Established August 2017
Our Coalition is an action oriented task force comprised of a wide variety of local agencies and organizations. The coalition meets every other month however the efforts by all participating organizations are ongoing daily.
Key Prevention Strategies
Opioids are important medications and have necessary reasons for use. Our coalition is working to ensure local providers adopt and implement guidelines to protect patients, help prescribers understand the importance of safer prescribing and pain management education.
Improper disposal of medication and sharps poses serious health and safety threats, including potential for misuse and abuse of expired or no longer needed medications. Our coalition partners work hard to help the community know how to dispose of medications safely. There are several medication disposal sites throughout the county, Take Away envelopes, and DEA Take Back Days.
Medication Assisted Treatment
As a county with limited medical resources our coalition is working with neighboring and internal agencies to provide immediate resources and is moving towards increasing the number of MAT providers in the county and to establish a referral system to meet the local needs.
Our coalition has secured grants for immediate training and distribution of naloxone to emergency responders, local agencies, organizations, and community members to provide life saving measures to the if needed.
Education and awareness are key to prevention and treatment. Our coalition strives to provide information throughout our community to increase awareness of opioid and substance use, Narcan, safe disposal, treatment and support resources. We give presentations througout our community to various agencies, organizations,businesses, youth, parents, caregivers, community members, Spanish speaking community members, and anyone wanting information.
Board of Supervisors
Board of Education
Bright Future Recovery
California Department of Public Health
California Health Care Foundation
California Opioid Safety Network
Center for Care Innovations
Community FoodBank of Hollister
Community Foundation of San Benito County
County of San Benito Probation
Emergency Medical Services
Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Pharmacy
Integrated Waste Management
Local Health Care Providers
Hollister Police Department
Hollister School District
Local Public Health Pharmacists Work Group
San Benito County Behavioral Health
San Benito County Human Health & Services Agency
San Benito County Office of Education
San Benito County Probation
San Benito County Public Health Services
San Benito County Sheriff’s Office
San Benito Health Foundation
San Benito High School
Sun Street Centers
Valley Health Associates
Youth Recover Connections