Worcester DPH Awarded $744,668 Grant to Help Kids Impacted by Opioid Crisis
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
From January 2014 to May 2018, the Worcester Police Department recorded 3,600 incidents involving a class A substance.
“Worcester, like many urban areas across the nation, has been hit especially hard by the opioid crisis. Not only have we lost lives, but our families and most importantly our children have suffered long-term health effects. This grant will serve as a complement to other ongoing City programs such as the Worcester Youth Violence Prevention Initiative by helping those who have experienced trauma associated with the opioid crisis,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr.
Child Services Program
WDPH will conduct the Trauma-Informed Response to Young Victims of Crime program to improve the services offered to children, youth and families impacted by the opioid crisis.
“This grant will help us to heal some of the trauma and pain the crisis has caused among children throughout Worcester. By offering wraparound services, we’re giving these kids a chance to grow, to recover, and ultimately, to thrive. I commend City Manager Augustus and Commissioner of Health & Human Services Dr. Castiel for all they have done to secure this critical funding,” said Congressman Jim McGovern.
This program will target children under 10 years of age from the City of Worcester.
It is a multidisciplinary partnership focusing on victim services, first responders, child welfare providers, public schools as well as health and social service providers.
The first six months of the grant involve a planning period with referrals for services projected to start in May of 2019.
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