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Granite Wellness Centers

YOR I Project Name: Granite Wellness Centers – Youth Resiliency Project (GWC-YRP)

Partner Agencies (Subcontractors): Coalition for Auburn Youth, Coalition for Nevada County Youth, Chapa De Indian Health, Sierra Care Pediatrics, Nevada County Health and Human Services, Placer County Health and Human Services, Placer Nevada Rx Safety Coalition, Idea Consulting, and more.

Project Description: The purpose of Granite Wellness Centers Youth Resiliency Project is to develop and deliver a coordinated continuum of care —prevention, treatment, and wellness services —specifically addressing OUDs for young people ages 12-24 and their families in rural Nevada and Placer Counties. Coordinating existing services, organizing partners, and implementing new services to address gaps, the continuum includes outreach, education, early intervention, outpatient treatment, MAT, residential treatment, family services, and wellness services to effectively address youth opioid use risk, use, and overdose risk. Strategies include development and dissemination of culturally informed OUD information through diverse channels. The community was engaged in a regional opioid summit and multiple programs to engage families. Education, early intervention services, screening, and referral services are delivered to schools. Opioid specific curriculum was integrated in outpatient treatment. Our long-term plan includes a goal to provide residential services to minors ages 16 and over and engage the region’s first pediatricians to become X-waivered. We are designing a youth-informed wellness clinic to provide behavioral and confidential health services for young people 13-24.

YOR II Project Name: Granite Wellness Centers – Youth Resiliency Project

Partner Agencies:

  • Bright Futures for Youth (BFFY)
  • Hip Hop Congress
  • Boys and Girls Club (BCG)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS)
  • Coalition for Auburn Youth (CALY)
  • Coalition for Nevada County Youth (CNCY)
  • Chapa De Indian Health/Dr. Alinea Stephens
  • The Foundry, Lincoln
  • Sierra Care Pediatrics/Dr. Mike Curtis & Dr. Pete Harris
  • Kononia
  • Nevada and Placer County Behavioral Health Departments
  • Nevada and Placer County Offices of Education
  • Nevada and Placer County Probation Departments
  • Placer Sheriff’s Activities League (PSAL), Lincoln Police Activities League (LPAL), Roseville Police Activities League (RPAL)
  • Unity Care
  • Western Sierra Medical Clinic (WSMC)
  • What’s Up Wellness
  • Youth Empowerment Support (YES!)

Project Description: In YOR II GWC-YRP continued to develop and deliver  a safe and welcoming continuum of care that specifically addresses opioid and stimulant use disorders (OUD/StUDs) for youth and their families. The GWC–YRP buildt upon the lessons learned from the YOR I project and is using the substance use disorder (SUD) continuum of care that was developed by GWC over the past 20+ years. The project continues to engage, screen, assess, treat, and promote wellness and recovery for adolescent and transitional aged youth ages 12-24.  The GWC-YRP utilized a three-tier model that offers effective and quality treatment using developmentally appropriate evidence-based assessments and practices supporting youth to identify goals and achieve positive outcomes. The GWC-YRP is striving to deliver and sustain strength-based services that support youth in both Nevada and Placer Counties.

Primary Contact:
Name: Ariel Lovett
Position: Co-Director
Agency: Granite Wellness Centers
Email:  alovett@granitewellness.org
Phone: 530-878-5166

Website: www.granitewellness.org

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Hope Rising Lake County

Project Name: Find Your Way

Partner Agencies:

  • Sunrise Special Services Foundation
  • Lake County Behavioral Health Services
  • Clearlake Youth Center
  • North Coast Opportunities
  • Partnership HealthPlan of California
  • Lake County Office of Education

Project Description: Hope Rising-SafeRx recognizes addiction as a disease and its mission is to reduce the harm the opioid crisis has had on Lake County, where the overdose rate is four times that of the California state average. SafeRx created The Find Your Way campaign through the first round of the Youth Opioid Response (YOR) grant. In YOR 2, SafeRx is building capacity and creating a Youth Advisory Board structure to inform local agencies and schools on gaps in outreach and connection to evidence-based treatment. It is of upmost importance that we address historical and intergenerational trauma and stigma with transitional aged youth and our partnering agencies. Through educational trainings, we wish to ensure that our organization and its partners have a foundation of equity and inclusion, before collaborating with a diverse group of transitional aged youth. Through outreach, social media, and the youth advisory board, SafeRx, along with behavioral health and education partners, are constructively discussing the pathways to success in reducing stigma and breaking down barriers to youth seeking support and evidence-based treatment.

