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AmeriCorps 'Boots on Ground' Program Announced To Fight Opioid Epidemic

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SOUTHERN TIER, N.Y. -

Fifteen AmeriCorps workers will join the fight to end the opioid crisis in the Southern Tier.

"The troops are arriving," said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-123) who helped secure the $100,000 match in state money to qualify for the federal program. 

 The Rural Health Network of South Central New York won the grant and will oversee the initiative that partners AmeriCorps with 10 agencies and organizations, including Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network, Broome County Promise Zone and the Southern Tier Aids Program.

"This is going to save lives," said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar.

At-A-Glance:

  • 15 AmeriCorps Workers for one year
  • Workers will leverage 50 more volunteers
  • 12 counties
  • 20,000 hours in prevention, education, access to treatment
  • $153,816  = federal funding
  • $100,000 = NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
  • $40,000 in "in-kind" services

COUNTIES SERVED:

Primary:

  • Broome
  • Cortland
  • Delaware
  • Madison
  • Tioga

Secondary:

  • Cayuga
  • Chemung
  • Chenango
  • Onondaga
  • Otsego
  • Oswego
  • Tompkins

The Rural Health Network is recruiting full-and-part-time workers. Full-time workers receive a $12,630 living allowance, $5,815 toward education and child and healthcare assistance.

You can apply by visiting www.rhnscny.org.

The announcement comes three days after officials announced $385,000 in state funding to help four organizations the opioid crisis. In August, Broome County also said it would use Broome Development Center as a treatment facility.