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RCORP Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorders

The RCORP-Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorders work to reduce substance use disorder (SUD), and opioid use disorder (OUD), in rural communities.

How do Centers of Excellence work?

They work by identifying and sharing evidence-based programs and best practices that treat and prevent SUD in rural communities. They focus on the current opioid crisis and develop methods to address future SUD epidemics.

Additionally, you can contact the COEs for technical assistance on their areas of focus, regardless of where you are located.

Who are the Rural Centers of Excellence (RCOEs)?

There are three RCOEs and each has its own focus area.

Center on Rural Addiction (CORA), University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Focus Area

Treatment interventions for SUD, particularly OUD

Purpose

Support addiction treatment and prevention in rural communities in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Tasks

  • Identify current OUD treatment needs;
  • Address SUD epidemics and facilitate rural workforce development;
  • Assess and treat rural patients’ SUD and related needs; and
  • Expand OUD treatment capacity

Contact for Technical Assistance

Visit:
Center on Rural Addiction HRSA Exit Disclaimer

Email:
CORA@uvm.edu

Call:
802-881-1948

Collaboration between Fletcher Group, Inc. (Stockbridge, GA) and the University of Kentucky

Focus Area

Recovery housing programs for SUD, particularly OUD

Purpose

Facilitate evidence-based prevention, promote effective treatment and social recovery, and establish quality community-based recovery housing targeted to 101 rural counties in 8 states: Kentucky, Georgia, West Virginia, Ohio, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Tasks

  • Assist public health entities, practitioners, and leaders
  • Address SUD/OUD with evidence-based prevention, treatment, and risk reduction (focus on recovery housing)
  • Provide technical assistance recovery housing programs
  • Help establish treatment and recovery housing options for low-income and high-risk people, including those involved with the criminal justice system
  • Promote and evaluate recovery housing programs
  • The Fletcher Group uses Recovery KY – a peer-driven long-term recovery program. Each of the 18 facilities serve 100 or more residents for up to two years.

Contact for Technical Assistance

Visit:
Fletcher Group Rural Center of Excellence HRSA Exit Disclaimer

Email:
Michelle Day

Call:
606-657-4662

University of Rochester, NY

Focus Area

Synthetic opioid-related overdose mortality in the Appalachian region

Purpose

Address overdose mortality targeted to 20 high-need rural Appalachian counties in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Tasks

  • Identify best practices that reduce morbidity and mortality from synthetic opioid use
  • Work with state and clinical leaders in local communities to adapt best practices
  • Address high-priority needs related to the opioid crisis
  • Provide technical assistance, including administrative research and support and financial modeling

Contact for Technical Assistance

Visit:
Recovery Center of Excellence HRSA Exit Disclaimer

Email:
URMedicine_Recovery@urmc.rochester.edu

Call:
1-844-263-8762

    Date Last Reviewed:  October 2021


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    Email us if you have:

    • Questions about HRSA's efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in rural communities
    • Feedback about your experience with technical assistance or services provided by the Rural Centers of Excellence

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