PRIDE coalition forms new partnerships to implement new opioid prevention and treatment initiatives

This article was published on: 08/28/19 5:42 PM by Mike Minarsky

Griswold, CT – In June of this year, PRIDE received a Connecticut State Opioid Response Initiative – Community Mini Grant, from SERAC with support from the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This $5000 grant provides communities with funding to build their capacity to develop and/or enhance local opioid addiction and overdose prevention and response efforts.

Griswold PRIDE collaborated with other local organizations to implement various strategies to reach their goals of preventing opioid overdose and increasing access to treatment services, all which work towards becoming a “Recovery Friendly Community”.

Strategies include:

  • Narcan and Suicide Prevention Training, in collaboration with 395 Connect business community: 8/15/19, 32 attendees, from over 20 different local businesses/organizations attended. All attendees were provided with free narcan to keep at their business in case of an emergency.
  • Prescription Medication Safety discussion with Dr. Kolker from UCFS, in collaboration with the Griswold Senior Center: 9/5, Noon, Griswold Senior Center
  • Prescription Medication Safes and Locking Bags purchased and will be handed out to the seniors at the above presentation, along with Deterra medication disposal bags
  • Opioid prevention and education curriculum purchased for Griswold High School and Griswold Middle School
  • Outreach to the recovery community in collaboration with Matt’s Mission
    • Supporting the Celebrate Recovery Event by Matt’s Mission
      • 9/7, 10am-2pm, Veteran’s Park, Jewett City
  • Increased access to treatment, in collaboration with Matt’s Mission and first responders
    • Purchased transportation vouchers for rides to and from treatment appointments
    • Created door hangers with local treatment information for first responders to leave after an overdose response, in collaboration with American Ambulance and Matt’s Mission
      • American Ambulance, Baltic Fire Dept., CT State Police Troop E, Griswold Fire Dept., Jewett City Fire Dept., UCFS
  • Live LOUD media campaign implemented, in collaboration with Matt’s Mission and SNSN Radio. Live LOUD is a marketing and outreach campaign developed by DMHAS, aimed at raising awareness about treatment options available for opioid use disorder (OUD). LiveLoud hopes to reduce stigma and engage people who are actively using heroin or misusing prescription opioids into recovery.
    • Media outlets included: digital advertising on SNSN tv’s, radio PSA’s, sidewalk clings for identified high risk locations, and social media posts

Mahoney was excited about her partnership with Matt’s Mission and SNSN Radio to market the Live Loud campaign. They worked together to come up with new ideas for outreaching to the recovery community and everyone affected by substance use disorders. “We took the campaign messages and went outside the box in our delivery to ensure that our audience gets it. The sidewalk clings and custom radio PSA’s are going right to the locations we need to target and where we will help the most people.”

PRIDE Coordinator, Miranda Mahoney, also states, “This was more than a funding opportunity for our coalition, this was an opportunity to utilize the funding to increase the impact by collaborating with our current partners and creating new relationships with local businesses and organizations.”

395 CONNECT President, Dawn Mattos, also expressed her willingness to increase collaboration between the two groups. “It is essential that businesses get more involved to protect the communities we work in and help facilitate any and all  resources to those in need. The training we received was life changing and it sparked a movement to do more, so more we will do!”

Mahoney said, “Working with 395 Connect and their members to bring such an important training to our community was an amazing experience. By taking time out of their schedules and/or closing their business in order to attend, it really shows what that business group is all about. I’m looking forward to continuing the conversation that was started at the training and working with them on future projects.”

About Griswold PRIDE

PRIDE is a community coalition created to work collaboratively to reduce and prevent underage drinking and substance use and their impact on the community. PRIDE utilizes a data driven approach to identify evidence-based strategies to create community change.

Community coalitions connect multiple sectors of the community, including businesses, parents, media, law enforcement, schools, faith organizations, health providers, social service agencies, and the government. By acting in concert through the coalition, all of the partners gain a more complete understanding of the community’s problems. Together, the partners organize and develop plans and programs to coordinate their anti-drug efforts. The result is a comprehensive, community-wide approach to substance abuse and its related problems.

PRIDE is a recipient of a federal Drug Free Communities Grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), for which Community Health Resources (CHR) serves as fiscal agent.

The mission of Griswold PRIDE is “To unite the citizens of Griswold in a partnership to create and foster a safe, drug-free environment for the entire community by preventing youth substance use and reducing adult substance abuse”.

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