HISTORY

Following a spike in heroin related overdoses, deaths, and crime related to its resurgence in early 2014, Chief Deputy Prosecutor (now York County District Attorney) Dave Sunday and York County Coroner Pam Gay formed the York County Heroin Task Force with the initial goals of reducing the demand for heroin and illegally used prescription drugs, education of our citizens and the reduction of drug related crime in our community through public education and law enforcement.

The executive leadership continued work to clarify the mission and refinement of focus of the group, thus changing the name to York Opioid Collaborative in 2017.

The name change emphasized that opioid abuse and overdoses deaths are best addressed with a multi-sector group focused on broader issues that require sustained effort. In early 2018, the York Opioid Collaborative successfully received its 501(c)3 status as a non-profit organization. The achievement of a 501(c)3 status equipped the organization to pursue grant funding and hire an executive director to move initiatives forward.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND STAFF

OFFICERS

Kyle King
Board Chairperson

Chad Deardorff
Board Vice-chairperson

Chad Bumbaugh
Treasurer

Roberta Geidner
Secretary

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Audrey Gladfelter

Bob Tome

David Sunday

Matthew Howie

Natalie Williams

Shannon Brady

Suzanne Schlager

Margaret Eckles-Ray

David Lash

Walter A. Tilley, III

STAFF

Brittany Shutz
Executive Director

OUR VISION

To significantly reduce the impact of substance use on the York County community and create an environment of continuous lifelong recovery and support.

 

OUR MISSION

To coordinate and create collaborations that raise awareness and advocate for support to collectively implement solutions and programs for substance use disorders.

 

OUR VALUES

DIVERSITY

We believe that our work should be informed by the perspectives and circumstances of the entire community.

INTEGRITY

We believe that everything we do should be informed by the most accurate research and have the best intentions.

INNOVATION

We believe that the only way to stay current and be effective is to continuously advance our processes and knowledge.

COMMUNITY

We believe that we need to do everything possible to ensure we live in a healthy community.

EDUCATION

We believe that continuous learning is the key to prevention and successful recovery.

COLLABORATION

We believe that the work we do requires the help and support of many community partners.

EMPATHY

We believe that we need to understand and appreciate where people are in their life journey and provide solutions that meet them there.

OUR PARTNERS

Partners in York Opioid Collaborative include government institutions, public health and safety organizations, local businesses, and concerned members of our community. For a full list of our partners, click the button below.