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 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