MARYLAND OPIOID OPERATIONAL COMMAND CENTER FUNDS
ALLEGANY COLLEGE OF MARYLAND’S TACKLING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC PROJECT
CUMBERLAND, Md. (Sep. 5, 2019) – Allegany College of Maryland is honored to announce that the Maryland Opioid Operation Command Center (OOCC) has provided a prevention and education grant of $443,274 for its Tackling the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Resilience Approach project.
“The Hogan administration is pleased to support the efforts of community partners such as Allegany College of Maryland in our multi-pronged approach to addressing the opioid epidemic. The work that Allegany College of Maryland is doing is an example of the Prevention & Education element of our approach and represents the forward thinking that will help communities stay ahead of the opioid crisis,” said Steve Schuh, director of the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center.
The OOCC grant will support evidence-based therapeutic and educational services (educational events, workshops and mentorship opportunities) for more than 2,000 individuals in Allegany County and across the state through the ACM Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development. Working closely with local opioid prevention and treatment programs, the Tackling the Opioid Epidemic project utilizes a stress and trauma-relief model developed by The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) to build a culture of resilience and a community-wide support system.
The Tackling the Opioid Epidemic project will serve community members who have been directly and indirectly impacted by the opioid crisis. It includes those in active addiction, families of addicts and the recovery community; law enforcement, first responders and health care professionals; addictions counselors, prison staff, community health workers and parole/probation staff; pre-K-12 and postsecondary educators and guidance counselors; K-12 and postsecondary students; college faculty, staff and administrators; faith community members, spiritual leaders, community leaders and support group members; and physicians, dentists, pharmacists, psychiatrists, physical therapists and athletic trainers.
“In a county ravaged by the opioid epidemic, we’re grateful for Governor Hogan and Director Schuh’s support,” explained Cherie Snyder, Allegany College of Maryland professor, program director and lead project facilitator. “The project will teach simple but proven tactics that build personal resilience while reducing the stigma associated with addiction. It addresses the physiological and psychological root causes of addiction while introducing non-pharmacological approaches to address pain and chronic physical and mental illness.”
A Tackling the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Resilience Approach project kickoff will coincide with all-day workshop by Dr. James Gordon, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s founder and executive director, on Friday, October 4, 2019. Gordon will present on “The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma” through the college’s Continuing Education program. Registration is available at allegany.edu/mind-body-connection.
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine approach has been extensively used in the United States and countries shattered by war, natural disasters, poverty and/or violence. It teaches simple self-care tools within a small group model for health, healing and self-regulation. Peer-reviewed research has shown that CMBM’s model of mind-body medicine reduces PTSD by 80% and significantly enhances wellness among young people and traumatized populations.
For more information about Tackling the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Resilience Approach, call 301-784-5556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE MARYLAND OPIOID OPERATIONAL COMMAND CENTER
The Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center facilitates collaboration between state and local public health, human services, education, and public safety entities to reduce the harmful impacts of opioid addiction on Maryland communities. It seeks to combat the heroin and opioid crisis in Maryland through education, prevention, treatment, interdiction, and recovery.
ABOUT ALLEGANY COLLEGE OF MARYLAND
Ranked among the top 20 community and technical colleges in the country by the Brookings Institution, Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) offers world-class education in a caring environment that transforms lives, strengthens communities and celebrates life-long learning. Serving more than 3,000 credit and 7,000 continuing education and workforce students annually, ACM offers over 80 associate degree, certificate, and letters of recognition programs at affordable rates. To learn more, visit allegany.edu or call 301-784-5000.