Rochester selected to participate in Facing Addiction project


Rochester, N.Y. - Rochester has been one of 14 communities selected to participate in Facing Addiction's pilot community project.

The project will work to reform the public response to the addiction crisis, including securing increased local funding to adequately address the issue.

The project will also work on the following:

  • Training advocates on organizational and advocacy techniques to reform the community's response.
  • Investing resources in communication opportunities with elected officials.
  • Providing media guidance to highlight the solutions to the problem.
  • And developing political strategies and aiding community stakeholders in developments of a “campaign strategy”.

“As addiction to alcohol and other drugs now impacts 1 in 3 households in America, we must urgently work to turn the tide on this health crisis," said Facing Addiction co-founder and executive vice president Greg Williams. “We received over 50 applications from communities across the country for this program. We are excited about the prospect of working to train, organize and mobilize citizens in Rochester, N.Y. to ensure a shift toward a public, health-centered response to those impacted by addiction.”

Monroe County Legislator James Sheppard, Rochester City Council Woman Molly Clifford and 2 Guys and a Girl Radio Show host and RecoveryNowNY outreach director Carlee Hulsizer submitted Rochester's application.

The following communities are also participating in the project:

  • Annapolis, M.D.
  • Baton Rouge, L.A.
  • Billings, M.T.
  • Boise, I.D.
  • Chicago, I.L.
  • Cumming, G.A.
  • Fitchburg, M.A.
  • Martinsburg & Berkeley Springs, W.V.
  • New Canaan, C.T.
  • Safford, A.Z.
  • San Diego, C.A.
  • Springfield, M.O.
  • West Bend, W.I.
  • West Linn, O.R.

Facing Addiction is a national non-profit that works to unify those impacted by addiction.