Durham Joins Together County Task Force


North Carolina Local Governments and the Opioid Crisis: 

A Collective Impact Approach to Making Policy and Changing Lives.


The UNC School of Government and Blue Cross NC will provide the following to each participating community: five regional forums at which teams will form goals, set plans for implementation, collaborate across fields and jurisdictions, and learn from experts on opioid-related issues; School of Government support throughout the process; $10,000 in year one and $10,000 in implementation funding for the project in year two. Each community selected will contribute a committed team representing multiple departments, jurisdictions, and/or organizations that will invest the time, energy, and work needed to achieve team goals.


Durham Joins Together (DJT) to Save Lives  


Co-Chair Wendy Jacobs, Chair
Durham Board of County Commissioners

Co-Chair Dr. Wanda Boone, CEO 
Together for Resilient Youth


Committee Chairs

Mental Health/Treatment - Cindy Haynes 

Medically Assisted Treatment, Peer Support post ED and Post-Release

Prevention/Education – Dr. Wanda Boone

Use the culturally competent Seven Strategies for Community Change to prevent all forms of substance use,

Community peer support and support parents that have lost family members due to substance use.

Focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience. Provide data on the impact of opioids (overdose) on the African American Community.  


Data – Ryan Bell

Provide updates on Injury Prevention Branch county level data,


Policy – Wendy Jacobs, Dr. Wanda Boone, Phillip Graham 


Team Name: Durham Joins Together to Save Lives

Vision: #Living Well, Drug Free, Bull City

Mission: Eliminate and prevent substance misuse through education, peer support and treatment


Goal: Eliminate substance misuse and overdose

Objective: By 2023 decrease EMS identified overdoses by 20%. 

By 2023 decrease ED identified overdoses by 20%


Goal: Create a continuum of support  

Objective: By 2019 increase access to MAT by 100%


Goal: Facility-based Detox Recovery Centers

Objective: Build a second facility by 2022.



Together for Resilient Youth is the prevention arm of DJT. Together4ResilientYouth.org








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