Project Title: Healthy Sebasticook Valley CARA Local Drug Crisis Grant
The HealthySV Coalition of Sebasticook Valley Health will use CARA LDC funding to reduce youth opioid use and misuse of prescription drugs use in Sebasticook Valley (SV) a rural central region in Maine. Project will increase community awareness and collaboration in relation to the increased use of opioid and prescription drugs in Sebasticook Valley youth.
HealthySV serves 14 towns with a combined population of 24,606 in Sebasticook Valley. The region is rural, and according to the US Census Bureau and Maine Department of Labor, SV is of a lower socio-economic status than many parts of the state, with 17.8% of the population living below the poverty level (ME 13.6%). Adults have increased likelihood to be adult tobacco users (Somerset = 26%; Maine = 22%), and they are less likely to quit (Somerset = 48%; Maine = 54%). Residents are more likely to be diagnosed with substance abuse problems (Somerset = 5.6%; Maine = 4.7%), and are more likely to be admitted to the hospital due to an acute drug-related mental disorder (Somerset rate 72 per 100,000; Maine rate 39 per 100,000). Residents are more likely to have an anxiety disorder. Hospital admissions for anxiety disorders are 88% for children age 0-17 - considerably higher than the state’s average of 56%.
HealthySV will use the strategies of Providing Information, Enhancing Skills, Providing Support, Increasing Access, Changing the Environment, Changing Consequences, and Policy Change to meet its project goals and objectives. HealthySV CARA LDC goals are to 1) Increase community awareness and collaboration in relation to the increased use of opioid and methamphetamines in Sebasticook Valley youth, and 2) To reduce opioid use and misuse of prescription drugs use in Sebasticook Valley youth. Measurable objectives as reflected in the 12-Month Action Plan are 1) By June 2019, increase the number of new & engaged community partnerships from 7 to 10 to expand knowledge of and access to underserved and crisis youth populations, 2) By June 2019, decrease the percent of high school students reporting prescription drug misuse from 10% to 8%, 3) By June 2019, decrease the percent of high school students reporting opioid use/misuse in the past 30 days from 3.8% to 2.5%.
HealthySV will coordinate with SAMHSA to incorporate evidence based programs, guidelines, trainings, and prevention tools for community members and youth. We will coordinate with Maine Drug Enforcement Administration in complying with safe disposal of prescription drugs, and policy initiatives. HealthySV will work with local public health agencies to decrease the opioid misuse of SV youth, and will collaborate with healthcare partners, professionals, and advocacy organizations to increase the education around harm, and decrease use and misuse.
The number of people to be served annually through this grant is estimated at 2,710 SV students and 16,574 community members (total 19,284) The number of people to be served throughout the lifetime of the project is estimated at 57,852.