Project WORTHY

The opioid addiction epidemic grows deadlier every day. Deaths in Westchester jumped to 83 in 2015, an increase of almost 200 percent since 2005. This epidemic affects everyone, from a young mother coping with depression to a student-athlete hooked on pain killers following a sports-related injury. The tragedy is indiscriminate and the damages extend beyond the addict to family, friends and co-workers.

That is why we created Project WORTHY, Westchester Opioid Response Teams Helping You.

Project WORTHY is the latest extension of our Safer Communities initiative, which has tackled some of our most intractable problems from developing safety protocols for attacks against our schools, to ending gang violence, reversing school absenteeism, and preventing youth suicide.

Like Safer Communities, Project WORTHY draws on public and private resources from around the county. The key is integration. Westchester is blessed with an abundance of resources. But their effectiveness can be limited if they remain in geographic and bureaucratic silos. Project WORTHY’s county-wide perspective positions it to break down silos and mobilize all available resources, delivering solutions that are practical, effective and lasting.

Project WORTHYProject WORTHY Guide Book
This comprehensive guide book identifies the opioid and heroin epidemic in Westchester County, provides statistical evidence of its growth, shares the stories of victim and those who have been affected and provides resources to those in need of help and guidance. View the Project WORTHY Guide. (pdf)

“In Their Words”: The stories of those affected by opioids and heroin

Project WORTHY Youth Summit October 2017

The Project WORTHY Youth Leadership Summit is an opportunity for students and educators to meet with health professionals and civic and elected officials to discuss how the opioid crisis affects them and what practical steps can be taken to fight back.

Among the issues that will be tackled are the underlying causes of opioid and heroin addiction among our youth. Mental health challenges, prescription medications and even sports injuries are all part of the dialogue.

The keynote address will be from BMX Pro, U.S.A. Olympic Coach and recovering addict, Tony Hoffman. Schools are invited to view a live video of Tony’s address.


Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health
Tel: (914) 995-5220