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Four NC Non-Profits Get Million Dollar Grants To Fight Drug Abuse PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 August 2020 10:56

Four North Carolina based non-profits received $1 Million grants each from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fight substance abuse in their respective communities. 

The orgranizations are: North Carolina Healthcare Quality Alliance, Inc. of Raleigh, Robeson Health Care Corporation of Pembroke, United Way of Rutherford County, Inc. of Forest City, Wilson County Substance Abuse Coalition of Wilson. 

“President Trump has focused on expanding access to treatment for Americans with substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder, and that commitment continues during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar.  “The pandemic has created particular stresses for many Americans struggling with substance use disorders, and these HRSA awards will help strengthen prevention, treatment, and recovery services, especially in rural America, at this difficult time.”

 

HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy awarded $4,000,000 to four recipients serving North Carolina residents as part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation (RCORP-Implementation) Each RCORP-Implementation grant recipient will use the funding toenhance and expand service delivery for SUD and OUD in rural communities. Awardees will work with rural communities to implement a set of core SUD and OUD prevention, treatment and recovery activities grounded in evidence-based or promising practice models which can be tailored to communities’ unique needs. Nationally, $89 million was awarded to 89 rural organizations across 38 states.

In addition to the RCORP-Implementation investments, HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce awarded nearly $12.5 million to 28 organizations to expand access to behavioral health services for families affected by opioids and other substance use disorders. North Carolina received $384,150. The Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program (OIFSP))aims to increase the number of training opportunities for behavioral health paraprofessionals working with families, and provides tuition assistance for trainees. Today’s awardees will recruit and train paraprofessionals to work with youth, including in high-need rural areas across the United States.

“These RCORP-Implementation grants are an essential part of HRSA’s overall efforts in helping to combat the opioid epidemic in the rural areas of our country,” said HRSA Administrator Tom Engels. “In addition, behavioral health paraprofessionals play a critical role in taking care of youth and families struggling with substance use disorder and opioid use disorder. This HRSA funding gives trainees the chance to learn in the communities and with the families that most urgently need their services.”

Last Updated on Friday, 07 August 2020 11:28
 
Chatham County Receives Grant to Install Vehicle Fast Charging Station PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 August 2020 08:50

The NC Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) selected Siler City as one of 33 locations across the state to receive grant funds to install a zero emission vehicle (ZEV) fast charging station. 

Chatham County’s project was chosen as part of a competitive grant application process designed to install fast charging stations for electric vehicles in strategically important travel corridors throughout the state. The grant will fund up to $82,971 (about 80% of the cost) to install a fast charging station located in the Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q parking lot at the intersection of US Highway 64 and US Highway 421 in Siler City. 

Governor Roy Cooper announced the grant awards on July 29,2020,as part the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s settlement with Volkswagen for unlawfully cheating on vehicle emissions. Cooper designated NC DEQ to administer distribution of the settlement funds.

“Fast charging stations are important for zero emission vehicle adoption because they can charge a vehicle more rapidly, about 20-30 minutes, compared to a standard charger, which takes three or more hours,” said Kevin Lindley, Chatham County Environmental Quality Director. “This charger will be strategically placed where drivers who stop to charge their vehicle will have several restaurants, stores, and medical offices available to them within walking distance. Having fast chargers along major travel corridors reduces ‘range anxiety’ and allows ZEV owners to more easily travel longer distances.”

The charger will be available to the public 24 hours per day in a well-lit parking lot. It will have two dedicated parking spaces, and one vehicle will be able to charge at a time. The charger is internet connected, so ZEV owners will be able to download a phone app to check the station’s availability, monitor their car’s charging and to pay for a charge.

Chatham County has a Comprehensive Plan goal of becoming carbon negative, which means releasing less carbon into the atmosphere, e.g. through greenhouse gases like vehicle emissions, than can be absorbed by the environment. Based on data from two greenhouse gas inventories that were completed in 2010 and 2015, the largest greenhouse gas contributor in the county is vehicle emissions.

“One of the goals in the Comprehensive Plan is to encourage zero emission vehicles by creating a countywide network of ZEV charging stations, and the fast charging station in Siler City will bring Chatham County one step closer to achieving this goal,” added Lindley.

