NCALL receiving nearly $70K to expand their opioid outreach services in Dover

DOVER, Del.- This week, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware granted nearly $70,000 dollars to the National Council on Agricultural Life and Labor Research Fund, also known as NCall.

“Substance use disorder, mental health effects all families in our state and community and so I’m very pleased that Highmark has continued to address these with many creative non profits and community organizations,” Bethany Hall-Long,  Lt. Governor of Delaware,  said.

The non-profit in Dover specializes in affordable housing, development, education and lending.

But with this new money they want to expand their opioid outreach services in the community.

“We have been doing that work for close to a year now, in central Dover, downtown Dover and now we will be able to reach out and work in communities that the Dover housing authority has on the east side of town,” Karen Speakman, Executive Director of NCALL, said.

The Executive Director of NCALL says this expansion is needed more than ever.

“You know whats been really key with this whole pandemic situation is that those people who have substance abuse are struggling and we’re seeing a real high increase in opioid use throughout the state,” Speakman said.

She added that so many times families don’t know what resources are available to them, so the organization wants to help them get that information.

Something that the Lieutenant Governor of Delaware thinks is necessary.

“We cannot afford to lose another mother, father, child the opioid crisis is an epidemic during the pandemic and we are working hard to make sure that everyone receives care,” Hall-Long said.

We’re told NCALL is also helping to train people in Narcan administration with this funding.

Categories: Coronavirus, Delaware, Local News, Opioid Crisis