New FORE Grants Support Community-Based Organizations Combatting the Opioid Use Disorder and Overdose Crisis

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

New FORE Grants Support Community-Based Organizations Combatting the Opioid Use Disorder and Overdose Crisis

 Support Community-Based Organizations Combatting the Opioid Use Disorder and Overdose Crisis

March 29, 2023

Today FORE announced $2.2 million in new grants to community-based organizations (CBOs) that offer harm reduction, prevention, treatment, and recovery supports in urban and rural communities nationwide. The 15 grants recognize the key role CBOs play in combatting the opioid use disorder (OUD) and overdose crisis in the U.S. The funds will support community-driven initiatives to reduce overdoses and engage community members in treatment and recovery.

Because CBOs are often underfunded and understaffed, these grants will be used to support programs, build capacity, bolster staffing, address technology issues, and establish strategic partnerships that help community-based organizations strengthen the delivery of OUD services in their communities.

“We are funding community-based organizations because they best understand the needs of their communities and which initiatives will have the most impact,” said Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH, President of FORE. “We are exploring how to expand this program to support more communities in need across the nation.”

FORE issued a Request for Proposals from community-based organizations in August 2022, and received 428 applications. After a rigorous review process, the following organizations were awarded funding over two years:

Amistades Inc. is receiving $150,000 to raise public awareness of OUD and expand prevention and treatment efforts in communities impacted by the opioid-fentanyl crisis along the US-Mexico border.

Baltimore Safe Haven is receiving $150,000 to launch the DC Safe Haven Mobile Outreach program, a harm reduction and treatment initiative serving LGBT communities of color in the District of Columbia.

The Center for African American Recovery Development is receiving $150,000 to partner with local leaders in three urban areas in Memphis, Tennessee; Mobile, Alabama; New Orleans, Louisiana; and one rural area in Orangeburg County, South Carolina, to develop new recovery programs serving predominately Black communities.

Coweta FORCE is receiving $149,997 to create a Parent Elected Peer Advocate program in Georgia’s Coweta County that will support parents with OUD involved in Juvenile and Family Court proceedings.

Chicago Recovering Communities Coalition is receiving $146,708 to enable the organization to enhance its capacity to deliver prevention, treatment, and recovery services to a predominately Black and Hispanic population.

Faces and Voices of Recovery Upstate is receiving $149,996 to enhance the organization’s ability to provide harm reduction training and recovery supports to individuals with substance abuse disorders across an eight-county region.

Formerly Incarcerated Transitions Clinic Program is receiving $149,996 to support harm reduction education and substance use treatment for justice-involved individuals in New Orleans.

Holler Harm Reduction is receiving $150,000 to provide post-overdose follow up and services to people who use drugs to prevent further overdose deaths in rural South-Central Appalachia.

Intercambios Puerto Rico Inc. is receiving $149,996 to expand community outreach and prevention efforts in Eastern Puerto Rico and provide more people with clinical services, including medications for OUD.

Justice Access Support and Solutions for Health is receiving $149,999 to expand treatment of OUD, including medications, counseling, and social services, at its health clinic, Casa de Salud.

Maggie’s Place is receiving $149,728 to expand services for homeless, pregnant, and parenting women with OUD in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mountain Top Cares Coalition is receiving $150,000 to expand its ability to connect people in rural Greene County, New York, to addiction treatment and other health care and social services.

My Father’s House Nashville is receiving $150,000 to expand services for fathers OUD who are making the transition from incarceration or homelessness and are at increased risk of drug overdose.

Simply Hope Family Outreach Inc. is receiving $150,000 to reach more young people and adults and to launch new services in a region of Idaho experiencing high rates of drug overdose and suicide.

The Martinsburg Initiative is receiving $149,952 to expand efforts to promote healthy development and resilience among youth and their families in Berkeley County, West Virginia.

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