Provider Education Summit

WYMT TV-56 news coverage by Lauren McCoart, 9-26-19
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.

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.
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.

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.