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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

This webinar will define farm, ranch, and agricultural stress, the factors that contribute to it, its consequences, how to recognize it, and what resources are available. There will also be a discussion about the characteristics inherent in many farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers that contribute to stigma and their willingness to seek help.
This 7-week online learning series will increase the skill level of behavioral health professionals working in rural areas to define and recognize trauma in individuals. Rural practitioners who are able to help participants manage their symptoms using a strength-based approach minimize the re-traumatization and provide supports that are trauma informed.

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