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November, 2023

Update from the Project Director

Gail L Bullard, DHEd, MSA, RN

Dear Reader,

Welcome to this new version of the CMREN News! We hope you enjoy the new look and content, as we strive to provide you with pertinent and valuable information. Your feedback is greatly appreciated, so please share! Each month this section will include an update of the CMREN FSU - RHND HRSA work. This grant continues our prevention, treatment, and recovery work, with a targeted focus on four populations of those with SUD - the homeless, pregnant persons, veterans, and those recently released from incarceration.
We have expanded our network to include Montcalm County, as well as Newaygo, Mecosta, and Osceola Counties. The goal is to build a recovery ecosystem across the region, amplifying current services and filling identified gaps. To do this work we will use evidence-based practices, such as those found through HRSA-designated Centers of Excellence. Two such groups, Fletcher Group and the University of Rochester presented an overview of their programming and opportunities for CMREN. These information-rich conversations will inform our discussions as we finalize the strategic plan and work plan.

We are very excited about the value this can bring to our region and have embedded the video of this conversation below so that you might get a glimpse. In the near future, we will be reaching out to offer opportunities to join in the work through committees, community forums, and more.

Thank you for all you do to help those in need!


Regional Prevention Highlights

Newaygo County

Headway exists to make a positive change in the way Newaygo County views substance abuse.

Click on the link below to review more information about Headway.

Montcalm Highlight

Healthy Montcalm created a resource, with a QR Code, to connect people to Narcan locations, along with basic instructions on how to administer.  

Click on the link below to download the resources.

Mecosta-Osceola Highlight

Angels of Action - The HUB currently connects recently incarcerated to community resources. To learn here.

Rural Centers of Excellence Support

As the substance use disorder (SUD) crisis continues to take on new forms, the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) Rural Centers of Excellence continue to change with it. This fall, the three centers are transitioning to specific areas of focus. The University of Vermont Center on Rural Addiction (UVM CORA) on SUD treatment, the Fletcher Group on recovery, and UR Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence, on prevention. [UR Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence, October Newsletter, 2023] 

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University of Vermont Center on Rural Addition

The Fletcher Group

UR Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence

Four Sub-Population Resources

Veterans & Homelessness

Minnesota is on the verge of becoming the fourth state in the Union to bring a functional end to Veteran homelessness.  

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Recently Incarcerated

While the exact rates of inmates with substance use disorders (SUDs) is difficult to measure, some research shows that an estimated 65% percent of the United States prison population has an active more.


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Webinars and Conferences

Rethinking Homelessness, Health and Housing: A View from the Streets with Jim O’Connell, MD

Low-Barrier Shelter Models for People Who Use Drugs 

November 14, 1:00-2:30pm Eastern Time (10:00am-11:30pm PT)

This webinar will feature Camillus House (Miami, FL) and Beacon House (Philadelphia, PA) sharing information about their low-barrier shelter models for people who use drugs. Attendees will learn about different models for providing low-barrier shelter access for people who use drugs and will have the opportunity to hear from people about their own experiences staying in low-barrier shelter programs.


  • Kate Gleason-Bachman, MPH, BSN, RN, WCC (Moderator), Clinical and Quality Improvement Nurse Manager, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
  • Jenny Gomez, Director of Behavioral Health Services, Camillus House
  • Dale Tippett, Director of Homeless Services, Prevention Point Philadelphia
  • Lived Experience Experts

This webinar will be recorded, and ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided. Certificates of participation will be provided to those who complete a post-event evaluation, but no CEUs are included in this event.

Additional Webinar links


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Big Rapids, MI 49307

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