USDA Partners with California Communities to Support Opioid Treatment, Prevention and Recovery Services

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development California State Director Kim Dolbow Vann today announced that USDA is investing nearly $1.5 million through the Community Facilities programs in 19 projects throughout the state. The partnerships are in support of opioid treatment, prevention and recovery services. 

"The opioid epidemic affects health, quality of life and long-term rural prosperity in many of our rural California communities,” said Vann. “These investments directly impact communities served by first responders and organizations at the forefront of the fight against opioid misuse.”

Below are projects supported by this USDA Rural Development investment:

  • City of Crescent City (Del Norte County) – $64,460 to purchase 30 portable radios and 10 mobile radios.

  • Fortuna Fire Protection District (Humboldt County) – $13,390 to purchase 55 pagers.

  • Wild Souls Ranch (Humboldt County) – $30,800 to purchase equipment for the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Program.

  • Trinity County Life Support (Trinity County) – $84,600 to purchase an ambulance.

  • Eastern Plumas Health Care District (Plumas County) – $145,000 to purchase an ambulance.

  • The Boys and Girls Club of the North Valley (Butte County) – $10,147 to purchase equipment to launch and operate an opioid prevention program.

  • City of Sonora (Tuolumne County) –  $105,100 to purchase two police vehicles

  • City of Mendota (Fresno County) – $71,420 to purchase three police vehicles.

  • City of Woodlake (Tulare County) – $40,600 to purchase a vehicle to be used as a K-9 unit.

  • Imperial County – $44,000 to purchase two police vehicles.

  • Imperial County – $44,800 to purchase defibrillators, life support storage bags, and pharmaceutical dispensers for prescription medications to treat opioid-related incidents and overdoses.

  • Imperial Valley Telecommunication Authority (Imperial County) – $840,000 for eight projects that will establish a high-speed wireless broadband network by purchasing and installing eight Long-Term Evolution (LTE) antennas.

In total, USDA announced they are investing $10.7 million for 85 projects in 22 states to support opportunities for opioid prevention, treatment and recovery.

USDA has many resources that can be used to help communities address the opioid epidemic. Earlier this summer, the Department launched an interactive map with information about actions and resources to address the opioid epidemic through prevention, treatment and recovery opportunities. USDA also has developed a Rural Opioid Misuse webpage to help communities share information about best practices to address the crisis.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/ca and find us on Twitter @CaliforniaRD.

Last Modified: 09/10/2018