About the SE Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center

Florida State University College of Social Work’s Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families, and Children (CFC Center) received a two-year federal grant, funding the Southeast Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center (ROTA-RC). Under the grant, the CFC Center is partnering with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Cooperative Extension Program and Department of Social Work to assist in the outreach, education and engagement of rural communities in the region.

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-R 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 opioid settlement funds toward evidence-based programs.


ROTA-RC Goals Graphic
  • GOAL 1 100% 100%

Expand SAMHSA Florida Consortium to the Southeastern Higher Education Rural Opioid Consortium

  • GOAL 2 100% 100%

Conduct needs assessments in counties to identify needs for prevention, intervention, treatment, & recovery services.

  • GOAL 3 100% 100%

Collaborate to provide evidencebased training on opioid misuse, OUD, & stimulant use disorder, prevention, harm reduction approaches, treatment, & recovery services.

  • GOAL 4 100% 100%

Develop an array of consultations, trainings, & technical assistance on mental health approaches to enhance resilience in stressful events that contribute to opioid & stimulant misuse.