CHD Receives $50,000 Planning Grant to Improve Treatment and Recovery for People at Greatest Risk of Opioid Overdose

RIZE Massachusetts (RIZE), a state-wide philanthropic initiative, chose CHD as one of six organizations throughout the state to receive $50,000 in design grants for its inaugural Saving Lives, Improving Health: Redesigning Opioid Use Disorder Care program. CHD was the only Western Massachusetts-based organization to receive funding.

The goal of the grant program is to establish or expand systems of low threshold, on-demand treatment to prevent death, support long-term recovery, and improve health and quality of life. “These grants highlight the dedicated professionals in Brockton and all over the Commonwealth who are working on the front-lines of this crisis and who will help alleviate its devastating effects on our families and our communities,” said Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter. 

The six grant recipients will collaborate with dozens of different agencies and organizations within their communities to provide a more comprehensive system of care that will serve the most vulnerable populations throughout the Commonwealth. “It’s quite clear there is enormous potential and energy in Massachusetts to address the opioid epidemic in a thoughtful, innovative, and evidence-generating manner. This first round of design grant recipients all have proven track records of taking on tough health care challenges with creativity, compassion and rigor,” said RIZE Board Chair David Torchiana, MD, President and CEO Partners HealthCare.


Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Brockton Neighborhood Health Center

Cambridge Health Alliance

Center for Human Development in Western MA

Community Healthlink in Worcester

Lynn Community Health Center

The grantees proposed promising approaches to delivering care for people at greatest risk of opioid overdose and addiction, including the use of medication assisted treatment. “We need a treatment model specifically focused on our rural geography and more resources to fight this crisis in Western MA. This RIZE grant will provide a critical infusion of funds to the area,” said Center for Human Development President and CEO Jim Goodwin.

Executive Director Julie Burns said RIZE will evaluate the effectiveness of the design grants using shared measures and data protocols and will fund two-year implementation grants for the programs that demonstrate the greatest potential. Implementation grants will be awarded in June 2018.


CHD/Center for Human Development was founded in 1972, Center for Human Development (CHD) is a nonprofit, CARF-accredited organization providing a broad range of high quality, community-oriented human services to 17,000 children, adolescents, adults, and families each year. The organization is dedicated to promoting, enhancing and protecting the dignity and welfare of people in need.

RIZE Massachusetts is a state-wide philanthropic initiative created to build a $50 million fund focused on bringing real and lasting change to those struggling with substance use disorders in the Commonwealth. RIZE was launched in March 2017 and has raised $13 million to date.


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