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Partnerships between Public Health, Public Safety, and Recovery Communities to address SUD/OUD epidemic.

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,000,000)

The Purchase District Health Department proposes to implement
“Partnerships between Public Health, Public Safety, and Recovery Communities to address
SUD/OUD epidemic” with the purpose of impacting racial and gender equity of recovery service
delivery and reducing drug-related harms including overdose and incarceration. The project
serves eight counties in far western Kentucky with a population totaling 197,000 people. Project
activities fall into four categories: 1) Reducing overdose by (a) distributing naloxone to at-risk
individuals and their families and (b) educating young people about fentanyl; 2) Implementing a
deflection/pre-arrest diversion program that increases access to substance use and behavioral
health treatment; 3) Implementing a warm-handoff to peer support for individuals released from
jail; and 4) Providing housing vouchers for individuals in recovery. Expected outcomes include
reduced drug-related recidivism, increased utilization of substance use disorder services, and
improved coordination of services between public safety, public health, and behavioral health
service providers. The intended beneficiaries of the project are individuals with active substance
use disorder, individuals in recovery, justice-involved individuals, and families of individuals
with substance use disorder. The project includes a rigorous evaluation component and research
activities to inform future programming and best practices.

Date Created: September 25, 2023