Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $204,515)
The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) continues to experience budgetary challenges and growing backlogs. DESPP will use funds for professional development, supplies, equipment to analyze opioid-related evidence, training, and reimbursement of annual dues/certifications of staff in order to improve dissemination of information to investigating agencies and to comply with ASCLD/LAB standards. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) will use funds for staff professional development. OCME will use funds for continued staff professional development, autopsy supplies to support increased toxicology testing, and transportation costs associated with the opioid crisis.