TORC Receives $2 Million Grant to Continue to Combat Substance Use Disorder and Behavioral Health Care Services in the Thumb

The Thumb Opioid Response Consortium (TORC) is one of only two programs in Michigan to be awarded funding for The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Behavioral Health Care Support (RCORP-BHS) grant. Each recipient will be receiving $2,000,000 over a four-year period. The RCORP-BHS grant will advance RCORP’s overall goal by improving access to and quality of SUD and other behavioral health care services in rural communities focusing on improving rural behavioral health care service delivery including increasing access to and utilization of prevention, treatment, and recovery services to improve the care for those affected by behavioral health conditions, which may include substance use and mental health disorders.

The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) is a multi-year initiative by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD) in high-risk rural communities. This grant has expanded our service area to include the entire population of Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, and Tuscola Counties.

“The Thumb Opioid Response Consortium is excited to continue and enhance its efforts throughout the thumb region with this new grant opportunity. As fiduciary Sanilac County Health Department is please to fill a supportive role in assuring its continued success in our community”, stated Bryant Wilke, Health Officer, Sanilac County.

Various organizations are continuing to work collaboratively to analyze current efforts, research best practices, and created another strategic plan to target new populations including elderly, Veterans, inmates, effected children, and disabled. They include: Deckerville Community Hospital, Great Lakes Bay Health Center, Hills & Dales General Hospital, Huron Behavioral Health, Huron County Health Department, Huron Intermediate School District, Lapeer Community Mental Health, Lapeer County Health Department, List Psychological Services, Marlette Regional Hospital, McLaren Caro Region Hospital, Sanilac Community Mental Health, Sanilac County Health Department, Tuscola Intermediate School District, and Tuscola Behavioral Health Systems along with two new partners the United Community Addiction Network and the National Drug Endangered Children Alliance along with other regional supporters.

“TORC has made large strides in the past two years on the barriers that were identified throughout the planning process. This new grant will allow us to expand our efforts to new target populations including individuals who are homeless, those who reside in domestic violence shelters, and other at-risk populations. I am overjoyed with the outcomes this grant will have on the Thumb region.”, stated Shauna Booms, Sanilac County Prevention Service Director/TORC Project Director.

“With the addition of two new partners, we will not only be able to collaborate with their regional resources, but their state and national resources as well. This brings a vast array of new strategies, knowledge, education, and networking to our area. Knowing we are going to be continuing and expanding our efforts to combat opioids with the addition of behavioral health conditions where we live, work, and raise our families is incredible.”, stated Cheryl Hieber, Deckerville Community Hospital Marketing Director/TORC Outreach Specialist.

Thumb Opioid Response Consortium will continue to work toward a community where all individuals affected by substance use disorders, opioid use disorders, and behavioral health conditions have the support needed through access to services, advocacy, and education.

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