Monadnock Rural Communities Opioid Response Planning Project (MRCORPP)
Cheshire County has received a Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) $200,000 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program planning grant on behalf of the Monadnock region. During our planning year (6/1/19-5/31/20) a working consortium is forming. The consortium will conduct an analysis and use that information to create a strategic, workforce, and sustainability plan. The overall goal is to create a plan that aligns with the existing resources and expands and supports substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery services and resources to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses.
The plan will be data-driven, informed by individuals with lived experience and a result of a highly collaborative effort to build sustainable partnerships beyond the grant year.
The region to be included in the planning project consists of all 23 Cheshire County municipalities (Alstead, Chesterfield, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Harrisville, Hinsdale, Jaffrey, Keene, Marlborough, Marlow, Nelson, Richmond, Rindge, Roxbury, Stoddard, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Troy, Walpole, Westmoreland, and Winchester) and the 9 westernmost towns of Hillsborough County (Antrim, Bennington, Francestown, Hancock, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Sharon, and Temple).
Success at the end of the grant year will be the creation of a strategic blueprint that builds and strengthens the community by reducing the harms associated with opioid misuse, opioid overdoses and substance use disorders.
Goal and Objectives
The goal of the Monadnock Rural Communities Opioid Response Planning Project (MRCORPP) is to Create a plan that aligns with the existing initiatives and expands prevention, treatment, and recovery services and resources in the region to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses.
- Form a multi-sector consortium and execute a memorandum of understanding that defines the partnership, and roles and responsibilities of the members.
- Conduct an analysis to identify opportunities and gaps in opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery workforce, services, access to care, and the existing resources.
- Develop a comprehensive strategic plan that addresses the gaps, incorporates approaches proven to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioids, includes strategies for affordable and accessible services, strategies to eliminate or reduce the costs of treatment, strategies to leverage resources, strategies for implementing practices after the planning year is over, and secures community support.
- Develop a comprehensive workforce plan that addresses the gaps, outlines strategies for recruiting providers, and includes plans to train and retain providers.
- Develop a sustainability plan that identifies strategies for sustaining the consortium and operationalizing the activities, maintains affordability and accessibility of opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery services, and has quantifiable metrics.