There are two connected projects that will offer services to people with Opioid Use Disorder.
Peer Recovery Coach Navigation for Persons with Opioid Use Disorder
A pool of PRCs based at WVSL will be available to respond to referrals and requests from EMS, EDs, law enforcement, courts, schools, social services, and harm reduction programs, with the goal of engaging and building trust with individual patients, clients or offenders who have presented with an OD (or other drug use-related conditions or offences).
Our project has three elements:
1. Overdose prevention. We are partnering with MECCA 911 (MonCo emergency dispatcher), WVU Ruby Memorial Hospital ED, and local addiction treatment, recovery, and harm reduction programs to identify and assist persons who have had an OD reversed.
2. A second aspect of this proposal follows the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program developed and implemented in Seattle in 2011. LEAD is a pre-booking diversion program that allows officers to redirect low-level offenders engaged in drugs or prostitution to community based services instead of jail and prosecution. In our proposal law enforcement (initially, the MPD, and later, other law enforcement agencies) and court officers (county judges and magistrates) will be able to request peer recovery services for low-level offenders, either before they are booked or when they appear in magistrate or juvenile/adult drug courts. If they are deemed good candidates, they will be offered diversion into treatment program, instead of arrest and prosecution. CPRCs will work directly with and provide support for the offender to remain in treatment, and a case manager will be available for assistance with housing and other needs.
3. Project staff will conduct a sophisticated and directed effort to reach MonCo residents led by the Community Outreach Coordinator to provide education about the disease of addiction, available resources for persons with OUD, and to offer our services. Our outreach efforts will utilize a combination of public information sessions and social media to alert healthcare providers, lawyers, police officers, school teachers, other professionals, and community members throughout the region about our services and how to access them. As part of this effort, CPRCs will be available to speak about addiction and the risk of OD in secondary and post-secondary educational settings, community meetings, church functions, and other venues on request.
This grant is sponsored by federal Office of National Drug Control Policy through the University of Baltimore, and was awarded to West Virginia Sober Living, Inc. West Virginia Sober Living has partnered with the WVU Health Sciences Center to supply the research background on this pilot program through the WV PEERS initiative.
State Targeted Response (STR) to Increase the Number of PRCs.
This grant provides funding to enable the hiring, training and certification of an additional Peer Recovery Coaches. This will enable WV PEERS to include all county organizations and programs that may identify and refer individuals who have either survived an overdose or who may need some other form of assistance. Agencies and programs that serve high-risk patients or clients (e.g., emergency medical response and care providers, treatment and recovery programs, non-EMS first responders, harm reduction programs, family and social services). These positions will enable WV PEERS to begin working with additional partners, including the second major ED in MonCo—the Mon Health Medical Center ED—as well as the remaining county law enforcement agencies and courts, probation and parole offices, and the day report center.
This grant is sponsored by SAMHSA STR Funds through the WV Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities.