Columbia University’s School of Social Work has been awarded $86 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, to support research intended to reduce opioid deaths across New York State. Columbia University will be partnering with 15 New York counties, including Yates County, that have been heavily affected by the opioid crisis.
Yates County will receive approximately $500,000 over the next four years to implement an evidenced-based Opioid Use Disorder treatment model. The project will be conducted in collaboration with the Yates County Department of Mental Hygiene, the county office responsible for addressing opioid use, and driven by robust community engagement and real-time learning rooted in data and systems science through a County-system Hub & Spoke Empowerment” (CHASE) model.
“These grant funds and the support from Columbia University will strengthen the work within the county to address the needs of those living with addiction and will further support the efforts to combat the opioid crisis,” says George Roets, Yates County Community Mental Health Services Director.
Roets explains the “hub & spoke” concept with the visual image of a wheel; with his office as the hub, and all the agencies that interact in drug cases, such as police, emergency responders, hospitals, and addiction treatment centers, as the spokes. It is the goal of this model to achieve a 40 percent reduction in opioid deaths.