Resilient Engaged Active Community Health (REACH)
A Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional (ROTA-R) project
The REACH project will provide support and resources to rural communities and stakeholders in Region 3 (Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia) to address substance misuse disorder and mental health disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery.
The project is part of the Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional (ROTA-R) initiative supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Project Goals & Activities
This project will develop and implement a three-component technical assistance (TA) approach for rural communities targeting substance misuse and mental health disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery in HHS Region 3 (Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia) It involves a collaboration among the Extension systems of all 5 states in the region.
The TA components include:
- A set of 10 web-based modules, called Tier 1, which are focused on foundational skills and concepts in intervention and implementation science.
- A series of monthly live webinars focused on needs of vulnerable, under-represented and underserved populations, developed jointly by Extension experts in the 5 states.
- A widespread dissemination of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to individuals in rural communities, with the goal of reaching 100 stakeholders per state per year
In two years, across the three types of TA activities, we expect to reach at least 2,000 rural stakeholders across HHS Region 3.
- We will collect data on TA utilization patterns, stakeholder satisfaction with TA format and content, and ongoing needs and gaps. This data will be used to develop added resources and adapt existing ones using a continuous quality improvement framework.
- Penn State University will serve as the lead organization and will be responsible for developing most of the TA content, coordinating the project evaluation, financial administration of the grant, and management of the web-based Learning Management System that will house many of the TA materials and data collection tools.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Identify. Understand. Respond. Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. Visit mentalhealthfirstaid.org to learn more.
Mental Health First Aid for Adults Working with Youth.
Learn to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among youth ages 12-18 in this blended virtual course.
Prevention Academy: Tier One Modules
Events & Webinars
A series of 10 live webinars per year (20 total) focused on needs of vulnerable, under-represented and underserved populations, developed jointly by Extension experts in the 5 states in collaboration with the PTTC in our region.
View the first webinar, Understanding the Opioid Settlement Funding: What it Means for Community-Based Work.
Register for the second webinar to be held August 31, 2023 at 12PM. Social Media TestDrive delivers education in the digital age. This webinar will provide an overview of this valuable resource as it prepares young people for the online world through experiential learning in a simulated social media environment.
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