Federal Data Resource for Substance Use Disorder: Rural Community Toolbox

Published on: Thursday June 25th, 2020

Explore the newly launched Federal Rural Community Toolbox and Substance Use Disorder clearinghouse.

Created by the Trump Administration with the express purpose of connecting rural leaders with funding, data, and information to combat drug addiction in rural America, with resources from 16 different Federal departments and agencies, the Rural Community Toolbox is a one-stop shop for those seeking help in building strong healthy, and drug-free rural communities.  In addition to funding and technical assistance, the RCTB includes current information resources on over 40 key topics related to addiction in rural America as well as Federal resources about treatment and recovery support for individuals who have been impacted by substance use disorders.

The Rural Community Toolbox is a clearinghouse for funding, technical assistance, and other information from 16 Federal departments and agencies to support local action in rural America.  Major departments and agencies featured in the Rural Community Toolbox include:
• U.S. Department of Agriculture
• U.S. Department of Commerce
• U.S. Department of Education
• U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
• U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
• U.S. Department of Justice
• U.S. Department of Labor
• U.S. Department of Transportation
• U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
• Small Business Administration
• Environmental Protection Agency
• Appalachian Regional Commission
• Corporation for National and Community Service
• Federal Communications Commission
• National Rural Transit Assistance Program

In addition to funding and technical assistance, the Rural Community Toolbox includes a library of current informational resources from Federal departments and agencies on 46 key topics related to drug addiction in rural America, such as adverse childhood experiences; American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian
populations; economic development; healthcare workforce; housing and homelessness; infrastructure; medication-assisted treatment (MAT); recovery; suicide and suicide prevention; and transportation.

Please let the Southern Tier 8 Regional Board know how this resource supports your efforts!

Southern Tier 8 Regional Board continues it commitment to strengthen the region’s Recovery-to-Work Ecosystem and hosted the 1st Virtual Industry Summit: Recruiting & Retaining Workers in Recovery in June 2020.  Thanks to the help of the planning team & partners (Family Counseling Services of Cortland Co. Inc., Broome-Tioga Workforce,  Tompkins County Legislature, Truth Pharm, Inc., LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Rural Health Network of SCNY, Broome County Health Department, Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County, Inc., Otsego County Chamber of Commerce) 80 registrants enjoyed the program and all session recordings can be viewed with registration here.