Map of Ross County, Ohio

Ross County, Ohio

Population: 77,320

Ross County is in the Appalachian region of southern Ohio. The Partnership Project is led by the Ross County Health District. During the planning phase, the district collected and analyzed data related to treatment provider capacity, barriers to treatment, provider viewpoints, and mock services requests. Based on its analyses, the district is implementing the following activities:

  • Strategic deployment of iPad devices to expand data collection and support access to SUD and peer recovery telehealth services
  • Funding a peer recovery support specialist and community social worker position to expand regional outreach network, provide wraparound services, and remove barriers to treatment services
  • Developing a data warehouse to store and analyze cross-sector substance use and overdose-related data that also serves as a secure HIPAA-compliant warehouse that can track clients and expand referral processes. Initial efforts focused on platform setup, datapoint identification, and developing data use agreements with data collection partners. The next phase involves development of a public-facing dashboard to share aggregate-level overdose and trend identification analysis with the wider community.
  • Implementing a multifaceted public awareness and education campaign that will increase public awareness of treatment and telehealth services and peer recovery support services and focus on stigma reduction