State Opioid Resource (SOR) program
Chelsea French and Janet Conroy
The State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant provides funding to address the opioid crisis in West Virginia. The first goal is to increase statewide access to evidence-based prevention and early intervention services by 20%, to reduce or support the number of individuals who initiate substance use such as stimulants, opioids, or nicotine product. Region 6 is made up of the following 11 counties in Southern West Virginia: Mercer, McDowell, Monroe, Wyoming, Summers, Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas, Webster, Greenbrier, and Pocahontas.
Coalition Engagements Specialists work to engage the sectors in the community to prevent substance use. Those sectors include but are not limited to: Youth, Parents, Business, Media, School, Youth-Serving Organizations, Law Enforcement, Religious/ Fraternal organizations, Civic/Volunteer groups, Healthcare Professionals, State, Local or Tribal Governmental agency with expertise in the field of substance use, and other organizations involved in reducing substance use. They bring needed resources to each county coalition through training, curriculum, and community education products. One of our newest curriculums is the SecondStep curriculum. This provides units on Social-Emotional, Bullying and Child Protection geared to 4 to 8-year-old population.