University of Rochester Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence (UR Medicine RCOE)



Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)


Offers technical assistance and information resources to help rural communities identify and implement evidence-based practices to reduce negative outcomes related to substance use disorder (SUD), including the use of synthetic opioids. Provides assistance to communities nationwide while partnering with 20 specific high-need Appalachian counties in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia to combat the opioid crisis.

What This Program Offers

The UR Medicine RCOE can provide:

  • Direct partnerships with 20 high-need Appalachian counties to develop strategies and resources to meet specific community needs
  • Technical assistance to communities nationwide looking to independently identify, adapt, and implement SUD programs
  • Information resources, including webinars, toolkits, guides, and newsletters, featuring evidence-based practices and highlighting model programs and approaches in rural communities

Who Can Receive Services from This Program

Eligible participants are public health entities, healthcare providers, local community leaders, and organizations addressing or seeking to address SUD.

Geographic Coverage

Nationwide, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, West Virginia


There is no application process to receive assistance.

To request technical assistance complete the online assistance request form.

For additional questions or information:


Community Planning and Coalition Building • Health Education for Community and Patients • Opioids • Recovery • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment