This project was supported by Project # IS-20522 awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). ARC is an economic development partnership agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 423 counties across the Appalachian region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, collaborate, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. The Investments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) Initiative, through which the award is funded, addresses the substance use disorder crisis across Appalachia by creating or expanding a recovery ecosystem that leads to workforce entry or re-entry. Successful projects support the posttreatment employment continuum, which could include investments in health care networks that support SUD recovery professionals, recovery-focused job training programs, and initiatives designed to coordinate, or link, recovery services and training that support the recovery ecosystem, among others.
Through the INSPIRE Initiative, the Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board (PTRWDB) and SCOSAR conducted a 12-month research-based needs assessment and planning process that addressed the National Academy of Medicine’s continuum of care for substance use response efforts (prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery). The needs assessment process included the collection of local survey and interview data and review of national, state, and local quantitative data that were used to better identify, prioritize, and connect evidence-based practices to interventions that are likely to positively affect the substance use epidemic in Surry County using the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and ROSC frameworks as a planning model. The INSPIRE planning grant addresses the seven priorities of the INSPIRE Initiative that relate to workforce re-entry and economic impacts.
Below are six major work products that are the results of this ARC Funded Project.