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Project Name:  JUDAHH Project’s Youth Opioid Program

Project Description: JUDAHH Project’s Youth Opioid Program was created in response to the many deaths that occurred from opioid abuse in the African American youth population in South Sacramento.  We offer educational information through outreach activities and social media campaigns.  JUDAHH, in collaboration with behavioral health professionals utilizes strategies to identify how to reduce stigma and break down barriers to youth seeking support.

Primary contact:

Name: Valerie Andrews
Phone number: (916) 389-0152,
Email address: thejudahhproject@gmail.com

Somali Family Services

Project Name: Somali Familly Services – Leaders In Our Neighborhood Refugee Opioid Awareness and Restoration (LION ROAR) Program

Project Description: Somali Family Service of San Diego’s Leaders In Our Neighborhood Refugee Opioid Awareness and Restoration (LION ROAR) Program empowers refugee and immigrant youth representing a diversity of refugee and immigrant communities including Somali, Swahili and Middle Eastern communities. As ROAR Advisory Group members and Peer Supporters, youth engage in leadership training and learn how to address substance use disorders and addiction in a culturally-appropriate manner including how to combat cultural stigmas which often create barriers to prevention and treatment. Youth participate in educational workshops and webinars, support group sessions, presentations and trainings designed to bolster awareness of how to become civically engaged to promote community health and wellness.

Primary Contact:

Name: Mustafa Sahid
Position: Director of Operations
Email: msahid@sfssd.org
Phone: (619) 265-5821 ext. 208

Agency website: www.somalifamilyservice.org

Fort Bragg Police Department, Care Response Unit

Project Name: Project Right Now (Pro re Nata)

Description: Project Right Now (PRN) is a new and innovative approach to addressing substance abuse disorders (SUD) among youth. Based on the highly successful Care Response Unit out of the Fort Bragg Police Department, PRN will not only connect youth with services but will work to make a lifelong impact on clients through true wraparound services.

When a youth with SUD is referred to PRN they are first triaged by a liaison who ensures the youth and their family are connected to all available resources. They are then assigned a Success Coach who meets with them in their homes, at school, and when the youth needs it, not just during business hours.

For those youth with SUD who have become ingrained in the criminal justice system, PRN will work directly with courts, prosecutors, and probation to assist with transitioning youth out of the criminal justice system, and into treatment.

Primary Contact:

Name: Thomas O’Neal
Position: Police Captain
Phone: 707-961-2800 ext. 120
Email: toneal@fortbragg.com

Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance

Project Name: Pride Youth Resiliency Project

Project Description: The Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance (RPYA) MAT Expansion Project will provide wraparound services to decrease the use of Opioids and other stimulants among transgender and gender diverse youth (TGNB), non-binary, (cisgender youth -children/adolescents whose gender identity and/or expression differs from their sex assigned at birth), and LGB youth of color, ages 12-24 in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

The mission of Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance is to provide a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) youth of the Inland Empire. We provide a safe space for young people to meet, make friends and participate in various weekly events and activities. We also offer support and resources for gender affirmation and community building. We are dedicated to facilitating activities and programs that enrich the lives of LGBTQ+ folks and promote creativity, health, and wellness for the positive mental health of our queer youth.

Primary Contact:

Name: Rev. Benita Ramsey
Email: benita@unityhope.org

Native Health in Native Hands

Partner Agencies: Round Valley Indian Health Center (Round Valley Indian Tribes)

Project Name: Native Health in Native Hands

Project Description: The Native Health in Native Hands Project  connects and 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 through youth and elder connection and mentorship. The connection we make between participants, 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 Round Valley Indian Tribal youth and families at risk with OUD and provide outpatient services for the Round Valley Indian Health Center.

Primary Contacts:

Name: Perry Lincoln
Position: Founder and Project Director
Email: nativehealthinnativehands@gmail.com
Phone: (530) 382-5840

Name: Brian Dykstra
Position: Project Assistant
Email: nativehealthinnativehands@gmail.com
Phone: (616) 558-0404

Website: www.nativehealthinnativehands.org

Kern County Behavioral and Recovery Services

Project Name: Kern County Youth Treatment Access Expansion

Project Description: Through strengthened partnership Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (KernBHRS) will develop outreach strategies specific to youth that are in need of substance use disorder treatment services.  Increased outreach will promote enrollment in SUD treatment programs for youth (12-17) and young adults (18-24), prepare treatment providers to better serve adolescents and young adults that have an opioid use disorder, and increase access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). These goals will be reached by engaging youth serving community partners to formulate strategies for providing addiction and recovery education, overdose prevention approaches, and resources for accessing SUD treatment locally. Additionally, work will be done throughout the community to provide support in stigma reduction and ease stigma related barriers to youth and young adult access of MAT services.

Primary Contact:

Name: Liz Bailey
Position: Behavioral Health Recovery Systems Administrator
Phone: 661-868-7852
Email: EBailey@KernBHRS.org

Website: https://www.kernbhrs.org/