Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,600,000)
The Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County d/b/a Eskenazi Health is applying to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program (COSSAP) as a Category 1.A. urban area or large county with a population greater than 500,000. Eskenazi Health serves Marion County, Indiana, which reports a population of 977,203 individuals.
This COSSAP project will be carried out by three agencies—the Substance Use Outreach Services Program (SUOS), the Safe Syringe Access and Support Program (SSAS), and Project POINT—and will encompass a multi-pronged approached to support patients, staff, and community/government partners. These programs will provide community-based prevention services in the form of education and prevention programs and naloxone distribution; community-based intervention in the form of SUD treatment and harm reduction activities and support services; and post-intervention support in the form of transitional housing assistance and peer recovery services.
The project will focus on the following activities:
A drug take-back program (Approximately 7% of budget)
Real-time data collection (Approximately 11% of budget)
Naloxone distribution (Approximately 17% of budget)
K-12 education and prevention programs (Approximately 25% of budget).
Evidence-based substance use disorder treatment related to opioids, stimulants, and other illicit drugs as well as harm reduction activities and recovery support services (Approximately 21% of budget)
Transitional or recovery housing and peer recovery support services (Approximately 19% of budget)
This grant-funded initiative will be a collaboration between Eskenazi Health (Lead Applicant) and partner agencies, including the Marion County Coroner’s Office and the Indiana Department of Health Laboratory Services Commission. However, the grant will impact first responders, substance use disorder providers and patients, and governmental agencies throughout Marion County during the life of the grant and beyond.
Documentation of the applicant’s plan to respond to priority consideration can be found on page of eleven of the proposal narrative.