Rural Opioid Use Disorder Response
SCORH is one of three planning grantees in the state for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy’s new Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 115 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. In South Carolina, five million prescriptions for opioid pain killers are filled every year – more than one prescription for every person in our state. Our country and our state are facing an epidemic of a proportion never seen before – and without immediate action, it is only going to get worse. SCORH is committed to doing our part to fight this epidemic by working to better understand and address the needs of our state’s rural communities that are finding themselves in the midst of this crisis. In addition to addressing opioid use disorder among rural residents, we know there is also an increasing need to address the co-occurrence of HIV and Hepatitis C among persons who inject drugs. In September 2018, SCORH was awarded a one-year planning grant through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) to conduct activities and build capacity within rural South Carolina to increase the number and capacity of behavioral health homes which will, in turn, decrease morbidity and mortality associated with opioid use disorder, HIV, and Hepatitis C among residents in high risk communities.
Through RCORP, SCORH will build upon existing statewide work to bring together a consortium of partners that will focus on building infrastructure and capacity in rural communities to include the integration of behavioral health care, primary care, and the treatment of infectious diseases as well as opportunities for reimbursement for rural providers. Together, consortium members will share expertise; provide leadership in planning for integrated services; create linkages to statewide and local consortia to avoid duplication of efforts; address stigma; ensure target population engagement in planning; and focus on solutions rather than barriers. In addition, a large number of supportive partners working in this area have committed to lending their expertise and are available to help inform a robust and useful RCORP planning year.
RCORP Consortium Members:
SCORH – Lead Applicant & Co-Chair
SC DAODAS – South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services & Co-Chair
CareSouth Carolina – Federally Qualified Health Center & Ryan White Provider – Hartsville, SC
Shoreline Behavioral Health Services – Alcohol / Drug Treatment Provider – Conway, SC
Tidelands Health / Tidelands Gastroenterology – Medical Provider – Georgetown, SC
Tri-County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse – Alcohol / Drug Treatment Provider – Orangeburg, SC
Trinity Behavioral Care – Rural Alcohol / Drug Treatment Provider – Marion, SC