Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism Now Accepting Concept Papers for Grants That Help Prevent Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse

The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism is now accepting concept papers for 2017 AmeriCorps State-Targeted Priority program grants in Maryland. These grants will fund service activities that address critical community needs, namely the need to prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse and strengthen law enforcement and community relations.

In order to understand statewide needs and identify prospective applicants for this grant opportunity, the Office on Service and Volunteerism is partnering with Governor Larry Hogan’s Opioid Operational Command Center, the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

“Marylanders from every corner of the state know the devastation that heroin and opioid abuse can cause,” said Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford. “That’s why it’s so important that groups already dedicated to community service become a part of our statewide fight to end this epidemic.”

Through additional funds provided by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism has hired a special initiatives coordinator to assist in this grant process. Working with the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the coordinator’s goal is to ensure that Maryland is equipped to effectively address the opioid epidemic.

The grants come on the heels of Governor Hogan’s announcement of the administration’s 2017 Heroin and Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement Initiative, a multi-pronged and sweeping administrative and legislative effort to continue addressing Maryland’s ongoing opioid and heroin epidemic.

The first step in the application process for a 2017 AmeriCorps State-Targeted Priority program grant is to submit a concept paper, due by 10 a.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017. Concept papers will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 24. At that time, accepted applicants will be invited to complete a full grant application, due in April. The funding year will run from August 15, 2017, to August 14, 2018. To submit a concept paper or for more information, visit gosv.maryland.gov/available- funding/.

About the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism
The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism is a unit of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. Through the use of federal dollars, the office funds AmeriCorps State programs to support community service efforts in Maryland. Each year, the office recognizes more than 200,000 Maryland volunteers on behalf of the governor.

Mariah’s Mission Fund January Schedule

Mariah’s Mission Fund has the following support groups available, without charge, to individuals and families suffering from the effects of substance use disorder. Additional resources and information at Mariahsmissionfund.org.

Mariah’s Mission Fund is a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a public 501(c)(3) charity.

January 11th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Together: Positive Approaches, Easton
• Talbot Partnership, 8 Goldsborough St., Easton (Bank of America building)
• Peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. No charge for attendance.
• Techniques of positive reinforcement to promote recovery of the individual stressed.

January 11th from 6-7:30 p.m. Together: Silent No More. Easton
• A grief support group for those who have lost a loved one due to substance use disorder and addiction; no charge to participate.
• Sponsored by Talbot Hospice with generous support from Mariah’s Mission Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.
• Monthly meetings at Talbot Hospice, 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton, MD.
• Please contact Shelly Kulp, Bereavement Coordinator for Talbot Hospice at 410-822-6681 or email her at skulp@talbothospice.org

January 16th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Together: Silent No More, Pasadena
• Support group for those grieving a loss due to substance use disorder.
• Chesapeake Life Center, 90 Ritchie Highway Pasadena, MD. To register, call 888-501-7077.

Mariah’s Mission Planning Committee: making a positive impact against substance use disorder. New members welcome. Contact us at: mariahsmission2014@gmail.com

Talbot Partnership Sponsors Holiday Breakfast

On December 7, over 65 people representing a wide range of concerned citizens, community organizations, public agencies, and government attended Talbot Partnership’s annual holiday breakfast at Integrace Bayleigh Chase in Easton. Jayne Fitzgerald, Executive Director, stressed the importance of destigmatizing those suffering from Substance Use Disorder diseases and the importance of continued community commitment to drug awareness. Each guest was also given the opportunity to share their role in the community.

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Front row L to R: Addie Eckardt, Jayne Fitzgerald, Dr. Fredia Wadley, Ann Roach, and Johnny Mautz. Back row L to R: Carl Pergler, Sandy Brown, Dave Short, Dave Stofa, Ted Book, and Joe Gamble. Missing Board Members: Ivy Sherwood, Aric Rosenbach, Chris Callas, Jody Gunn, and Dee Skinner.

Through drug education, awareness, and advocacy, Talbot Partnership, which was founded in 1991, encourages the community to recognize that substance use disorders are chronic diseases of the brain and not character flaws. For further information about how you can become involved, call 410-819-8067 or visit www.talbotpartnership.org.

Recovery: Lethal Marketing and The Royal Court of OxyContin

Again, we keep coming across the message that consumers are merely profit streams in the pharmaceutical world, even if it means endangering and even killing through easier access to opioids.

Unsealed internal documents reveal Abbott Laboratories inappropriate marketing campaign to sell OxyContin. This is only one example of cynical business practices trumping concern for the health of the nation.

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Health Spending for Opioid Treatment Increases 1,375 Percent Since 2011

A recent article in Kaiser Health News observes that health spending related to opioid treatment has risen 1,375 percent from 2011 to 2015, underscoring the dramatic increase of opioid abuse and addiction.

Read the study here:

Study: Health Spending Related To Opioid Treatment Rose More Than 1,300 Percent

Lethal Counterfeit Drugs Hitting US Streets

“Street Lethal” is a term I’m coining for the plethora of counterfeit drugs laced with fentanyl—drug that can be 1000 times more potent than heroin,—currently hitting American streets.

As Salon reports, we are still behind the curve of getting the word out and it should concern all of us.

Read here.

Christ Church-Easton to Host Recovery Celebration on September 17

To celebrate September as National Recovery Month, Recovery for Shore is planning a free community event, Saturday, September 17, 2016, 5-8 p.m. at Christ Church–Easton, 111 South Harrison Street in Easton.

“Recovery Happens – A Message of Hope” will begin with the “Alive at Five” worship service in the church at 5 p.m. To highlight the reality of successful, long-term recovery now enjoyed by 23 million of Americans, Recovery for Shore member Bruce Strazza, who formerly was a drug user and dealer, will offer his testimony during the hour-long service. (A preview of Strazza’s testimony may be viewed on Christ Church–Easton’s Youtube channel, here. 

