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

The Full Consortium

The consortium is a collaboration. The planning must be driven by evidence and data. We will propose strategies that are known to be effective. We will propose a holistic and grounded approach.

A full consortium partner participates in planning activities representing their clients’ point of view, the role their organization plays in the community and/or their own life as a person with lived experience.

Representing their own experiences, we ask that members:

  • Understand and be able to communicate the goal and objectives of the Health Resources & Services Administration Rural Communities Opioid Response Program planning grant “project.”
  • Work collaboratively with each other to reach the goal of the project.
  • Attend and actively participate in meetings and reply to correspondences as promptly as possible.
  • Provide input, feedback, and any data or information requested during the process.
  • Assist in providing input and feedback on the 3-part plan and proofreading the drafts.
  • Support the involvement of community members in the planning process.

Effectively responding to the opioid overdose crisis requires that all partners be at the table and that all community entities are able to fulfill their necessary roles including anyone presently in treatment or recovery, presently using, a friend or family member of someone previously or presently using, and anyone who is at risk or vulnerable to using, particularly those who
have experienced trauma or are currently managing ongoing pain.

“Nothing about us without us” speaks to the fact that all strategies need to take into account the realities, experiences, and perspectives of those of us at risk of overdose. Those who are affected by opioid use & overdose risk should be engaged in the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions to assure those efforts are responsive to local realities and can achieve their desired goals.