Primary Contact:
Name: Justin Gaddy
Position: Project Director
Agency: Hope Rising Lake County
Email: justin@hoperisinglc.org
Phone: 310-745-4168

Website: www.hoperisinglc.orgwww.findyourwayca.com

Imperial County Behavioral Health Services

YOR I Project Name: ICBHS Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program – YOR California

Project Description: The YOR California grant project focused on improving and expanding access to OUD and other SUD services that include prevention, treatment, interventions, MAT, and recovery to youth ages 12-24 and their families. ICBHS enhanced outreach and engagement activities by conducting presentations and education in all areas of Imperial County. The YOR California grant supported strengthening partnerships between ICBHS and other community agencies such as law enforcement, mental health, physical health, social services, education, and the LGBT Resource Center.  Activities focused on decreasing the stigma associated with addiction and will increase the support from the community and family members. Outreach and engagement activities were tailored to address the needs of youth and their families. Presentations were delivered for key community members, leaders, and agency directors and management.  These presentations focused on enhancing knowledge on OUD and other SUDs, the elimination of stigma and discrimination, and the need for increased support for the treatment of those in need within our community.

YOR II Project Name: Imperial County Behavioral Health Services-YOR California

Project Description: The Youth Opioid Response (YOR) grant is assisting youth and young adults ages 12 to 24 with opioid use and/or stimulant use disorders (OUD/StUDs) by enhancing the availability of treatment services. ICBHS is ensuring substance use disorder (SUD) services are responsive to youth and young adults, considering their family values, beliefs, norms, socio-economic, and cultural context. ICBHS’ mission is to provide high quality SUD treatment and outreach services to address youth and young adults with SUD and co-occurring disorders by respecting their individuality and cultural diversity. ICBHS provides a non-judgmental environment, which promotes independence and community integration for individuals with the support of family, peers, and the community.

YOR III: Project Name: Imperial County Behavioral Health Services-YOR California

Project Description: ICBHS will utilize YOR California Round 3 grant funds to expand and strengthen outreach efforts to prevent overdoses, reduce emergency department visits, and diminish stigma associated with opioid and stimulant disorder among youth and young adults. Furthermore, ICBHS will focus on addressing the needs of individuals with risk factors that include school truancy, suspensions, involvement in the criminal justice system, experiencing co-occurring disorders, trauma or stigma, involved in the foster care system or aging out, undocumented, LGBTQIA2+ population, and experiencing family problems. Additionally, cultural issues, poverty, language barriers, and lack of education are also risk factors affecting Imperial County.  Services provided through the YOR California grant will promote the enhancement of collaborative relationships with community agencies and school districts that will enable prevention of overdoses and provide retention and successful treatment outcomes for individuals with SUD. These services will support youth and young adults with reintegrating back to the community for a sustained recovery.  

Primary Contacts:
Name: Ana E. Contreras
Position: Project Director
Agency: Imperial County Behavioral Health Services
Email: anacontreras@co.imperial.ca.us
Phone: 442-265-7265

Name: Victoria Mansfield         
Position: Deputy Director
Agency: ICBHS
Email: victoriamansfield@co.imperial.ca.us
Phone: 442-265-7909

Website: https://bhs.imperialcounty.org

Summary: Imperial County Project

Ink People Center for the Arts

Project Name: ‘The Plants that Nourish Us’

Lead Agency: ‘The Plants that Nourish Us,’ a DreamMaker Project of the Ink People Center for the Arts

Project Description: Our project empowers native youth with positive traditional culture experiences, traditional ecological knowledge, and outings to traditional homelands. Our community activities are designed to encourage resiliency, self-respect, knowledge, skills, and abilities. The connection we make between native youth, plant knowledge, and native languages provides culturally relevant, healthy alternatives, and relief from the pressures of stimulant, opioid, and other substance misuse. We revitalize youth participation in traditional activities, art, and science. Food sovereignty, health, self-worth, cultural appreciation, and expression all disrupt and counter the physical and mental health issues linked with substance misuse and addiction. We focus on youth of the Round Valley Indian Tribes.

Primary Contact:
Name: Perry Lincoln
Position: Founder
Agency: ‘The Plants that Nourish Us’ a DreamMaker Project of the Ink People Center for the Arts
Email: plantsthatnourishus@inkpeople.org
Phone: 530-382-5840

Website: www.inkpeople.org/dreammaker-data/plants-that-nourish-us

Urban Strategies Council

Project Name: Urban Strategies Council – “Youth On The Rise”

Project Description: The Urban Strategies Council implemented  a robust, engaging, and impactful youth-development and youth-led opioid disorder education and collaboration building initiative targeting African American youth (ages 12-24) in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano Counties. The target group of young people are from families and communities that are disproportionately impacted by opioid misuse and disorders. The program goal is to strengthen the capacity of young leaders to reduce opioid use among their peers. The Council is trained peer leaders (Council Fellows in Residence) to implement community outreach and education activities. The Council convened a network of service providers to strengthen and increase connections with underserved and at-risk youth.

Primary Contact: (public facing)
Name: Teri Carlyle
Position: Director of Operations
Agency: Urban Strategies Council
Email: teric@urbanstrategies.org
Phone: 707-235-5704

Website: www.urbanstrategies.org