News & Updates

County Wins Federal Opioid Response Grant. DOJ funds to expand Rx and Heroin Suppression

Ventura County Opioid Abuse Suppression Taskforce (COAST)

The Ventura County Behavioral Health Department, in cooperation with the County’s Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Workgroup, announced today that the County of Ventura has been awarded a competitive grant under the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program; federal funding provided by the U.S. Department of Justice to combat opioid misuse. The Behavioral Health Department’s successful proposal for $935,401 was funded in full; falling just under the $1 million maximum and the largest award of two California county grants in this category. Dr. Loretta Denering, Division Chief for Alcohol and Drug Programs noted, “With this new funding, we will dramatically expand our ability to leverage information from multiple sources—our behavioral health,public health, emergency medical services, medical examiner and public safety data—to analyze trends and target efforts to reduce local impacts.” The award marks the first major funding dedicated to addressing local opioid issues and the plan enjoyed endorsements from many agencies. “This is truly about data-driven collaboration,” said Sheriff Geoff Dean, who was a strong supporter of the proposed approach, “We know that opioid abuse is really hitting home here in Ventura County, and it takes strong teamwork to reverse the trends we’ve seen over the last decade.”

> Read the Press Release

Rx Abuse & Heroin Workgroup presents at the Board of Supervisors

saving lives brochure 2On April 17, Ventura County Behavioral Health and members of the Ventura County Rx Abuse & Heroin Workgroup gave a presentation on the Workgroup’s efforts to address the opioid crisis. In 2012, VCBH invited other county agencies to join forces to better coordinate efforts to reduce drug abuse and growing problem of addiction. Since that time, membership has expanded to include both public and private efforts to address the epidemic, multiple training events, public awareness campaigns, conferences and client outreach efforts were launched, and county agencies have collaborated to improve the ability to effectively respond to a rapidly evolving drug crisis that is national in scope. Collaborators from VCBH, the Office of the Medical Examiner, and the Sheriff’s Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit gave updates and the new Ventura County Responds website was shared. 

> Opioid deaths leap in Ventura County, Ventura County Star, April 17, 2018

> View Ventura County Responds brochure



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