Grant to support Overdose Prevention Strategies project in four Northeast Missouri counties

Clarity Healthcare (a division of Preferred Family Healthcare) has received a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to improve access to overdose treatment in four northeast Missouri counties and two southwest Illinois counties.

The Overdose Prevention Strategies project (OPS) will provide community awareness and education, early prevention and links to community resources to reduce opioid use and related overdose deaths.

The Missouri counties of Pike, Marion, Monroe and Ralls along with Illinois counties of Adams and Pike; are considered rural counties with healthcare professional shortages. The OPS project will bridge this shortage by providing education and training on opioid use dependency and overdose to community entities and individuals; assisting with behavioral health treatment referrals and care coordination for those with substance use/opioid use disorders who experience overdose, and providing connections to wraparound community resources and wellness support for those impacted by overdose. The program began Sept. 30.

SAMHSA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. The SAMHSA grant, totaling $923,340, will fully fund all of the education, training, outreach and wraparound services provided by the OPS program. Over the five-year grant period, it is expected that 30 community organizations and 500 individuals will receive education related to opioid use and overdose, 375 healthcare professionals (including doctors and pharmacists) will receive training on prescribing and administering overdose reversal drugs, and 50 individuals experiencing overdose will receive care coordination and referrals for substance use treatment.

Clarity was founded on funding awarded from the US Department of Health and Human Services to Preferred Family Healthcare in September 2013. Preferred Family Healthcare continues to be a community-based non-profit healthcare organization offering a variety of services in areas including child welfare, mental and behavioral health, substance abuse treatment, support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and employment support with over 99 locations in four states.

Since 2013, Clarity Healthcare has become a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with two offices in Hannibal and three offices in Quincy, Ill. With a focus on whole-person care, Clarity is committed to providing quality healthcare for adults and children, with services that include integrated primary care, behavioral health, dental, substance abuse services, health education, community outreach, and case coordination. Clarity continues to expand their innovative programs and techniques with programs such as the Addiction Medicine Program (AMP), telemedicine and school-based health clinics.

For more information about the OPS program, please contact Christy Power at 573-603-1460. General information relating to Clarity Healthcare and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration can be accessed at the ​www.clarity-healthcare.org and www.samhsa.gov websites.