With refined deliberation, CVARR has constructed a set of specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound goals CVARR for 2020. These goals will guide and propel the work of our prevention, treatment, recovery and provider workgroups until their achievement in 2021 as we strive to transform Central Virginia into a region with safe and healthier communities!

2020 objectives will be developed by our respective workgroups as they begin the year prioritizing the specific needs and populations here in our community to develop SMART objectives and action strategies to further guide the work of the coalition in the coming year.


Reduce Youth Substance Use.

  1. Reduce High School youth’s reported lifetime prescription drug use by 2% for 12th grade students and by 3% for 9th grade students
  2. Provide information to public, educators and businesses on youth substance use
  3. Work with LCS and local police to enhance barriers and change consequences surrounding youth substance use
  4. Provide support to youth coping with personal substance use issues and/or substance use issues in the home


Identify gaps in substance use treatment services in Central Virginia.

  1. Establish baseline referrals to substance use treatment for Horizon, HOPE Initiative Roads to Recovery, UP Foundation, and Johnson Health Center among other local treatment providers
  2. Provide access to substance use treatment and recovery resources to the region’s recently released or incarcerated individuals upon re-entry into the community
  3. Establish baseline data for outmigration of detox referrals

Increase awareness of current treatment resources in Central Virginia.

  1. Increase referrals to identified programs by 10% by increasing traffic to CVARR Service Locator Tool.


Reduce stigma associated with substance use disorders.

  1. Promote and celebrate the benefits of recovery within Central Virginia

Identify and reduce barriers to recovery such as: job opportunities, aftercare, transportation, rejection of MAT in mutual support groups, and inclusion.

  1. Prioritize barriers to recovery such as transportation, inclusion and stigma
  2. Develop action plans to reduce the burden of barriers in Central Virginia

Increase the ‘voice of recovery’ at CVARR.

  1. Increase the number of recovery members on the recovery workgroup through targeted recruitment


Increase the ability of community providers to deliver medical/mental health treatment to their patients and clients

  1. Assess Medical/Mental Health Providers Needs in the Central Virginia Region.
  2. Provide substance use education/training for Medical/Mental Health Providers/Clinicians (MDs, DOs, DDS, NPs, PAs, RN, LPN, LSW, etc.).

Provide information to public, educators, and businesses” on youth substance use

  1. Plan educational trainings for 2020
  2. Provide substance use information to local pediatricians’ offices and pharmacies for distribution to families after check-ups and medication pick-up

Increase the insight from providers in CVARR decision making