Policymakers & Community Leaders

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: Pennsylvania’s Warm Hand-Off

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Addiction Policy Forum

A brief overview of Pennsylvania’s program to implement warm hand-off’s to treatment for individuals seen in hospitals and emergency departments for addiction related issues. In 2016 the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs required all county addiction authorities to develop a warm hand-off plan for individuals treated for opioid overdose in a hospital or emergency department. The program has significantly increased the percentage of patients who enter treatment after receiving a screening and assessment and a direct referral to treatment through this program. Part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.

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Spotlight: Jackson County Anti-Drug Coalition

Evidence Ranking: Potential

Source: Addiction Policy Forum

A brief overview of the Jackson County, West Virginia Anti-Drug Coalition (JCADC), a multi-agency drug abuse prevention program. Started in 2009 to address growing substance misuse in the region, the coalition includes the local health department and 12 community organizations including law enforcement, youth coalitions, treatment providers, medical professional, civic and religious groups, business owners, the board of education and the local media. JCADC provides culturally appropriate education campaigns, drug take back events,and collects data on overdose deaths and the drugs involved to target interventions and media campaigns. The JCADC efforts have resulted in a reduction in both overdose deaths and misuse of prescription medication in the community. Part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.

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Yellow Line Project

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Yellow Line Project-Blue Earth County, Minnesota

Website for the Yellow Line Project in Blue Earth County, Minnesota which is a collaboration between law enforcement, human services and care providers to improve coordination and access to treatment for individuals with substance use or mental health conditions in lieu of in incarceration.

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Huntington Quick Response Team

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Prestera Center, Huntington Comprehensive Treatment Center, Recovery Point West Virginia, Huntington Police, Huntington Black Pastors Association, Cabell County Emergency Medical Services

These presentation slides describe the Huntington, West Virginia Quick Response Team (QRT) which is a partnership of substance use disorder treatment providers, law enforcement, first responders, and faith-based community members. The QRT’s mission is to follow up on individuals

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Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis

The Public Library Association and OCLC, a global library cooperative, produced these resources to help libraries develop polices and programs to address the opioid crisis in their communities. This collection consists of 3 reports:

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All Sheriffs’ Authority 2019 Mental Health Report: Recommendations

Source: National Sheriffs' Association

This 2019 report from the National Sheriffs’ Association and partners details their policy recommendations regarding mental health (MH) and substance use disorder (SUD) issues. Recommendations include:

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Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis – Call to Action

Source: OCLC and the Public Library Association

This toolkit describes strategies public libraries and their staff can adopt to support their communities through the opioid crisis. The strategies are categorized into 5 categories:

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