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behavioral health & Substance Use Disorder

More than 50,000 people in WNC struggle with Substance Use Disorder, and almost half (47.4%) of adults living in the region report that their lives have been negatively affected by substance misuse (by self or someone else). Overdoses claim the lives of more than 200 WNC residents annually. 

Funding Priorities

recovery-oriented justice systems planning rfp

We are seeking proposals from counties, municipalities and nonprofit organizations in the 18 counties and Qualla boundary of WNC that are interested in conducting collaborative planning to establish, refine and/or resource recovery-oriented justice systems.

Partners who provide or who are exploring the provision of evidence-based practices such as recovery/treatment courts, diversion programs, community-based reentry supports, community behavioral health centers, jail-based SUD treatment programs and other models proven to be effective in supporting successful recovery are encouraged to submit a proposal. 

RFP closes: June 17, 2024, 5:00 p.m. EST

Special Opioid Planning Opportunity for County/Municipal Governments

Dogwood is offering planning funds to help counties make the most of their opioid settlement dollars. Click below to learn more and apply.

how to apply

We provide funding through grant cycles, RFPs and rolling opportunities. Every grant begins with a conversation. To engage with us, simply click the button below.

Meet the Health & Wellness Team

April Bragg

Senior Officer – Behavioral Health & Substance Use Disorder
[email protected]

Michael Pesant

Officer – Behavioral Health & Substance Use Disorder
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partner outcomes

partner stories

Advancing Life. Fighting AIDS

In 2018, ALFA started the Foothills Area Harm Reduction Mission (the Farm). It began distributing syringes, injection supplies, naloxone and other items and services to reduce drug use harm. In 2020, the Farm provided 400 services to Burke County residents.

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Buncombe County Post-Overdose Response Team

The Buncombe County Post Overdose Response Team (PORT) addresses critical gaps in care for substance use and other medically-assisted treatment (MAT) programs in Asheville.

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Burke Recovery

Burke Recovery helps adolescents and adults in Burke County with substance use prevention and treatment. They also serve the community by staffing and handling daily operations of the Burke Substance Abuse Network (BSAN), a coalition of providers, support groups, related agencies and other stakeholders who network, identify service gaps and conduct strategic planning to reduce substance misuse.

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C.A.R.E. identified the Rural Communities Opioid Response – Planning grant available from the Health Resource and Services Administration. C.A.R.E. realized they would be an ideal fit, especially since they had already formed a committee and had the necessary data at the ready.

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Change Agent Cooper

With a heart for community and an infectious energy, Change Agent Phillip Cooper has taken his tumultuous past and channeled it to create positive change for those facing some of the same life experiences that he has faced. As a networker, Cooper has worked with many outstanding organizations in WNC seeking the betterment of the community.

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Diversion Pilot Program Henderson County

Dogwood supports the law enforcement-assisted Diversion Pilot Program in Henderson County as it works to lessen juvenile justice involvement as a means of reducing risk factors related to substance use disorder. Services include a drug and alcohol education program and a juvenile alternatives program.
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