Project Bald Eagle leads a regional coalition of organizations, community leaders, professionals and citizens working together to stem the tide of the heroin/opioid epidemic.Position Statement
In the Fall of 2016, we started discussions with the Pennsylvania National Guard Counterdrug Joint Task Force about working together to replicate the Project Bald Eagle model in other counties. Our two organizations entered a formal collaborative agreement in January 2017 to develop the Regional Opioid Coalition Alliance that would span 17 counties of northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.
The roots of our federally-recognized coalition can be traced back to the early efforts of Lycoming County’s Heroin Task Force which was formed in late 2013. The Heroin Task Force rallied support from diverse community groups to engage in dialogue and identify solutions in response to heroin/opioid use in Lycoming County.
In 2014, The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, chaired by Senator Gene Yaw, conducted a series of hearings throughout the commonwealth to gather information on the issue of heroin in our communities. This culminated with the creation of one of the most comprehensive reports on the heroin epidemic in our state. In light of this new data, an organization with a designated 501(c)3 status was formed and the task force blended into the new initiative that would be known as Project Bald Eagle.
Original seed funding for general operating costs of Project Bald Eagle was provided by generous contributions from Pennsylvania College of Technology, Lycoming College, Susquehanna Health and the Lycoming County Board of Commissioners.