Following the service, there will be a free, picnic-style barbecue supper and live music (on the lawn or in the church hall, depending on the weather). Recovery for Shore members will be on hand with information about community resources for prevention, treatment, advocacy, support groups and much more.

Says Sharon Dundon, coordinator for Recovery for Shore, “We welcome those in recovery and their family and friends, and also those still struggling with addiction and/or mental illness for themselves or within their families. We had a great turnout for our Walk of Hope for Recovery last April and at our Recovery Dinner two years ago, and we’d love to see 200 people come out for this celebration.”

In addition to Recovery for Shore and Christ Church–Easton, “Recovery Happens – A Message of Hope” event sponsors to date include Chesapeake Treatment Services, Earth Data, Inc., Mariah’s Mission Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence/Maryland (NCADD), Queen Anne’s County Health Department, Shore Behavioral Health and Warwick Manor.

Recovery for Shore members at a recent planning meeting for the "Recovery Happens - A Message of Hope" celebration. Front row: Jana Leslie, Christ-Church Easton; Sharon Dundon, Shore Behavioral Health; Valerie Albee, Mariah’s Mission Fund; and Tierra Molock, Talbot County Health Department. Back row: Jim Dissette, Spy Publications Recovery Portal; Keith Richards, Warwick Manor Behavioral Health; Bruce Strazza, Christ Church-Easton; Jay Frost, Talbot County Addictions; Lynne Ewing, Talbot Partnership; and Lisa Flynn, Shore Behavioral Health.

Recovery for Shore members at a recent planning meeting for the “Recovery Happens – A Message of Hope” celebration. Front row: Jana Leslie, Christ-Church Easton; Sharon Dundon, Shore Behavioral Health; Valerie Albee, Mariah’s Mission Fund; and Tierra Molock, Talbot County Health Department. Back row: Jim Dissette, Spy Publications Recovery Portal; Keith Richards, Warwick Manor Behavioral Health; Bruce Strazza, Christ Church-Easton; Jay Frost, Talbot County Addictions; Lynne Ewing, Talbot Partnership; and Lisa Flynn, Shore Behavioral Health.

For more information or to volunteer assistance with the event, visit http://www.christchurcheaston.org/ or Recovery for Shore on Facebook.

Don’t Forget: International Overdose Awareness Day August 31

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Recovery: “Generation Found” Film in Salisbury September 21

The National Council on Alcoholism; Drug Dependence-Maryland is sponsoring “Generation Found” at Regal Theater in Salisbury, 7:30 pm, September 21, 2016 with a reception prior to the movie screening. Afterwards, filmmaker Greg Williams leads a panel discussion addressing Recovery High Schools, Collegiate Recovery Centers, and the Recovery Youth Movement.

To reserve seats for this significant Easter Shore event, go to http://gathr.us/screening/16986

Walk of Hope in Downtown Easton Celebrates Recovery

On a cool and cloudy Saturday evening at Easton’s Idlewild Park, approximately 230 people of all ages and walks of life turned out for the Walk of Hope sponsored by Recovery for Shore and Mariah’s Mission Fund. Walkers who came out for the April 30 event included many individuals proud to be in recovery (many accompanied by family and friends), alcohol and drug addiction treatment providers, recovery advocates, community members, and families remembering loved ones lost to addiction and mental illness.

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“We want everyone in our communities to know that people with these medical conditions are not alone in their problem or in their treatment,” says Sharon Dundon, substance use disorders specialist for Shore Behavioral Health and one of the organizers of the ad hoc group, Recovery for Shore. “Those of us involved with Recovery for Shore and Mariah’s Mission Fund worked hard to get the word out about the Walk of Hope and we are just thrilled at the large number of supporters who turned out to be part of it. There was so much warmth and excitement and enthusiasm in the crowd – you’d never know it was a gray, damp evening!”

Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 7.14.20 AMDeparting from the Idlewild Park Pavilion at dusk with police cruisers as safety escorts, participants carried banners and signs as they walked up Harrison Street and crossed over to Washington Street just north of the hospital. They paused in front of the Talbot County Courthouse before turning on to Goldsborough and then trekking back down Harrison Street to the Park. The event concluded at the Park’s Children’s Garden, with a gathering that included a moment of silence, prayers and remarks by a few Walk of Hope organizers. Dozens of votives were arranged around the garden to commemorate those who lost their lives to the disease of addiction and to illuminate the hope of recovery for those still struggling against it.

“We all walked for our loved ones affected by substance abuse, recovered or not, with us or not with us, knowing that bringing awareness to this issue is the only way to reach those who are lost or suffering in silence,” says Valerie Albee, founder of Mariah’s Mission Fund. “We want the community to know there is hope in recovery and it’s happening on the Shore.”

Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 7.14.56 AMAmong a number of initiatives to support recovery, Mariah’s Mission Fund has established support groups: Together: Positive Approaches, a peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, which meets in St. Michaels; and Together- Silent No More, a grief support group for those who have lost a loved one due to substance use disorder and addiction, which meets in Easton (in cooperation with Talbot Hospice Foundation) and in Pasadena (in cooperation with Chesapeake Life Center).

Says Dundon, “People suffering from substance use disorders need treatment and support, so our purpose was to create awareness that yes, recovery happens for millions of people every day. We want to to encourage others to seek help if needed and not be ashamed of a very real illness.”

Recovery for Shore meets monthly at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, and the group is now planning projects to celebrate September as National Recovery Month. Community members are welcome to offer suggestions and become involved. For more information, please email recoveryforshore@gmail.com