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Pacific Southwest ROTA-Regional Center

The overall goal of Pacific Southwest Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center (ROTA-R) project is to assist rural communities in effectively addressing opioid and stimulant misuse by providing high quality/innovative training and technical assistance activities.

Activities focus on evidence-based practices/promising practices focused on prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery services related to opioid/stimulant use disorders tailored to rural communities by creating and implementing Pacific Southwest ROTA-R.

The Pacific Southwest ROTA-R serves the rural areas of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Jurisdictions. Pacific Southwest ROTA-R will collaborate with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cooperative Extension staff, State Opioid Recipients (SOR) and Tribal Opioid Recipients (TOR), HHS Region 9 Technology Transfer Centers, community/faith-based organizations, recovery community groups, consumers and family members and other stakeholders including racial and ethnic and/or LGBTQ+-specific organizations.

Trainings & Events

Part 2 will review the current literature on harm reduction, discuss factors that affect the suitability and effectiveness of different strategies, and show how to use motivational interviewing and the “SMART” acronym to help clients choose strategies to minimize potential risks.
Part 1 of this series will give an overview of the history of the opioid crisis in the US, discuss current drug trends, and give examples of strategies that communities have used to reduce fatal overdoses.

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