Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $599,193)
Chester County Sheriff’s Office is proposing to implement strategies to address local service gaps through a coordinated network of evidence-based solutions, proven effective in communities with similar demographics as in Chester. The proposed project will employ the following four strategies: Implementation of a Law enforcement and other first responder diversion programs; Naloxone for law enforcement and other first responders; Expansion of a prescription drug take-back programs for unused controlled substances; Implementation of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), counseling and case management services in the local detention facility. Extensive data collection, planning, and discussion was involved in the development of the project, from the outset envisioned as a partnership effort. A key partner in the proposed project is a local partnership of public, private, civic, and faithbased entities working together to facilitate community level change. The applicant will partner with the Empowering Communities for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Coalition. ECHO was founded in 2016 to address substance misuse and recently targeted opioid and stimulant misuse, maintaining a prolific prescription drop box project that has seen a 47% increase in collections over the past year, on pace to triple the level of 2020.
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