Establishing cross-sector partnerships that promote collaboration and enhance information sharing is a critical component in any community’s successful approach to combating the opioid epidemic. These multidisciplinary collaborations facilitate the sharing of timely and accurate data and enable public safety, public health, and behavioral health agencies to leverage their distinct and complementary roles and capabilities to respond effectively to the opioid crisis and other emerging drug threats.
The Partnerships demonstration project, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, supports cross-sector teams in six local communities, and strengthens the data collection and analytic capabilities of public safety, public health, and behavioral health agencies. This initiative also enhances the ability of these selected communities to implement coordinated and tailored rapid responses to reduce overdose deaths.
Reducing overdose deaths by enhancing collaboration and information sharing between public safety, public health, and behavioral health and supporting coordinated cross-sector intervention strategies.
The six sites that formed Partnerships to Support Data-driven Responses to Emerging Drug Threats, a COSSAP demonstration project designed to promote collaborative data sharing and more efficient community responses to substance misuse, convened online for a final time August 16–17, 2022. Learn more about the demonstration project's purpose and successes, as well as details of the sites' work.Read Article
The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE) is one of six local communities funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance Partnership for Data-Driven Responses Demonstration Project. This publication describes PDPHE’s activities to create a robust, near real-time data collection and information sharing infrastructure for public safety, public health, and behavioral health partners.Read Article
The Ross County Health District (RCHD) is one of the six local communities funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Partnership to Support Data-Driven Responses Demonstration Project. RCHD conducted analysis and collected input from community service agencies, peer recovery supporters, law enforcement, and health care providers to develop data-driven strategies to prevent and reduce overdose deaths.Read Article
WSYR-TV reports on a new dashboard showcasing public-facing data that tracks key information about drug overdoses and trends in Oneida County, New York.View Report
The Vera Institute of Justice, with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has released a new report examining the intersection of drug use and the criminal justice system. The report Changing Course in the Overdose Crisis: Moving from Punishment to Harm Reduction and Health highlights case studies from two communities on their response to overdoses that prioritizes community health, harm reduction, and recovery.View Report