Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition announces grants

Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition announces grants

CENTRAL FALLS – The Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition held a press conference at Central Falls City Hall on Oct. 30 to announce six local organizations that were awarded Opioid Solutions Grants.

Local organizations that were selected to receive funding are:

• LISC RI of Pawtucket, partnering with RI Cares will develop a Parent Café to be conducted at the Pawtucket YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket. The focus of the program will be to engage parents and families to understand the opioid epidemic, recognize the signs of opioid misuse and to develop strategies to engage their children in conversation.

• The Central Falls Office on Health will work to increase the perception of risk and harm associated with opioids in the city of Central Falls by developing a comprehensive listing of sites and culturally sensitive messaging.

• Also, to provide additional means of support to individuals and families in the Blackstone Valley region, limited resources for wellness and recovery support activities will be made available to individuals who have overdosed, are in recovery, or are family members of either. These supports may include memberships to the YMCA or Boys and Girls Clubs, resources for support groups and other community programs. Applications are available through funded grantees, as well as the BVPC.

For more information, call the BVPC at 401-301-2894.