 

 
Wilmington Ministry Gets $500,000 Grant To Assist Human Trafficking Victims PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 August 2020 08:33
First Fruit Ministries based in Wilmington will receive $500,000 grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP). Attorney General William Barr and Ivanka Trump, special advisor to the president, awarded $35,104,338 in grant funding to provide safe, stable housing and appropriate services to victims of human trafficking.
 
“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, combating human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad is critical work. DOJ’s grant recipients are on the frontlines of this fight, ensuring that survivors across our country are afforded safe and stable housing and empowered with the support and resources they need to rebuild their lives. I am incredibly honored to join Attorney General Barr to highlight these organizations and their tireless and vital work” said Ivanka Trump, Special Advisor to the President. 
 
The grants will go to 73 organizations across the United States to provide six to twenty-four months of transitional or short-term housing assistance for trafficking victims, including rental, utilities or related expenses, such as security deposits and relocation costs. The grants will also provide funding for support needed to help victims locate permanent housing, secure employment and receive occupational training and counseling.
 
“Human trafficking is a barbaric criminal enterprise that subjects its victims to unspeakable cruelty and deprives them of the most basic of human needs, none more essential than a safe place to live,” said Attorney General Barr.  “Throughout this Administration, the Department of Justice has fought aggressively to bring human traffickers to justice and to deliver critical aid to trafficking survivors.  These new resources, announced today, expand on our efforts to offer those who have suffered the shelter and support they need to begin a new and better life.”
 
“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, combating human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad is critical work.  DOJ’s grant recipients are on the frontlines of this fight, ensuring that survivors across our country are afforded safe and stable housing and empowered with the support and resources they need to rebuild their lives,” said Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump.  “I am incredibly honored to join Attorney General Barr to highlight these organizations and their tireless and vital work.”
 
“Human traffickers dangle the threat of homelessness over those they have entrapped, playing a ruthless game of psychological manipulation that victims are never in a position to win,” said OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan.  “These grants will empower survivors on their path to independence and a life of self-sufficiency and hope.”
 
OVC works to enhance the nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and to provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies and practices in ways that will promote justice and healing for all victims.  OVC strives to uphold the intent of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its subsequent authorizations to ensure that all trafficking victims receive support in accessing the services they need.
 
OVC provides grant funding and training and technical assistance in an effort to develop, expand and strengthen programs for victims of human trafficking.  In 2018, OVC hosted listening sessions and roundtable discussions with stakeholders in the field and launched the Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center.  From July 2018 through June 2019, 118 OVC human trafficking grantees reported serving 8,375 total clients including confirmed trafficking victims and individuals showing strong indicators of trafficking victimization.
 
Human trafficking offenses are among the most difficult crimes to identify, and the scope of human trafficking victimization may be much greater than the limited data reflect.  A new report issued by the Department’s National Institute of Justice found that the number of human trafficking cases captured in police reports may represent only a fraction of all such cases.  Expanding housing and other services to trafficking victims remains a top Justice Department priority.
 
Henderson County Free Clinics Win Innovation Award PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 August 2020 12:46

Henderson County recently received a 2020 Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) Excellence in Innovation Award from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC). The award recognizes an innovative new program implemented earlier this year for behavioral health navigation for inmates at Henderson County Detention Center.

The program, developed in partnership with the Henderson County Department of Public Health, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, and local nonprofit The Free Clinics (TFC), was created to address substance abuse disorder within individuals in the county detention center and implement a plan for treatment during and after their release. An in-house Navigator/Advocate, staffed by TFC, works together with the Detention Center team to assess, evaluate, and engage inmates in their needs and create discharge plans for them upon release. The Free Clinics was chosen for this contract because it had extant programming and serves as the community's "Access Network" for health, behavioral health, and social services referrals.

“The Free Clinics is honored and proud to be part of this successful collaborative project to provide person-centered care for the inmates of our county detention center, seeking to meet them where they are, address their needs, and engage them in care,” said Executive Director Judith Long. “As a community, we can always do more together, and our teammates at the health department, sheriff’s office, detention center, and county government have demonstrated their deep commitment to working together to care for all our citizens. And our Advocate, Tina LaFoy, is a tremendous blessing to us all.”

County Board of Commissioners Chairman Grady Hawkins noted that “This program was the result of months of work spent by members of a county task force identifying possible ways to address substance abuse in Henderson County. The success this collaborative program has demonstrated is a testament to the dedication of our community in battling the opioid crisis.”

 

 
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