SBC Opioid Task Force Newsletter Volume 1 - Issue 1 - July 2020
San Benito County Opioid Task Force
Creating an informed accountable community to decrease opioid use and misuse
SBC Opioid Task Force is a cross-collaborative community coalition dedicated to preventing substance use and saving lives.
Free Safe Medication Disposal Envelopes Available
Due to the current restrictions from COVID-19, we understand now is more important than ever to ensure unused and expired medication is safely stored and properly disposed of. You can obtain free medication envelopes from our local pharmacies or by clicking below to request from public health. These free Take Away envelopes were obtained through a grant awarded to the Opioid Task Force.

Town Hall: Increase in Fentanyl and Opioid Overdoses
February 8, 2020
The SBC Opioid Task Force held its first major community event, a Town Hall, on the uptick of opioid overdose deaths and increased amount of fentanyl in the street market. The speaker panel consisted of lead of the SBC Opioid Task Force, first responders, local ER chief, substance use navigator, Assemblymember Robert Rivas,SBC Behavioral Health, local MAT provider, and a community member whose child overdosed twice on the fentanyl laced pills in late October. 

County Behavioral Health Continues to Provide Care

San Benito County Behavioral Health is still continuing services during this unprecedented time. The case managers, therapists, and psychiatrists continue to meet with clients one on one or in group sessions remotely via Zoom or telephone, the department has made these safety modifications for social distancing.

If you or someone you know is in need of care? Call the San Benito County Behavioral Health 24-hour access line at 888-636-4020 .

Sun Street Centers Reopens Women’s Residential and Perinatal Recovery Program in Hollister, CA

Sun Street Centers announces it has reopened the doors to its Women’s Residential and Perinatal Recovery Program in Hollister, CA on June 8, 2020. This state-licensed recovery program located in Downtown Hollister provides a supportive environment for single women and women with small children seeking a life free from the devastating effects of drug and alcohol addiction

Behavioral Health Program is a Success for Local Resident

Highlighting a story of a local resident who faced long term mental health issues, substance use disorder, and homelessness elected into a new program, Behavioral Health Diversion and Reentry Court (BH-DRC) program and serves as proof that when services are geared to help those most in need, even the toughest cases can be improved.

San Benito Sheriff's Captain Log
We are lucky to have outstanding examples of law enforcement officers participation in the coalition, Captain Eric Taylor has been working to bridge the gap between the community and law enforcement in many ways with his Captain's Log being a new avenue to do so.

Webinar For Parents  
 Monterey County
Youth Opioid and
Substance Use Guide

Wednesday, July 8th 12:00PM - 1:30PM PST (English) 

This comprehensive webinar will provide parents with information about opioids and opioid addiction, as well as warning signs. Prevention strategies, treatment options and resources will be provided. Parents will be given the opportunity to ask questions and learn how to initiate a conversation about substance use with their children.
Seminario web para padres
sobre el uso juvenil de sustancias (drogas) y opioides

Miercoles 8 de Julio 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM PST   

El seminario web proporcionará de manera comprensiva a los padres información sobre los opioids, la adición a esta droga así como las señales de advertencia. Estrategias de prevención, tratamientos y recursos locales también serán compartidos. Padres tendrán la oportunidad de hacer preguntas y aprender cómo iniciar una conversación sobre el uso de sustancias con sus hijos.
RxSafe Del Norte Hosting Virtual Wellness and Recovery Series
RxSafe Del Norte, a coalition from our CCI Grant cohort is hosting a month long virtual wellness and recovery series from June 30 through July 30th. Please register through eventbrite at:   it allows for you to get the weekly schedule and CME credit.
CA ED Bridge: Medication Assisted Treatment
Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital is a part of the ED Bridge Program to be a resource for someone looking to begin treatment for opioid use disorder.

For more info contact:
Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital's Substance Use Navigator Ashlee Deherrera
(831) 256-0103
Medication Locking Bags
Free medication locking bags are available for anyone, these were made available through a grant from the Community Foundation of San Benito County
Free Narcan nasal spray is still available for free, if you haven't been trained you will be given a quick training on when and how to use the nasal spray. We are still able to provide Narcan trainings as well to any agency or organization that would like it.

For more info on scheduling a training or requests:
Veronica Johnson
San Benito County Opioid Task Force | Website