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HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response
Planning Program

Building a foundation for sustained opioid use prevention, treatment and recovery services.

AHI’s Health Resources and Services Administration Rural Communities Opioid Response Planning Program (HRSA RCORP) is
a consortium of partners undertaking planning and capacity-building goals and objectives to support treatment for and the prevention of substance use disorders in rural counties that are at the highest risk.

Why is this initiative important?

  • Alignment among clinical and community services helps ensure the opioid use disorder needs of individuals and providers are being met;
  • Strategic planning is needed for improved opioid use disorder services, expanded provider education, and strong provider and community relationships;
  • Focused and specific prevention plans can be standardized across the region to ensure best practices are utilized; and
  • Analytical data tools and gap analysis reports can be used to develop identify future objectives and sustainability plans.

Why Planning is Important

The planning process provides information needed to make effective, data-driven decisions about how to allocate resources in a way that will enable the consortium to reach its objectives. Consortium members represent a cross sector of diverse, local-expert stakeholders who will develop a regional, coordinated infrastructure and comprehensive plan. Engaging these members will reduce duplication of efforts in local communities and focus on unmet needs and gaps in service.

Why create a blueprint for action?

Using the information gathered by conducting a formalized needs assessment, the consortium will develop a strategic action plan or blueprint for action. In the proposed service, there is fragmentation and a need for increased coordination between behavioral health, substance abuse, and primary care settings. As a result, mental health and substance abuse conditions drive hospital admissions and emergency department use. Furthering the impact on treatment and recovery is the disproportionate shortage of health and behavioral health providers as identified by Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) health professional shortage area (HPSA) designations.


The consortium is comprised of providers across the spectrum of prevention, treatment and recovery. The group works to strengthen the organizational and infrastructure capacity of existing coalitions to address focus areas of needs and gaps in services in the community. 


• Conduct analyses to identify gaps in OUD prevention, treatment and recovery services, workforce and access to care;
• Develop a strategic plan to sustain the initiative beyond the one-year planning phase;
• Develop a regional blueprint for action;
• Support the development of a qualified and competent substance abuse disorders workforce; and
• Ensure the consortium is sustained beyond the one-year performance period.

Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan 

For more information…

Contact Nancy Gildersleeve at [email protected]

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