Three local communities will be getting fresh resources to fight opioid addiction through a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation.
The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative, or P.A.A.R.I., was awarded the two-year funding to help the Burlington, Wilmington, and Woburn police departments bolster their efforts to combat the opiate epidemic.
The money will provide each department with an AmeriCorps member to serve as a part-time recovery coach, providing guidance to local residents seeking help for their addiction problems, and fund the services of a full-time regional coordinator to help the three communities prevent overdose deaths and expand access to treatment.
Through funding from the Massachusetts Service Alliance, P.A.A.R.I. since last fall has embedded AmeriCorps members in a number of police departments in Massachusetts to help with anti-opioid efforts.
Among those communities is Burlington, which has had an AmeriCorps member serve as a recovery coach and another as program coordinator.
With the new grant — awarded through the Cummings Foundation’s 100K for 100 program — Burlington will join Wilmington and Woburn in the new regional effort.
Wilmington resident Margie Taylor, who had coordinated the Burlington program, was recently hired to coordinate the new regional program.