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Southeast Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center (ROTA-RC)


Working to Improve the Resiliency of Rural Communities

Creating Awareness of Opioid and Stimulant Use

Collaborating with Rural Libraries and Communities

If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid use in the U.S., the Department of Health and Human Services operates a helpline: 800-662-4357, and has a database of treatment facilities and resources at:

ROTA-RC seeks to develop and disseminate training and technical assistance to address opioid and stimulant use affecting rural communities in the eight states in Region 4. ROTA-RC will expand awareness of opioid and stimulate use, harm reduction, and options for treatment to improve the resiliency of the targeted 168 rural communities.

To achieve the goals of the project, the Consortium will work in the rural counties to increase awareness and understanding on the factors that engender opioid and stimulant misuse, and work with local governments to increase prevention and treatment services by deploying evidence-based programs.

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Raising Awareness to Prevent Teen Opioid Misuse

CFC CENTER NEWS  CSW GENERAL SAVANNAH SMITH, CFC CENTER The Southeast Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center (ROTA-RC), an integral initiative under the umbrella of the Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families, and Children (CFC Center)...

Experts gather to address opioid use disorder and rural resiliency

. . . ROTA-RC, a part of the Center for the Study and Promotion for Communities and Children, housed at the FSU College of Social Work, brought together more than 120 participants for a symposium to share knowledge on opioid use disorder and its intersection with...

FSU/FAMU Partnership Combats Teen Opioid Misuse Through 4-H Programs

. . . “Our partnership with the CFC Center at FSU leverages the unique strengths and resources of each institution to address the complex challenges facing our rural communities resulting from the opioid epidemic,” explained Vonda Richardson, Director, FAMU...

To honor daughter’s wish, Tampa man makes film about her drug addiction

“One Second at a Time: Battling the Monster of Addiction” premieres on Monday at the Tampa Theatre.

The Importance of Involving Libraries in Opioid Epidemic Response

In September of 2022, the Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families, and Children (CFC Center) at the FSU College of Social Work was awarded a two-year U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant funding the Southeast Rural Opioid Technical...

FSU Project to Provide Opioid Epidemic Assistance in Rural Communities Receives $1.3 Million Grant

The project will work to provide technical assistance and training on opioid harm reduction and prevention to rural communities. It will also partner with local stakeholders including colleges and universities across 8 states to train community members.

FSU Center Awarded Grant to Improve Rural Community Health and Resilience related to Opioid Use

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Grant

Experience the awe-inspiring journey of Jane Dwyer Lee, a Teaching Professor at FSU’s College of Social Work and an integral partner on the ROTA-RC project. Despite facing obstacles, Jane’s spirit and dedication to her recovery shine through in this impactful documentary.

Witness the incredible transformation of a woman who defied all odds, triumphing with unwavering courage. Jane’s story serves as a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit, inspiring viewers to find strength in their own battles. Her remarkable achievements, both in teaching and service, add a layer of inspiration that will leave audiences moved and empowered.  Jane’s background in clinical social work and teaching includes behavioral health, substance use, and gender & women’s studies. Don’t miss this documentary of Jane Dwyer Lee, a beacon of hope and an embodiment of the potential for triumph in the face of adversity.

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