A group of area health care organizations have been awarded a federal Rural Opioid Response Planning grant from the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration for La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties.
Through the grant, consortium members will develop a recommended plan to prevent opioid and other substance use and improve the availability of treatment and recovery services in local communities.
The planning grant is for a one-year period and will be administered by North Central Behavioral Health Systems in collaboration with other consortium members that include representatives of the La Salle County Health Department, St. Margaret’s Hospital, Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Open Doors Community Counseling, Community Partners Against Substance Abuse (CPASA), Perry Memorial Hospital and the Bureau, Putnam & Marshall County Health Department.
Don Miskowiec, CEO of North Central, said the grant will help in collecting and organizing community input. The grant also will be used to assess needs, identify available services and develop plans to prevent opioid use, as well as to treat and sustain recovery for those dealing with substance addiction.
"It’s our hope that the planning grant will help in securing other federal and state grants to then implement and fund needed services,” Miskowiec said.
Consortium members will begin planning activities this month and will seek input from other community stakeholders and members and provide public feedback on the findings and recommendations.