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Rural York County Opioid Consortium

Southern Maine Health Care received a three-year Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Implementation grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

This Implementation grant builds upon the work of the three-year FY19 Implementation grant, and the one-year FY18 Planning grant both of which laid significant groundwork in the areas of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) prevention, treatment and recovery. Under the previous grants, the Rural York County Consortium was established to bring together key stakeholders to respond to substance use in rural communities.

The Rural York County Consortium membership includes SMHC, Maine Behavioral Healthcare, York County Community Action Corporation (including Nasson Health Care), Sanford Housing Authority, Kennebunk Police Department, and the York County Sheriff’s Office (with York County Jail), Sanford Police Department, Frannie Peabody Center, as well as County, State, and national level representatives.

SMHC was one of only 65 grant awardees nationwide, and received $1,000,000 in support of the Rural York County Consortium project. The grant period began on September 1, 2022 and runs through August 31, 2025.

The grant is managed by an experienced team consisting of: Jessika Morin, MD, Medical Director; Jean Bessette, PhD, Project Director; and Josephine Serrentino, MPH, Project Coordinator.
For questions about the Consortium, please email Josephine at

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,000,000. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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