Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $891,575)
Bradley County, the applicant agency, in partnership with multiple collaborating community agencies, intends to implement a comprehensive plan to reduce the risk of overdose death and enhance treatment and recovery service engagement among the criminal justice involved individuals in the community. This plan was developed as a result of the identification of top-priority needs and prevention solutions for Bradley County, Tennessee and includes three main areas of focus: a comprehensive Resource Hub, a Quick Response Team, and expansion of appropriate, substance-use informed training for officers and other personnel.
In a first-of-its-kind Resource Hub initiative, the goals of engaging and improving the quality of life of individuals with or at risk of a substance use disorder, promoting public wellbeing, and reducing overdose deaths are met with a focus on utilization of comprehensive, appropriate, and integrated community-based services. The Resource Hub will be a center of representation for partnering community agencies, law enforcement, court personnel and legal counsel, recovery treatment providers, and other community professionals. The Resource Hub will serve the community by including representation, and direct access to, all of the community’s frontline recovery support services.
The development of a Quick Response Team will serve the community through assisting victims of drug and human trafficking for the first 24 to 72 hours after their identification of such; a very critical recovery service. The QRT will bridge the gap between first responders and victim service providers.
The expansion of trainings for law enforcement will help to better prepare officers in the community to best respond to the population of individuals experiencing the impact of substance use disorder (particularly opioids), to include not only adults impacted, but children and youth as well.