Council on Chemical Abuse Award’s Opioid Settlement Funds for Three Projects in Berks County

The Council on Chemical Abuse Board of Directors recently approved contract allocations totaling $213,554 for three projects that focus on prevention and treatment of the opioid crisis in Berks County. All projects will be funded, in whole or in part, through the Berks County Opioid Settlement Fund.

The Berks Opioid Settlement funds are in place to address detrimental effects of the opioid/overdose crisis in Berks County and to help protect the community from such negative effects in the future.

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These funds will be used to provide services related to Opioid Use Disorders (OUD) and any co-occurring substance use disorder (SUD) and Mental Health (MH) conditions to all communities and residents in Berks County with respect, dignity and equity while supporting culturally appropriate services and programs.

Below are the specific projects to be supported through Berks Opioid Settlement Funds:

Recovery House Case Management – Monies allocated to the Treatment Access and Services Center (TASC) to provide case management and house management services at the Drug Court Recovery House and the Women Recovery House located at the YMCA of Reading and Berks County. Existing funding and Opioid Settlement funds will be used to support this project.

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Creating Lasting Family Connections – Monies allocated to the Walk It Out Recovery to implement Creating Lasting Family Connections, an evidence-based substance use prevention for youth and parents. This will target the Latino Community.

Mortality Review Team – Provide funds to engage a part-time coordinator for the newly formed Mortality Review Team. This team will consist of local stakeholders who will review overdoses and suicides to ascertain any gaps in local services. Opioid Settlement funds will be used with other existing local monies to support this position.

For a more complete list of projects and more detailed information on funds, visit the, Opioid Settlement Funds page.

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