SAMHSA Opioid Crisis Combat

Up to $930 Million Available to Combat the Opioid Crisis

SAMHSA is accepting applications for $930 Million to combat the opioid crisis through State Opioid Response Grants (Short Title: SOR). The program aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths. The application due date is August 13, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (ET).

Up to $50 Million to Help Tribes Address Opioid Crisis

SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $50 million in Tribal Opioid Response Grants. The grants, which will go to tribes and tribal organizations, will fund prevention, treatment, and recovery activities in response to the opioid crisis. The grants will reduce unmet treatment needs and opioid overdose-related deaths. The application due date is August 20, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (ET).


Publication Update: A Guide for Medical Providers in the Emergency Department Taking Care of Suicide Attempt Survivors

SAMHSA has published an update to this brochure that offers emergency department providers tips for enhancing treatment for people who have attempted suicide. It also offers information about communicating with families, HIPAA, patient discharge, and resources for medical professionals, patients, and their families.

Appalachian Gas Working Group (AGWG) Coordinator
Reports to WV Rivers Coalition Program Director
The primary function of the AGWG Coordinator is to work closely with the WV Rivers Program Director and other AGWG Partners’ staff on the overall management of AGWG Strategic Plan and facilitate communication and coordination among the working group and across its teams.
The AGWG is a coordinated effort to end public harm from fracking and fracked oil and gas infrastructure. The AGWG supports healthy communities, property rights and a just transition to clean renewable energy.
Position Description:
This is an hourly contracted position designed for a period of 6 months dependent on funding availability. Compensation rate is $20/hour with an expected workload averaging approximately 40 hours/month. Candidate must reside in West Virginia and have phone/internet access. Required travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Associated Tasks Include:
1. Plan quarterly meetings to enable the AGWG to meet face-to-face; to update, coordinate and assess work on the short-term goals identified in the teams’ work plans.
2. Coordinate monthly teleconferences of the team leaders to continue the work between the face-to-face meetings.
3. Organize a skill-building workshop in the Spring of 2018 for emerging local groups to build their capacity for community organizing, coalition building, and working with the media.
To Apply for Position:
Review the full position description here:
Send resume and cover letter to by Oct. 20, 2017. Please include “Appalachian Gas Working Group Coordinator” in the subject line.


The WV Rural Health Association invites you to attend the 25th Annual WV Rural Health Conference

The WV Rural Health Association invites you to attend the 25th Annual WV Rural Health Conference. This conference, titled Silver Linings: Reflecting on Our Past; Transitioning to Our Future, will be held on October 11-13, 2017 at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, WV.


Please see attached conference brochure for details and registration information. Also attached is information about the 2017 Rural Health Awards.


For questions or more information, please contact WVRHA Executive Director Debrin Jenkins, MS, LSW, at 304-890-7017 or by emailing