Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $200,000)
This project serves Crook County; a rural community with a population of 25,562 (2021 Census Data). The purpose of the project is to identify and implement an evidence-based law enforcement and first responder diversion program; build capacity with the school district and law enforcement for education and prevention programs for K-12; enhance our real-time data collection, analysis and dissemination; increase access and accessibility to harm reduction strategies such as naloxone distribution and medication take-back programs; and assess needs and capacity for supporting medicated-assisted treatment (MAT) within our local jail in addition to local recovery and support services. The project includes partnership between Crook County Health Department and County Sheriff’s Office, Prineville Police Department, BestCare Treatment Services, Rimrock Trails Treatment Services, Crook County School District, Central Oregon Health Counsel, Pain Standards Taskforce, St. Charles Health Systems, and Crook County Fire and Rescue. Those who will benefit from CCHD’s COSSAP project include individuals with opioid use and other substance use disorders, community partner organizations, and the community as we implement prevention curriculum into Crook County School District K-12 and provide outreach and educational material to the entire population.