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Saving Lives, Improving Health

In June 2018, RIZE awarded $1.8 million in grants to four community-based programs as part of our inaugural grant program Saving Lives, Improving Health: Redesigning Opioid Use Disorder Care. This followed a design grant phase in which $300,000 was awarded to six programs. The Saving Lives grant program was created with the goal of establishing or expanding innovative systems of low-threshold, on-demand treatment to prevent death, support long-term treatment, and improve the health and quality of life for people experiencing opioid-use disorder. The four grantees were selected from a pool of more than 30 applicants and were chosen for their collaborative treatment models that facilitate coordination among medical, behavioral, and community organizations.

  • Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
  • Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
  • Community Healthlink in Worcester
  • Lynn Community Health Center

With the grants being disbursed over the next two years, the grantees focus on five key criteria:

  • Focusing on populations at greatest risk
  • Serving as the patients’ medical home while partnering with other community
  • organizations to coordinate care and access to treatment
  • Treating co-occurring medical and psychiatric disorders
  • Delivering immediate access to medications for addiction treatment
  • Involving those with lived experience in the planning, implementation, and feedback

As part of our commitment to embed learning and evaluation into program we fund, an additional grant to an evaluator was also issued to measure the outcomes and effectiveness of the four programs to build improvements and produce evidence that will allow these programs to become sustainable and scalable solutions for possible implementation across the state.

“RIZE’s investment in our program will help us overcome the opioid crisis in Lynn and we look forward to sharing a successful model of treatment for our most vulnerable population with other communities in Massachusetts.”

Kiame Mahaniah, MD, CEO, Lynn Community Health Center