“Creating a strategic blueprint that builds and strengthens the community by reducing the harms associated with opioid misuse, opioid overdoses and substance use disorders.”

Getting Involved

Join a subcommittee

The consortium has three subcommittees, which will lead efforts to create the three components of the plan: strategic subcommittee, workforce subcommittee, and sustainability subcommittee. One member of the executive committee leads each subcommittee.

There are many ways to support and participate in the planning process in addition to being part of the large consortium or a subcommittee. Consider volunteering a special skill such as website design or graphic design, offering meeting space, helping with communications strategies, or hosting a focus group/listening session.

Strategic Plan Committee

This committee will develop a comprehensive strategic plan. This type of plan entails a systematic process of envisioning a desired future and translating this vision into broadly defined goals or objectives and a sequence of steps to achieve them. Effective strategic plans provide clear and actionable direction for where resources and action should be focused to address (1) the root causes of problems with the most effective strategies and (2) changes in organizational effectiveness needed to implement them.

Committee Chair:
Shorey Dow and Stacey Lanza Roberts

Workforce Plan Committee

This committee will outline strategies for recruiting additional substance use disorder providers (e.g., physicians, counselors, peer providers, patient navigators, social workers, case managers) and integrating them into the target rural service area. It will consider detail plans to train new and retain existing substance use disorder providers in the target rural service area.

Committee Chair: Nelson Hayden

Sustainability Committee

The sustainability plan should draw from the consortium’s needs assessment, strategic plan, and workforce plan, focusing on strategies and activities that aim to address gaps in opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery in the region. A strong sustainability plan can mean the difference between creating a resource-rich, long-term fixture in our community and closing the doors by the end of this grant cycle.

Committee Chair: Phil Wyzik

Please contact the committee chair directly or Beth Shrader, Project Manager at cheshirehrsaprojectmanager@gmail.com.

Questions can be directed to any member of the Executive Committee.