Han­ley Foun­da­tion: Cre­at­ing strate­gies to com­bat ad­dic­tion, over­dose

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What does Han­ley Foun­da­tion do?

Han­ley Foun­da­tion cre­ates and im­ple­ments strate­gies de­signed to change the face of ad­dic­tion. We are com­mit­ted to solv­ing to­day’s ad­dic­tion prob­lems for to­mor­row’s youth. The opi­oid epi­demic and ad­dic­tion are top-of-mind is­sues here in Palm Beach County and through­out Florida. We have over three dec ades of ex­pe­ri­ence as Palm Beach County’s lead­ing non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion for pro­vid­ing more than $3 mil­lion in sub­stance abuse pre­ven­tion and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams for par­ents, care­givers, and school-age chil­dren. We are the largest provider of pre­ven­tion ser­vices in Florida. This year, our work will pos­i­tively im­pact the lives of more than 65,000 stu­dents, par­ents, teach­ers, care­givers and com­mu­nity mem­bers across the state. Han­ley Foun­da­tion’s pre­ven­tion and ed­u­ca­tion teams are first re­spon­ders to the ad­dic­tion bat­tle in schools in 21 Florida coun­ties, in­clud­ing many schools in Palm Beach County. Over the next three years, we’ll serve more than 120,000 Florida stu­dents.

How does your or­ga­ni­za­tion ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity?

Our com­mu­ni­ties are fac­ing an ad­dic­tion cri­sis. Palm Beach County leads the state in opi­oid-re­lated over­dose deaths, with more than 600 recorded in 2017 alone and more than 5,000 to­tal opi­oid over­doses recorded in 2016. In the United States, over­dose is the lead­ing cause of death for peo­ple 50 and younger. Han­ley Foun­da­tion is on the front lines of bat­tling the cri­sis. We know our core mis­sion el­e­ments — pre­ven­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, ad­vo­cacy and ac­cess to qual­ity treat­ment — make a dif­fer­ence. In the past year alone, our mea­sur­able out­comes of suc­cess in­clude:

■ In­creas­ing our pro­gram­ming from 14 to 21 Florida coun­ties reached, in­clud­ing nu­mer­ous schools in Palm Beach County

■ In­creas­ing trained pre­ven­tion staff to more than 30, with a goal of serv­ing over 120,000 Florida stu­dents by 2019

■ Build­ing our ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship with the ad­di­tion of chief devel­op­ment of­fi­cer and di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion po­si­tions; a new fo­rum se­ries fa­cil­i­tated by the di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion, Pro­ject C4OPE — de­signed to con­nect fam­i­lies who share the ex­pe­ri­ence of a loved one who has died of opi­oid over­dose, sur­vived an over­dose, or are at high risk for over­dose — serves four ge­o­graphic re­gions of the county

■ Ser vice out­reach has in­creased by nearly 173 per­cent, from 25,250 served in 2015 to nearly 65,000 served in 2018

What is your agency’s fo­cus for the fu­ture?

Han­ley Foun­da­tion has en­tered a rapid—while thought­ful and tar­geted — growth phase that ad­dresses all ar­eas of our mis­sion. These up­dates have al­lowed the Foun­da­tion to take a greater lead­er­ship role in fight­ing the state’s ad­dic­tion cri­sis via our four core mis­sion el­e­ments. With these di­rec­tives in place and build­ing upon the 30-year track record of suc­cess­ful phil­an­thropic work that started with Mary Jane and Jack Han- ley (Han­ley fam­ily mem­bers also still sit on the board), the foun­da­tion has strength­ened its po­si­tion and vis­i­bil­ity as a statewide leader in the fight to pre­vent and treat sub­stance use dis­or­ders. The foun­da­tion is pro­vid­ing more ev­i­dence-based pro­gram­ming, in­creas­ing ac­cess to qual­ity treat­ment through fundrais­ing for schol­ar­ships and con­sis­tently serv­ing as an ex­pe­ri­enced voice in the com­mu­nity’s con­ver­sa­tions.

Jan Cairnes, CEO

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