A new Rural Community Toolbox (RCTB) to connect rural leaders with funding, data, and information to combat drug addiction in rural America was unveiled Wednesday, June 24, by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
ONDCP Director Jim Carroll joined Kellyanne Conway, Assistant to President and Senior Counselor, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), along with local officials, to launch the the web-based resource – ruralcommunitytoolbox.org.
Participating in the webinar to give an overview of the new Rural Community Toolbox resource and discuss the Trump Administration’s support for rural communities impacted by addiction were: Betty-Ann Bryce, Rural Health Liaison, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Gary Moore, Judge-Executive of Boone County, Kentucky, and First Vice President of the National Association of Counties; A.J. Louderback, Sheriff of Jackson County, Texas; Admiral Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Bette Brand, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
With resources from 16 different Federal departments and agencies, the Rural Community Toolbox is a one-stop shop for those seeking help in building strong healthy, and drug-free rural communities. In addition to funding and technical assistance, the RCTB includes current information resources on over 40 key topics related to addiction in rural America as well as Federal resources about treatment and recovery support for individuals who have been impacted by substance use disorders.