"Tooele County healthcare agencies will receive more than $1 million in federal grant money next month to bolster opioid prevention and recovery efforts in the county, local health officials say.
'The money will be used to bridge prevention, treatment and recovery services in the county,' said Dr. Maren Wright Voss, health agent of Utah State University-Tooele Extension. She helped submit applications for the grant.
USU-Tooele Health Extension, Valley Mental Health, Tooele County Health Department and Mountain West Medical Center emergency department have formed a three-year alliance in effort to address the county's opioid abuse problem. The group is called the Tooele Rural Opioid Healthcare Consortium.
The HRSA funds will directly support pain education, alternative pain management programs (i.e., cognitive therapy, yoga, and mindfulness), and disease prevention for community members, according to Voss. Some funds will also be used to educate healthcare professionals. New programs will directly address gaps in treatment services in Tooele County.
The money will also pay for a clinical coordinator for the next three years at an annual rate of about $50,000 per year. This person will provide clinical support and training to the community parties, Voss said.
The grant funds will also provide evidence-based interventions for health care professionals and first responders, like stigma reduction and disease prevention coordination and tracking."
Learn more by reading Mark Watson's article, "Local agencies win $1M grant to help fight opioid abuse" in full here.