Opioid Settlement Academy (2024-25)

The NCACC, the University of North Carolina’s Injury Prevention Research Center, and the North Carolina Division of Public Health’s Injury and Violence Prevention Branch are hosting our first ever Opioid Settlement Academy. The Academy will bring together counties who are receiving funds from the North Carolina opioid settlements to support them in preparing to implement or expand a new opioid settlement strategy. Click the button below to apply. Applications are due by Friday, Aug. 16, 2024.

What is our goal?

Prepare teams from North Carolina counties and municipalities to implement or expand one of the Exhibit A strategies from the Memorandum of Agreement on the allocation and use of opioid settlement funds. During the Academy, teams will walk through a program planning process to prepare for strategy implementation or expansion.

What should you expect?

Teams will participate in a total of 5 in-person training days (two, 2-day sessions and one, half-day session) to be held in Raleigh, and complete some preparatory work before the Academy begins and in between sessions. At each in-person session, teams will learn from subject matter experts during presentations and participate in exercises and activities to apply what  they are learning. Teams will be assigned a mentor for the duration of the Academy and will receive support as they develop their own program plans, both during and in-between Academy sessions. Teams will participate in two virtual coaching sessions with their assigned mentor in between training sessions. Teams will also have opportunities to network with and learn from each other. 

You are encouraged to apply if you…

1. Are a North Carolina county or municipality 

2. Are ready to implement or expand an Exhibit A strategy 

3. Have an existing (or are willing to form a) committed, core team of four to six members with an identified lead representative. Members of the team should include representatives from relevant partners who will be engaged in strategy implementation.

For example, if you are planning to implement a Post-Overdose Response Team (PORT; Strategy 8) then you would be expected to include at least one local EMS representative as a member of your team.

Other potential team members include: 

  • Person(s) with lived experience
  • Local government staff member
  • Health department/district representatives
  • EMS responders
  • Sheriff’s office
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Dept of Social Services
  • County Manager’s office
  • Social workers
  • Health educators
  • County commissioner
  • Treatment provider (private or public)
  • Recovery advocates and allies 
  • Faith community leaders
  • Reentry support
  • Community health workers
  • Housing authority 
  • Housing and homelessness services agencies
  • Local business owners
  • Community supervision
  • Healthcare providers
  • Justice system partners
  • Case managers
  • School system (K-12 & higher education)
  • Harm reduction service providers
  • Community coalition leaders
  • Youth serving organizations

Academy Learning Objectives

  • Identify the principles of harm reduction 
  • Gain an understanding of ways peer support services and trauma-informed practices can be integrated into relevant opioid abatement strategies 
  • Deepen understanding of the National Opioid Settlements, the NC Memorandum of Agreement, and relevant opioid abatement strategies 
  • Acquire comprehensive practical skills and knowledge in program planning for relevant opioid abatement strategies 
  • Access and use local and state data to support your local government’s opioid overdose response 
  • Apply the framework provided in this academy through developing a logic model, an action plan, and a draft local spending authorization to implement an opioid abatement strategy 
  • Describe how your local government plans to implement an opioid abatement strategy by participating in a poster session at the 2025 NC Summit on Reducing Overdose

The Details

Application deadline: Friday, Aug. 16, 2024, at 5 p.m.

Please choose one team leader to apply on behalf of the entire team.

  • When?

    Session I  

     2-day training 

    October 24-25, 2024
    Quorum Center, Raleigh

    Session II  

    2-day training 

    January 16-17, 2025
    Quorum Center, Raleigh   

    Session III Half-day interactive workshop and poster session
    March 19, 2025 at the NC Summit on Reducing Overdose
    Raleigh Convention Center

  • Where?

    The in-person Academy sessions will  be held in Raleigh, NC. If  accepted, all members of your team must commit to attending all sessions in Raleigh.

  • Cost?
    • No cost for registration, tuition, or materials
    • No cost for breakfast, lunch, and drinks during in-person sessions
    • Each team will be responsible for their own travel costs: lodging (if necessary), meals (dinner only), and transportation

Need more info?

 Contact us: [email protected]