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The RV Collective Response provides informative and community-oriented support for organizations seeking funding to address addiction and mental health challenges. As the community advisory board for ORCCA, funded in part by PCORI’s Eugene Washington Engagement Award, we serve as a model for collective research. Explore our impactful programs, including the RESTORE Southwest Virginia program providing career services for women affected by the opioid crisis, the Family Service Project expanding counseling services, and the Connection to Care project offering treatment and recovery services.


The Connection to Care (C2C) project, led by RVCR’s Crisis Response group, facilitates treatment and recovery services for those with substance use challenges. Backpacks with Naloxone, supplies, and contact cards will be distributed, researched by Virginia Tech. Contact Mary Beth Dunkenberger at for details. Partners include Virginia Tech, Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition, Roanoke Valley HOPE Initiative, Council of Community Services, Roanoke City EMS, Carilion Clinic, Western Virginia Regional Jail, and Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare. Funded by HIDTA Program’s Combating Opioid Overdose Through Community-level Intervention (COOCLI) Initiative. C2C tackles substance use collaboratively, connecting individuals and combating the opioid crisis.


The Family Service Project, initiated by the RVCR’s Child and Family Support group, aims to expand counseling services for individuals and families affected by opioid use disorder. With a grant from the Department of Justice, Family Service of Roanoke Valley (FSRV) will provide free individual and group counseling, as well as family support services to qualifying individuals. The project focuses on helping children and adults navigate the impacts of substance use disorder, offering guidance for parenting and fostering a peaceful home environment. For more information, contact Karen Pillis at or 540-795-4653. This initiative is supported by Family Service of Roanoke Valley and the Roanoke Valley Collective Response, with funding from the US Department of Justice.


The RESTORE Southwest Virginia program, funded by the US Department of Labor, supports families affected by the opioid crisis. Total Action for Progress (TAP) provides career services and job training to women in recovery or facing increased financial responsibility due to the crisis. TAP aims to serve 120 women in Greater Roanoke, the New River Valley, and Alleghany Highlands. For more information, contact Jo Nelson at or (540) 777‑4673. TAP and Virginia Tech are collaborating on this initiative to empower women and address the economic impact of the opioid crisis in households.

Opioid Research Consortium of Central Appalachia (ORCCA)

The RVCR (Roanoke Valley Collective Response) serves as the community advisory board for ORCCA (Opioid & Recovery Community Collaborative of Appalachia). It is funded, in part, by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute ® (PCORI ®) Eugene Washington Engagement Award (# 460243). RVCR not only plays a vital role in advising and guiding ORCCA’s initiatives but also serves as a model for engaging communities in collective research at both regional and national levels. To learn more about RVCR’s involvement and their mission to address the opioid crisis, please visit their website at