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Cross-State Collaborative to Support Schools in the Opioid Crisis

Cross-State Collaborative to Support Schools in the Opioid Crisis

Students who are exposed to family and community opioid abuse face acute and chronic stress and trauma, including unmet basic needs (e.g., lack of sleep or food, unstable housing circumstances), as well as a range of psychological difficulties. These challenges often interrupt school functioning, and stakeholders in Appalachia report that schools need more resources and strategies to effectively support these student needs. REL AP is partnering with stakeholders from state and local education agencies, community-based organizations, and universities in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia to form a collaborative focused on addressing trauma-related consequences of the opioid epidemic in schools.

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