We are a team of dedicated partners and collaborators working together to make an impact.
MISSION & HISTORY.
The mission of the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute is to reduce deaths in West Virginia from opioid and drug abuse by being (a) an independent advocate for life-enhancing drug policies and practices, (b) a hub for coordinating drug response activities, and (c) an educational center to address the prevalence of drug abuse and the stigma of drug addiction.
To fulfill its mission, WV DII is carrying out activities under five objectives – research, education, collaboration, advocacy, and prevention.
The West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute (WV DII) began in May 2019, after nine months of study and deliberation regarding the best ways to reduce opioid drug deaths in West Virginia. Funding was promised by the Winston-Salem Foundation from a donor-advised fund established by BB&T (now Truist). The founding members of the board interviewed people involved in and concerned about substance abuse, researched response activities elsewhere, identified possible response gaps, developed the Institute concept, and conducted the search for a president. WV DII is an independent 501(C)(3) entity. In addition, the partnership with an academic institution positions the WV DII with the unique ability to conduct research and analysis of program outcomes.
Partnerships and collaborations the WV DII includes working with the following in various capacities:
Cabin Creek Health Systems
Calhoun County Board of Education
Charleston Area Medical Center
First Choice Services
Generation Rx and the Ohio State University School of Pharmacy
Great Rivers Regional System for Addiction Care
Kanawha Charleston Health Department
Kanawha Valley Faith United
Kanawha Valley Collective
Kanawha Communities that Care (KCTC)
Kanawha County Board of Education
Monroe County Board of Education
Murphy Media Inc.
Opioid Response Innovation Initiative
Partners in Health
Putnam County Board of Education
Putnam Wellness Coalition
Regional Family Resource Network
Roane County Board of Education
Synergy Health Inc.
United Way of Central West Virginia
WV ACEs Coalition
WV Office of Drug Control and Policy
WVSU Healthy Grandfamilies
WV Department of Education
WV Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety
WV Prevention First Network
The WV DII board is comprised of eight voting members and two ex officio members.
Mr. Bobby Blakley
Mr. David Ferretti
Mr. Pat Graney
Mr. J. Holmes Morrison
Ms. Margaret O’Neal
Dr. Martin Roth
Dr. Edwin H. Welch, Chair/CEO of WV DII
Dr. Glenn Crotty
Dr. Drema Mace
Ms. Allegra Kazemzadeh
Ex officio members:
Dr. Susan Bissett, President of WV DII
Dr. Susan Bissett, President
Jessica Napier-Eagle, Education Director
Tinina McCourt, Program Coordinator
Mia Manfredi, Executive Assistant