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Responding to Behavioral Health Needs: An Evaluation of the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health’s Co-Responder Program

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Colorado Office of Behavioral Health - Department of Human Services and the Colorado Health Institute

Colorado’s OBH has funded 25 counties to implement co-responder teams of officers and behavioral health professionals beginning in 2018. This evaluation of the first 2 years of the program uses the RE-AIM evaluation framework which looks 5 aspects of the program: reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance.

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Operation New Hope

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Operation New Hope

Operation New Hope is a model program that provides support, life and job skills training for citizens returning to the community after incarceration in the state of Florida.

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Indianapolis, Indiana: Enhancing Emergency Response Through a Mobile Crisis Assistance Team

Evidence Ranking: Potential

Source: National League of Cities

This case study on the Indianapolis, Indiana police department’s Mobile Crisis Assistance Team (MCAT) was produced by the National League of Cities as part of their series on local efforts to address the interrelated challenges of mental illness, substance use, and homelessness.

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Spotlight: New Mexico Peer Education Project

Evidence Ranking: Potential

Source: Addiction Policy Forum

A brief overview of the New Mexico Peer Education Project which trains incarcerated individuals to educate their peers about addiction, infectious diseases such as hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus, and other health issues. This report is part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s spotlight series.

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Spotlight: Moms and Babies Program

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Addiction Policy Forum

An overview of the Moms and Babies program at the Decatur Correctional Center in Illinois which allows incarcerated women to keep their babies with them for the early development stages and provides the women with parenting education and support. The women are also provided with post-release community reentry services. Women participating in the program have significantly lower rates of recidivism. This report is part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.

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Spotlight: Kenton County Detention Center Substance Abuse Program (SAP)

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Addiction Policy Forum

A brief overview of the Kenton County, Kentucky Detention Center’s Substance Abuse Program (SAP) which provides substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and connections to after care for residents of the facility. A 2016 evaluation of SAP programs statewide found participants were highly satisfied with the program and it was associated with reduced recidivism, positive outcomes for participants such as stable housing and employment, and reduced costs for the state. This overview explains how the Kenton County Detention Center structures its SAP program. Part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.

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Spotlight: Ocean County, New Jersey Prosecutor’s Blue Heroin Addiction Recovery and Treatment (HART)

Evidence Ranking: Potential

Source: Addiction Policy Forum

An overview of the Ocean County, New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office efforts to work with law enforcement to provide access to treatment and recovery for community members with substance use disorders (SUD). The Blue Heroin Addiction Recovery & Treatment (HART) program began with enhanced naloxone distribution to first responders in 2013, expanded to providing recovery support coaches to patients seen in the emergency department for an opioid overdose, and led to creating treatment intake stations at 6 Ocean County police stations. Part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.

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