Community Highlights

Community Highlights Overview

This page features a rotating display of successful program models. Each program model is a real-world case study in community-wide coordinated action, informing stakeholders of what does and doesn’t work in addressing the opioid crisis.

Each program model illustrates cutting edge, innovative approaches, and encourages adoption (or modification as needed) by other communities.

The Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region

A community collaboration model (i.e. coalition) in Western Massachusetts that provides a comprehensive action plan for the opioid problem, bringing together the vital stakeholders in a community 

Established in 2013, the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the Northern Quabbin Region works to reduce heroin and prescription opioid addiction and prevent overdose deaths in its rural region of Massachusetts. 

The Opioid Task Force includes a 20-member Executive Council and five working committees that focus on a range of initiatives in the areas of:

  • education and prevention
  • healthcare solutions
  • law enforcement and justice
  • housing and workforce development
  • treatment and recovery

The Task Force partners with a wide range of public and private organizations to further its prevention, treatment, intervention and recovery goals.  

Examples of Task Force efforts in these areas include:

  • initiatives to provide and train a range of individuals in administering Narcan
  • strategies to help rural health care providers reduce overprescribing of opioids
  • support for syringe access programs and peer-led recovery programs
  • expanding educational and training opportunities for individuals in recovery

Collaborating with over 400 public and private partners in the region.

Continuum of Care
Full continuum of care
Harm Reduction
Type of Evidence
Report with evaluation
Response Approach
Comprehensive services
Early Intervention
Family Support
Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
Overdose prevention