.P.H., FORE’s president. “These new prevention initiatives have great potential to mitigate adverse childhood experiences that lead to emotional pain and trauma, putting children at higher risk for opioid use disorders. They will also bring much needed interventions to diverse communities.”

For those interested in learning more about family-focused prevention interventions, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine is a hosting a workshop on May 5th and 6th in Washington, D.C. Funded by FORE, it will bring researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and patient and family advocacy organizations together to explore how prevention programs, including those that address opioid use disorder in adolescence, can be delivered in primary care settings. You can register here.

Funded Projects

Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia)
Effect of School-Based Health Centers on the Medical and Behavioral Outcomes of Medicaid-enrolled Children Exposed to Parental Opioid Use
Principal Investigators: Lindsey Bullinger, MPA, PhD and Angelica Meinhofer, PhD

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic County (Margate, New Jersey)
Strengthening Families Against Opioid Use
Principal Investigator: Laura Rodgers, MSW, LCSW

Morgan County Partnership (Berkeley Springs, West Virginia)
Project Resilience: Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Appalachia
Principal Investigator: Kristen Gingery, MA

National Indian Youth Leadership Development Project (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Walking in Strength
Principal Investigator: McClellan Hall

Denver Health and Hospital Foundation (Denver, Colorado)
Denver Health’s Multi-Generational Approach to Prevention and Recovery: A Hub-and-Spoke Model for Families with Opioid Use Disorder
Principal Investigators: Lucia Walsh Pedersen, PhD and Christopher Sheldon, PhD

University of California, San Francisco
Evaluating & Sustaining Team Lily, A multidisciplinary Perinatal Care Program Supporting Pregnant People and Their Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders
Principal Investigator: Dominika Seidman, MD, MAS

University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Training School- and Community-Based Providers to Prevent and Manage Pain, Trauma, and Opioid Abuse for New Mexico’s Youth
Principal Investigators: Sanjeev Arora, MD, MACP, FACG, and Joanna Katzman, MD, MSPH

University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida)
Adapting and Testing an Intervention for Families with a Parent in Methadone Treatment
Principal Investigator: Khary Rigg, PhD

University of Washington (Seattle, Washington)
Northwest Center for Family Support: Building Statewide Capacity to Implement Evidence-Based Interventions in Families with Opioid Use Disorder
Principal Investigator: Margaret Kuklinski, PhD

You can view descriptions of our Prevention Program projects, as well as all of our grants, in the Our Grantees section.