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CommuniCare Health Centers

County: Yolo

Project Years: YOR I Project (2018-2020)
YOR II Project (2020-2022)
YOR III Project (2022-2024)

YOR I Project Name: CommuniCare Health Centers (CCHC) – YOUTH OPIOID RESPONSE (YOR)

Project Description: CCHC expanded MAT treatment, opioid prevention and early intervention for youth and emerging adults ages 12-24 throughout Yolo County. At the time of the grant kick off,  there were no MAT treatment providers for youth in Yolo County. CommuniCare Health Centers (CCHC) is the primary outpatient mental health/substance use disorder (SUD) provider for youth and adults (including MAT) in the County. Services developed and implemented included a young adult SUD outpatient treatment group 2 days a week, educational groups provided in local schools for youth, educational groups for parents, and outreach via social media platforms.

YOR II Project Name: CommuniCare Health Centers (CCHC) – YOUTH OPIOID RESPONSE (YOR)

Project Description: YOR II expanded outreach to local schools and agencies to identify youth and young adults who are misusing opioids and/or stimulants. The project focused on specialty media projects, including billboard advertising and short videos/commercials that will support our efforts of bringing non-stigmatizing messages about recovery, Medication-Assisted Treatment, and substance use disorders to our community.

YOR III Project Name: CommuniCare Health Centers (CCHC) – YOUTH OPIOID RESPONSE (YOR)

Since participating in YOR I CommuniCare Health Centers (CCHC) has been integral to bringing Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) to youth seeking these services in Yolo County. While collaboration, awareness, and appreciation for efforts within the community around increasing access to MAT for youth and young adults has gained momentum, CCHC continues to see a need for consistent approaches to the needs of youth and their families struggling with opioid, stimulant and alcohol use disorders. Through the scope of this project, we will employ a full time Outreach and Engagement Specialist who will support young people in accessing necessary Substance Use and MAT Services, as well as partner with the community on initiatives for increasing awareness on referral pathways and services available to those most in need.

Primary Contact:

Name: Joey Gray, PSS
Position: SUD-Education & Outreach Coordinator
Agency: CommuniCare Health Centers
Email: josephg@communicarehc.org
Phone: 916-403-2970 Ext.2937
Cell: 530-759-3136

Website: http://www.yoloopioidcoalition.org/youth.html

Summary YOR I: CommuniCare Project