To achieve the collaborative, multi-faceted approach so crucial to tackling the opioid crisis in North Carolina, the UNC School of Government has launched an intensive two-year collaborative learning model that provides direct support to ten North Carolina communities interested in enacting an integrated and innovative policy and practice response to their local opioid crises.

This project, which is coordinated by ncIMPACT, complements health and policy efforts at the state and local levels by working with communities that are ready to implement best practices. Local governments are the front lines of policy implementation. Using the team-oriented approach described, this project will build upon previous and ongoing efforts “to get arms around” the opioid crisis.

Each participating community receives funds for a project manager as well as implementation funds. After an open application process, the following ten community teams were selected:

  • Beaufort, Hyde, Martin, Tyrell, and Washington Counties, Office of the District Attorney and Chief District Court Judge in the N.C. Second Judicial District, and human services and law enforcement agencies from all five counties;
  • Cabarrus County, including the City of Concord and the City of Kannapolis;
  • Cumberland County and the City of Fayetteville;
  • Durham County;
  • Forsyth County, including the City of Winston-Salem and the Town of Kernersville;
  • Greene, Lenoir, and Wayne Counties, including the N.C. Eighth Judicial District;
  • Mecklenburg County;
  • Onslow County, including the City of Jacksonville;
  • Transylvania County; and
  • Wilkes County, including the Town of Wilkesboro.

This program is produced in partnership with the generosity of BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina. For more information about this partnership, click here.

Visit our project homepage for more details.

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