RIZE invests in comprehensive, compassionate, and sustainable prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery interventions to help people avoid and survive opioid use disorder and improve their lives.

Through our research and grantmaking, we are disrupting the status quo by selecting, supporting, and scaling the most effective and innovative programs available today and putting them to work saving lives.

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Current Care Grants

Innovations in Anti-Racism to Address the Opioid Crisis

RIZE created Innovations in Anti-Racism to Address the Opioid Overdose Crisis to reduce racism in the health system and improve access to addiction treatment for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) who are unfairly subjected to higher incarceration rates, decreased access to care, separation of families, and disparities in overdose fatalities.

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Harm Reduction Scholars (HaRT) Program

Harm reduction services, especially when integrated with access to clinical addiction treatment programs, can prevent death and improve care for people living with opioid use disorder (OUD). In June of 2021, RIZE announced the creation of the Harm Reduction Training (HaRT) Scholars program. This specialized internship program – the first of its kind in the country – will develop a pipeline of social workers who are trained in harm reduction.

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Saving Lives, Improving Health: Redesigning Opioid Use Disorder Care.

In 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.  The grantees are Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, Community HealthLink, and Lynn Community Health Center.

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COVID-19 RAPID Response

In March 2020, RIZE awarded over $200,000 in rapid response grants to support nonprofit organizations strained by the COVID-19 pandemic. The discretionary grants were given to 25 existing RIZE community partners.  Through a partnership with the Boston Resiliency Fund, RIZE is awarding an additional $500,000 to residential treatment programs and supporting the city’s “comfort stations” where unsheltered people can go during the day to use the bathroom, wash their hands, and spend time.

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Municipal Naloxone Bulk Purchasing Program

RIZE contributed $105,000 to the fund created to reduce the cost to Massachusetts cities and towns of purchasing the opioid overdose reversal drug known as Narcan.

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Enabling Health: Enhancing Harm Reduction Services in Massachusetts

In October 2018, RIZE launched the Enabling Health: Enhancing Harm Reduction Services in Massachusetts grant program focused on innovative and collaborative harm reduction efforts.  The grants were used to start pilot programs and enhance existing ones using novel and effective approaches to harm reduction. 

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