Starke County Leaders Gather to Kick off Opioid Planning Grant Consortium


Starke County and Knox City officials, medical professionals, law enforcement representatives, local organization leaders and state agencies gathered Tuesday afternoon to get an idea of what will be involved in a Starke County Opioid Planning Grant Consortium.

The presentation was facilitated by Todd Willis from Porter-Starke Services who welcomed all Starke County participants who will be overseeing the efforts made to promote prevention, treatment and recovery when it comes to opioid abusers in Starke County.

The consortium members will be putting together a work plan to help abusers in Starke County seek treatment in a plan that includes workforce assistance as well as housing and more. The county was recently awarded a $200,000 planning grant to assist consortium participants in determining the gaps and to fill those holes to curb the opioid abuse problem in the county.

This is just the first step in the process.

Once the planned work is off the ground, it will be the members’ priority to sustain what is built and keep the aspects working to produce a stronger community.

Those interested in becoming a part of the consortium, email Todd Willis at