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Allegany College receives grant to help address Opioid crisis

October 1st, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) recently received the largest prevention and education grant awarded by the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) in 2020. The $298,749.35 grant award funds the college’s Tackling the Opioid Epidemic Phase 2: An Expansion of the Statewide Resilience Approach project. The project is aligned with the agency’s goal of bringing together state and local partners to support prevention, treatment, and enforcement efforts combating the heroin and opioid crisis in Maryland. 


Building on the skills and foundation developed as part of a prior Tackling the Opioid Epidemic grant funded by OOCC, the year-long grant allows for planned supervision and additional training of individuals participating in prior OOCC grant trainings. It enables the development and training of a 20-member leadership team to sustain the project after the grant’s expiration. Project leaders will also use grant funds to augment existing partnerships with local public-school systems and stage a statewide summit for community colleges interested in replicating the project.  


Led by ACM’s Community Resilience Collaborative, the Tackling the Opioid Epidemic Phase 2 project utilizes a stress and trauma-relief model developed by The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) to build a culture of resilience and a community-wide support system. Information is available by calling 301-784-5556 or emailing


Allegany College of Maryland continues to offer free eight-week mind-body skills groups online which are led by individuals trained in advanced mind-body medicine practices through CMBM. More information is available by calling 301-784-5526 or emailing  



The Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center facilitates collaboration between state and local public health, human services, education, and public safety entities to reduce the harmful impacts of opioid addiction on Maryland communities. It seeks to combat the heroin and opioid crisis in Maryland through education, prevention, treatment, interdiction, and recovery.