The Kittitas County Health Network recently was awarded a $1,000,000 federal grant to address treatment, prevention and recovery for Opioid Use and Substance Use Disorders within Kittitas County.

According to a news release, most of the grant funds will go to partner organizations for providing programs and services identified in the opioid response plan.

The plan was developed by an Opioid Response Workgroup, a community collaborative from various sectors. Over the next three years, KCHN and eight other local organizations will use the grant money to implement the response plan. The release states that the interdisciplinary workgroup is one example of how the Kittitas County Health Network works to collaboratively address health issues in the community by breaking down silos and establishing systems of care.

“This funding is essential to keeping this network of local health system partners connected and continuing to build a coordinated system of whole person care in Kittitas County,” Chief Medical Officer of Kittitas Valley Healthcare and current President of the KCHN Board of Directors Dr. Kevin Martin said in the release.

The grant funding was part of the larger Health Resources and Services Administration Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Planning Grant, which awarded $80,000,000 to 80 grantees. Two other organizations in Washington received the grant, Family Health Centers in Okanogan and Grays Harbor County Public Hospital District 1 in Elma.

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