The opioid overdose crisis impacts every community in Massachusetts, from our neighborhoods to our workplaces. It is a complex problem and the solution requires a comprehensive and flexible approach. No one policy or program alone is sufficient to address the magnitude of the crisis. RIZE serves as a convener and connector of key stakeholders based on trusted relationships and credibility among practitioners, researchers, decision-makers, community leaders, and people affected by addiction.
RIZE’s multifaceted strategy is designed to address the complexity and enormity of the crisis and will only be effective if it is based on the evolving realities on the ground. We listen to and learn from each other, monitor the success of our collaborations, and hold each other accountable toward a common vision of “zero stigma. zero deaths.” Our work is iterative, designed to both support and expand upon our areas of focus in a manner that maximizes impact.
We organize our work into three focus areas – investing in community, generating knowledge, and convening for action. The interconnectedness of this work has also produced cross-cutting strategies that respond to all three focus areas.
Our key grantmaking programs demonstrate how 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.
Enabling Health: Enhancing Harm Reduction Services in Massachusetts
Access, Harm Reduction
To expand existing harm reduction services and build an infrastructure to offer clinical addiction services within non-clinical settings.
- Grant Amount: $1,808,555.25
- Grantees: AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod; Greater Lawrence Family Health Center; HRH413, Kraft Center for Community Health; Life Connection Center
Saving Lives, Improving Health: Redesigning Opioid Use Disorder Care
To expand the system of low threshold community-based, on-demand treatment and support long-term treatment to improve health and quality of life.
- Total Award: $2,796,816.00
- Grantees: Boston Health Care for the Homeless; Brockton Neighborhood Health Center; Lynn Community Health Center. Community HealthLink (Year-one only) Cambridge Health Alliance (Design only) Center for Human Development (Design only)
- Evaluator: Institute for Community Health