The Community Collective Impact Model for Change (CCIM4C) Initiative is a highly innovative approach aimed at preventing opioid use and abuse, reducing opioid-related deaths, and increasing access to treatment in the state of Ohio. By combining a data-driven, strategic planning process (the Strategic Prevention Framework, or SPF) with an emphasis on working collectively across the continuum of care (the Collective Impact Model), the eighteen funded communities are working to address the opioid epidemic in their communities by utilizing a trauma-informed approach that reduces trauma and promotes resiliency (the Tool for Health & Resilience in Vulnerable Environments, or THRIVE, and the Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience Framework, or ACE|R).
Through grant funding under the federal 21st Century CURES Act, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) awarded funding to two cohorts of Ohio communities to participate in the CCIM4C Initiative - eleven communities were funded in 2017 (Cohort 1) and seven communities were funded in 2019 (Cohort 2). OhioMHAS also partnered with the Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, and Prevention Institute to develop training and technical assistance and provide evaluation services to the eighteen communities. Together, we are striving to work collectively across the continuum of care to address opioid use and abuse, reduce opioid-related deaths, and increase access to treatment by employing a strategic planning process that focuses on community trauma and seeks to promote resiliency within communities.