Kentucky River District Substance Use Disorder Consortium to hold meeting January 22 in Whitesburg


18th January, 2018



Joshua Ball




Kentucky River District Substance Use Disorder Consortium to hold meeting January 22 in Whitesburg

WHITEBSURG Ky. – The Kentucky River District Substance Use Disorder Consortium will hold a meeting at 4 p.m., Monday, January 22 on the Whitesburg campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.  The event is free and open to the public.

The consortium consists of organizations and individuals that are dedicated and committed to collaborate and work across sectors to reduce the devastating impact that substance use disorder is having on communities. Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc. (SOAR), Mountain Comprehensive Healthcare Corporation (MCHC), Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH), Addiction Recovery Care (ARC), Kentucky River District Health Department, the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), Operation UNITE, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Human Services, WellCare, local law enforcement and emergency responders, and community members are identifying and acting on innovative solutions that support prevention, preservation of life, management of substance use disorder, entry into recovery and community based support programs

The group has been convening monthly under the director of Dr. Van Breeding, primary care physician at MCHC, since SOAR’s Substance Use Disorder Provider Education event that was held in October 2017. Monthly meetings are being planned and dates for 2018 will be shared at the meeting on January 22.  

“Meetings and consortiums such as this demonstrate the collaboration taking place to tackle deeply entrenched problems that are real issues in communities across Appalachia Kentucky,” said Jared Arnett, executive director of SOAR. “The work that being done here is an example of the Collective Impact model we have adopted at SOAR.”

Collective Impact is a framework to tackle deeply entrenched and complex social problems. It is an innovative and structured approach to making collaboration work across government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organizations and citizens to achieve significant and lasting social change.

Arnett plans to discuss Collective Impact methodologies and its place within the Consortium with attendees.  Other items to be discussed are:

  • Training physicians and other health care professionals to be able to comprehensively treat patients with addiction – including seamless and timely placement into treatment
  • Distributing life-saving overdose reversal medication for use by first responders
  • Distributing medication disposal kits to safely dispose of unused/unneeded medication
  • Expanding hospital services to include on-site detox
  • Educating the community about the dangers of drug use and ways to seek assistance
  • Seeking to expand recovery-based support services and groups across the region
  • Working to develop innovative approaches to providing the vital care and services needed to treat every facet of addiction

For more information, contact Megan Williams, public health advisor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at (606) 766-1160 or email