Friday, March 1, 2024

LEADing Change on the Peninsula; Hampton & Peninsula Health Districts Launch Substance Use Disorder Program

HAMPTON ROADS — The Hampton & Peninsula Health Districts has launched a new substance use disorder and opioid response program called “LEADing Change on the Peninsula (Project LEAD).”

“This is a new initiative to address Substance Use Disorder by the Hampton & Peninsula Health Districts, in collaboration with over 45 community partners across the Peninsula,” said Tes La Dieu, Population Health Coordinator for Hampton & Peninsula Health Districts.

The goal of Project LEAD is to reduce opioid overdose deaths and address the growing issue of Substance Use Disorder and behavioral and mental health problems in the community.

“Although funding for this program specifically targets the Cities of Hampton and Newport News, many of our partner organizations offer services to residents of the Cities of Poquoson and Williamsburg, as well as the Counties of James City and York,” La Dieu said.

“Project LEAD is working to facilitate partnerships and elevate the critical work of our partners,” La Dieu continues, “Additionally, through the use of a specialized referral network, UniteUs, we are connecting individuals to end-to-end social services and streamlining their continuity of care.”

Individuals struggling with a substance use disorder can get connected to numerous social needs services through a secure referral system, UniteUs. Trainings on REVIVE! (Narcan dispensing), Trauma Informed Care and Health Equity in Response to Drug Overdose are being offered to professional providers.

Visit the Project LEAD webpage for more information.

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