In this new episode, Greg talks to Barbara Marsh, the assistant to the health commissioner in Dayton and Jody Long, the director of behavioral health treatment and support services for the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services. They discuss how their two respective departments came together to form COAT in 2016, which has proven to be a very effective and comprehensive program that’s preventing deaths at the hands of the opioid epidemic.
Join Greg as he learns how this program was established and what it means to the community it serves. They explore the collective impact model and the national incident management system (NIMS) which guides responses to incidents and emergencies. They describe their work with 60 community partners/stakeholders who all came to the table because every sector has a vested interest since they all have been affected by the overdose problem.
Greg also explores their prevention, intervention and treatment model which has 8 branches addressing issues such as alternatives to opioids for pain management, data sharing and emergency plans. He uncovers how COAT manages to align different entities for maximum impact, at no additional cost and relying on in-kind services.