Wednesday, April 26, 2023 – The Sallisaw NOW Coalition announced that with the support of the City of Sallisaw, it has applied for a second round of funding from the First Responders-Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (FRCARA).
Community-based prevention is only as effective as the partnerships that share in the planning, implementation and evaluation of successful strategies at the grassroots level, in accordance with the Strategic Prevention Framework – the guiding principle in evidence based drug prevention. Sallisaw NOW Coalition brings a wide array of sector representation to the table, drawing coalition members from educational, government, law enforcement, medical, behavioral health, faith-based and other sectors all working together for the common goal of reducing substance misuse and abuse in our area.
“If we are funded for a second round, it will allow us to continue the training needed in our community and for our first responders,” said Amy Edwards, Director of Prevention Services at the Sallisaw NOW Coalition.
Perhaps the most important partnership is the one Sallisaw NOW maintains with its fiscal agent, the City of Sallisaw. Sallisaw NOW is unique in being associated with a municipality for fiscal agency, when compared to other non-profit prevention coalitions nationwide. The City of Sallisaw provides financial oversight, guidance and support to the Page 2 of 2 Coalition, lending credence to coalition operations locally and when applying for new avenues of funding as well.
“The Coalition benefits from partnering with the city,” said Kristi Allen, Lead Grant Evaluator, C.A.R.E. Consulting. “It opens up so many doors where prevention is concerned.”
Sallisaw’s FR-CARA (Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act) serves individuals at risk of opioid overdose of all ages in Sequoyah County. The goals of the project are to increase availability of opioid overdose reversal medications to first responders and community members. Secondary goals are to provide targeted training and resources for first responders and members of other key sectors on carrying and administering naloxone; to train and provide resources for first responders and community members of safety are fentanyl, carfentanil and other opioids to protect themselves from exposure; and establish processes from referral to appropriate treatment and recovery communities.
With this in mind, the Sallisaw NOW Coalition recently applied for another round of this crucial funding in order to continue to raise awareness and provide the necessary prevention resources such as Naloxone overdose reversal medications throughout Sequoyah County.
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