UNITE Rural Health Opioid Program (RHOP)

The UNITE Rural Health Opioid Program (RHOP) began in January 2019 utilizing a Rural Health Opioid Grant provided by the federal Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). The goal of the three-year grant is to reduce morbidity and mortality related to opioid use disorders.

UNITE created a Kentucky River Opioid Outreach Consortium that brings together community partners to discuss needs in the seven-county service region – Knott, Lee, Letcher, Leslie, Owsley, Perry, and Wolfe counties – and how to address these needs.


For more information about the UNITE Rural Health Opioid Program, contact Program Director JoAnn Vanzant at 606-407-1360, or email to jvanzant@centertech.com.

Goals of RHOP include:

  • Provide 90-day residential treatment vouchers for those who are suffering from an opioid use disorder (OUD). To be eligible, a person must reside in one of the Kentucky River region counties for at least the past six months. (For those living outside this area, but within Operation UNITE’s 32-county service region, you may be eligible for the UNITE Treatment Voucher Program.)
  • Provide personalized case management for those in treatment to assist with resources during transition and aftercare, including transportation services.
  • Identify individuals at-risk of overdose and guide them toward recovery by providing outreach and education on locally available treatment options and support services.
  • Educate community members on opioid use disorder, treatment options, and methods for preparing and referring individuals with OUD to treatment.
  • Support individuals in recovery by establishing new or enhancing existing behavioral counseling and peer support activities.
  • Hold an annual provider education summit.

2019 Provider Education Summit

Operation UNITE’s Rural Health Opioid Program (RHOP) held its first Provider Education Summit, “Providing Hope to Our Communities,” on Thursday, September 26, at Hazard Community & Technical College.