- Dec 01 2023
- 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Coffee With Karl | Addiction in the Tri-Cities and What Can be Done
Join us for an all-new Coffee with Karl episode!
Drug addiction is a growing epidemic across the country in all communities, including the Tri-Cities. A resident of Benton or Franklin Counties dies of addiction every five days. Nationally, that number is one every five minutes.
The Benton Franklin Recovery Coalition was formed in June 2018 in response to the lack of detoxification services and inpatient treatment services for people suffering from Substance Use Disorder (addiction) in the Tri-City region.
Their mission is to partner within Benton and Franklin counties to advocate for recovery and treatment opportunities, educate to destigmatize the disease of addiction and reduce barriers to recovery for people suffering from Substance Use Disorder, or SUD.
The Benton Franklin Recovery Coalition has been working in partnership with Benton County since 2020 when the Coalition was instrumental in obtaining for the County the initial state appropriation of $2.7 million for the Center.
In 2023, the BFRC formalized its relationship with Benton County by entering into a Memorandum of Understanding. The Coalition advocates for additional federal and state grants for the Columbia Valley Center for Recovery while raising private funds for projects to enhance the services and environment of the Center.
Join us on Friday as Karl discusses the addiction epidemic in the Tri-Cities and what is being done to address this with Benton Franklin Recovery Coalition board members Michele Gerber and Nancy Roach.
Michele S. Gerber, Ph.D., Chair, Benton Franklin Recovery Coalition
Nancy Roach, Board Member, Benton Franklin Recovery Coalition
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About Coffee with Karl: TRIDEC President and CEO Karl Dye invites local leaders, elected officials, and industry experts from the Tri-Cities and throughout Washington state to chat over a cup of coffee. These in-depth and interactive conversations are filmed and broadcast live. They provide resources for business owners, offer updates on our local economy, and help the Tri-Cities promote economic strength and diversity one cup at a time.