What is Project PROGRESS?
Project PROGRESS is a multi-county recovery-to-work program spearheaded by The Wright Center for Community Health. Northeastern Pennsylvania counties served by Project PROGRESS include Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming.
The Time Is Now
In November 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf renewed for the 12th time his declaration that the opioid epidemic has placed Pennsylvania in a state health emergency. Northeast Pennsylvania has been particularly hard hit by the ongoing opioid addiction crisis. From 2015 to 2018, 1,149 people are reported to have died from opioid overdoses in Project PROGRESS’ six-county service area. (OverdoseFreePA).
Project PROGRESS connects individuals who are living in recovery and employers with resources, training and support.
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The following organizations have partnered in support of the Project PROGRESS initiative:
The Wright Center for Community Health
The Wright Center for Community Health is spearheading the Project PROGRESS program to help reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorder by connecting people in recovery with recovery-friendly employers
Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance
Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance is connecting employees in Wayne and Pike counties with individuals in recovery looking for employment.
The Institute surveys businesses on their recovery to work programs to identify employers in the six-county region who hire people in recovery or are looking to begin a recovery-to-work program.
Luzerne County Community College
Luzerne County Community College offers educational programs to become a Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS)
Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center
Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center offers training to become a Community Health Worker.
Reduce the Stigma
Substance use disorder affects all people in all walks of life: teachers, doctors, lawyers, police officers, construction workers and working professionals. No one is immune from substance use disorder impacting their lives. Untreated drug and alcohol use contributes to tens of thousands of deaths in the U.S. each year. Stigma is a problem with health conditions ranging from cancer to HIV to mental illness to substance use.
Project PROGRESS has also received assistance and guidance from:
The AllOne Foundation
Wayne County Commissioners
Wayne Economic Development Corporation
The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce
Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance
Office of Congressman Matt Cartwright