In this community intervention, we will build upon current efforts to work with families involved in the child welfare system and community members by:
- Collaborating with our community partners to implement a take-home naloxone program for kinship caregivers (e.g., relatives taking care of children whose parent is misusing opioids) and other community members
- Providing overdose education and naloxone administration training to reduce opioid overdose deaths
- Providing early screening for substance use that will allow us to provide evidence-based treatment earlier
- Providing access to naloxone and peer recovery supporters
We will effectively utilize peer recovery supporters as a key treatment intervention for individuals with opioid use disorders.
- The intervention will recruit members of the local recovery community to participate in and complete the training and certification process through the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS)
- Once trained and certified, these peer supporters will be matched with our child welfare families
- The peer recovery supporters will assist those dealing with addiction achieve sobriety
- The peer recovery support efforts are aided by Medicaid expansion in Ohio as a billable service
For more in-depth explanations on the services provided in this intervention, click here.