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Stemming the Tide of the Opioid Epidemic

SAMHSA Logo Synergy is proud to be partnering with several federal agencies to help address the country’s ongoing opioid crisis. Through our work with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Synergy is working with SAMHSA/ CSAP and Office of the Surgeon General on the upcoming “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health Spotlight on Opioids.” This important report is expected to be released to the public in 2018.

Synergy is also partnering with the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Clinical Trial Network on a measurement-based care commentary submitted to the New England Journal of Medicine. Synergy supports a variety of NIDA’s high-profile meetings on opioid use disorder and treatment.

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School Preparedness

Rems Logo Since fall 2017, several serious and consequential emergency events have raised conversations at the national, state, and local levels to new heights concerning preparedness and school safety. Whether it was the active shooter incidents in places like Las Vegas, Nevada, or Parkland, Florida; the hurricanes affecting areas of Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; wildfires in places like California and Montana; winter storms in the Northeast; or child fatalities across the country from influenza, those entrusted with caring for some of the most vulnerable members of our population—children and youth—have been prompted to consider strategies implemented, to date, and new approaches to the question of how to keep children and youth safe, especially when they are at school.

Synergy has administered the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students since 2012, with the aim of fulfilling this exact charge—to help keep the K-16 population, along with staff, administrators, and all other parts of the school community, safe. During this time, the REMS TA Center has provided support to thousands of schools, school districts, and school personnel, including their stakeholder partners, in the form of training and technical assistance to improve overall school preparedness in school safety, security, and emergency management programs.


Giving Back


Supporting the NIH Children’s Inn

Synergy has long-supported several non-profits that focus on the mental, social-emotional, and physical wellbeing of children and families. We have collectively donated thousands of volunteer hours to prepare meals; provide monetary and material goods; and organize outings for various non-profit organizations in the community. Specifically, Synergy has worked with the NIH Children’s Inn, a residential “Place Like Home’’ for families with children participating in leading-edge research studies at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. In 2018, our support will continue to grow as CEO Prachee J. Devadas has been selected to serve on the board of directors for the Children’s Inn. She also serves on the advisory board at SOME.

Uganda Student

Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Refuge Home Logo In fall 2017, Synergy employee Leika Inniss participated in an international mission trip to the country of Uganda (Africa), organized by Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a nonprofit organization that provides training and technical assistance to Christian churches and clergy in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Uganda is home to more than 1 million registered refugees and asylum seekers from several countries in crisis including Congo, Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea.

The mission team worked with a nonprofit organization, Refuge and Hope International. Located in the Kampala, the capital of Uganda, this organization empowers refugees with educational, professional and personal development opportunities. Ms. Inniss provided technical assistance to the staff and the students on substance abuse prevention. She will continue to work with program staff in developing a substance abuse prevention program to be added to their programing.

Kids Easting Pizza

So Others Might Eat (SOME)

Synergy has a long-standing relationship providing support to SOME since 2007. SOME, an interfaith, community-based organization, exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital.

Synergy staff provide resources and supplies, including a weekly pizza dinner, for the after-school tutoring and enrichment programs. Additionally, Synergy has provided families with Christmas presents, Easter gift baskets, and outings to local museums.

Synergy’s staff members speak 26 languages and represent 27 countries. Our diverse backgrounds bring important perspectives to the services we deliver.