Broome County is starting a new pilot program to help keep people away from drugs.
County Executive Jason Garnar introduced the Opioid Prevention Pilot Project this morning at the Broome County Health Department.
The Care Compass Network awarded the Broome Opioid Abuse Council (BOAC) $15,000 to kick-start the program.
AmeriCorps members will partner with The Rural Health Network of South Central New York, UHS, Lourdes and other organizations to connect addicts with services and educate the public on the dangers of opioid use.
Rural Health Network Executive Director Jack Salo says people, especially on the outskirts, may not know what’s out there.
“They may not be aware that there are treatment options available. I think connecting at a very human level, one-on-one through community organizations and schools, it just makes that information more accessible to people who need it,” said Salo.
Four AmeriCorps program members will be enrolled for 6 months and will receive a Living Allowance Stipend for over $6,200 along with an educational award worth nearly $3,000.