CHRIS ATWOOD FOUNDATION INC

Saving Lives and Supporting Recovery from Substance Use Disorder

aka The CAF   |   Reston, VA   |  www.thecaf.org

Mission

To save lives from opioid overdose death and support recovery from substance use disorder.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Ginny Atwood Lovitt

Main address

Po Box 9282

Reston, VA 20195 USA

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EIN

46-2749211

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Substance Use Disorder has been steadily increasing in the United States for decades, and drug overdose is now the #1 cause of death in Americans under age 50. The majority of these deaths are due to opioids like prescription painkillers and heroin. This is due to a combination of issues including lack of physician education leading to overprescribing of opioid painkillers, lack of adequate pain management alternatives, increased rates of youth mental illness, and the prevalence of powerful synthetic opioids being shipped into the country.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

ROPE (Reverse Overdose, Prevent, and Educate)

ROPE trainings are targeted to individuals at risk of encountering an opioid overdose. We present Virginia's state-developed Revive Opioid Overdose Reversal curriculum which covers how to recognize, respond to, and reverse an opioid overdose. We dispense free naloxone to those in need of it. We also provide medication disposal pouches to safely destroy painkillers and narcotics at home, and lists of local resources for seeking help.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Families

We provide small housing grants to individuals in recovery from substance use disorder who are seeking residence in a recovery house within the DC area. These short term grants allow persons to move in to substance free housing following treatment, rather than back into the unsafe environment they were in prior to treatment.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Chris Atwood Foundation aims to protect the lives of individuals who are addicted to opioid painkillers and stop opioid overdose death through overdose reversal trainings and access to naloxone; prevent the misdirection of opioid painkillers from household medicine cabinets, and to educate the public about the disease of substance use disorder in order to prevent new addictions and de-stigmatize the issue.

We target overdose reversal training to individuals most at risk. According to the CDC and National Harm Reduction Coalition, over 80% of opioid overdose reversals are conducted by persons who use drugs. For that reason we go where they go and provide free trainings and narcan (the medication that reverses opioid overdose.) This includes homeless shelters, clinics, treatment centers, tent communities, methadone clinics, etc. Our secondary population is persons who live with someone addicted to opioids, like family and roommates. By carefully targeting these priority populations we ensure that our donor's dollars are making the biggest impact possible. In order to further increase access to life-saving naloxone in Virginia we have successfully seen two bills through to passage that now allow us to dispense the most cost-effective form of naloxone in the community, allowing us to reach more than twice as many people as previously.

We have trained over 100 individuals within Northern Virginia as Revive Opioid Overdose Reversal Instructors who can be sent out into the community to conduct trainings and dispense narcan where needed. We are licensed by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to store and dispense naloxone. Over the years we have developed a reputation in the community of being a safe space for persons with substance use disorder to seek help and resources. We have partnered with the local Community Services Boards to share data, collaborate on trainings, and best serve the community. We have also partnered with law enforcement to receive notifications of areas that are experiencing an increase in overdoses so that we can provide targeted trainings in the areas where they are most needed.

We have dramatically increased access to life-saving naloxone in Virginia by designing and and ensuring the passage of two laws in the Virginia General Assembly, both of which passed unanimously. The first law allows community overdose reversal programs like ours to dispense naloxone directly to the people we train. The second allows those programs to provide a much more affordable form of naloxone which cut the cost of our program in half. We now know of almost 100 individuals in Northern Virginia who have used the naloxone and/or skills they learned in our program to reverse an opioid overdose. This number is likely very under-reported due to stigma, and the realities of the population we serve. We have also advocated on a national level in multiple congressional forums on the opioid crisis for which our executive director was a panelist.

Financials

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CHRIS ATWOOD FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 7/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Atwood

Cozen O'Connor

Term: 2013 -

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/14/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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