Quinebaug Valley Community College has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative (CHCI); funded by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), with the support of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). The overall purpose of the grant is to create an opioid education and awareness program.
With this grant, QVCC has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students, their families and the community. The idea to purse a grant developed from a small group of staff whom came together to discuss how to provide Narcan training to students at the College. From this idea and with research, the CHCI grant surfaced and the task force generated ideas for an entire program. The award will support our mission to not only reduce opioid- related overdose deaths, but to also reduce stigma and provide resources through education, campus campaigns, training, and a panel presentation.
The current task force members are Satina Salce, Katie Gregory, Jenn Hyatt and Paul Martland.