MyRecoveryLink was created to assist the communities of Monroe, Morgan, Noble, and Washington Counties in Southeast Ohio combating the opioid epidemic. The goal is to provide assistance, information, and guidance to individuals affected by substance use disorder and their families. Available resources will be provided via the internet, telephone, and eventually in the form of a brick and mortar Community Resource Center. Whether you are a family member of someone struggling with addiction, in active recovery, or seeking to begin recovery, MyRecoveryLink is here to help you achieve success.
In 2017 The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) along with other institutions conducted interviews and focus groups that were used to determine best practices for communicating about opioids in the Appalachian Region. The main focus of these studies was to explore how opioids were uniquely affecting Appalachian communities and to identify effective strategies. As a result of the findings, the Department of Labor (DOL) created the Disaster Relief Grant to support those affected by the nations opioid epidemic
Beginning in September of 2019 the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services began implementing the grant across 88 counties in Ohio. In early 2020 the Ohio Means Jobs Area 15 otherwise known as the Ohio Valley Employment Resource(OVER) began hiring dislocated workers, funded by the grant, to implement programs and resources that would assist the individuals and families affected by the opiod crisis. in Southeastern Ohio
OVER soon formed a partnership with the Buckeye Hills Regional Council (BHRC) to implement the Opioid Resource Navigation program in order to design, build, and implement an online database of resources for those touched by the opioid crisis. Thus, MyRecoveryLink was born to facilitate the needs of individuals and familes on their road to recovery.