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In September 2020, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) awarded AFMC the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation (RCORP-I) grant. RCORP-I is a three-year initiative aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in high-risk rural communities.

The goal of this grant is to implement robust, evidenced-based interventions and promising practice models that expand access and strengthen the quality of SUD and OUD services with an emphasis on prevention, treatment and recovery in Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence and Sharp counties.

Project Goals

The goals of this grant program are as follows:

  1. Incorporate prevention activities by dissemination throughout the catchment area (This would include access to training, referral resources and informational tools.)
  2. Increase SUD/OUD treatment and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) services in the catchment area
  3. Engage and empower communities, families and caregivers by providing evidence-based and best practice SUD/OUD recovery model tools
  4. Leverage existing materials to enhance prevention activities and training for community organizations' SUD/OUD services in the catchment area
  5. Engage treatment providers within year one to include services for pregnant and postpartum women who are at risk for SUD/OUD

This grant operates with both a master consortium that will provide leadership and management oversight for grant activities and a community-specific consortium that will lead grant activities within the five Arkansas counties.