Public Health and Public Safety Resources
The Overdose Response Strategy (ORS)external icon conducts an annual initiative-wide cornerstone project. These projects answer common questions or address shared informational needs that affect the ORS region as a whole. These projects focus on a different priority topic each year and build upon evidence-based practices to reduce overdose. Read the 2019 Overdose Response Strategy Cornerstone Report: Overdose Prevention Services in Jails pdf icon[PDF]external icon.
The Public Health Public Safety Team Toolkit (PHAST Toolkit) pdf icon[PDF]external icon is available in its pilot format and uses an operational framework that aims to enhance relationship-building and collaborative, data-informed decision making between public health, public safety, and other sectors to reduce overdose deaths and harms associated with drug use. PHAST is modeled after New York City’s RxStat initiative and focuses on cross-sector data-use strategies that facilitate shared understanding of the overdose crisis, optimized jurisdictional capacity, and shared accountability for reducing overdose deaths. CDC is partnering with the CDC Foundation to develop the PHAST toolkit.
The Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails and Prisons: A Planning and Implementation Toolkitexternal icon includes real-world guidance, lessons learned, and concrete “how to” steps for implementing MAT in criminal justice settings. It was developed through a partnership with CDC and the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.
The Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) Practitioner’s Guide for Implementationexternal icon is a nationally recognized model being used by a growing number of communities to strengthen their community-based responses to the opioid overdose epidemic. This toolkit is a companion document to the Public Health and Safety Team (PHAST) Toolkit and helps communities plan, implement, and evaluate OFRs. It is designed for multiple audiences including public health, public safety, criminal justice, drug treatment, and social services.
Expanding Access to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in Corrections and Community Settings: A Roadmap for States to Reduce Opioid Use Disorder for People in the Justice System pdf icon[PDF]external icon highlights existing state efforts and serves as a policy development tool for governors and other state officials. The resource helps leaders to bolster existing efforts to address opioid use disorder among people involved in the justice system by expanding access to evidence-based medications. The roadmap was created through a partnership with CDC and the National Governors Association (NGA).
The Deflection and Pre-arrest Diversion (DPAD) to Prevent Opioid Overdose Tools and Resources Packageexternal icon supports the adoption and implementation of DPAD programs to better support people at risk of opioid overdose. These resources were informed by real-world experiences shared through key information interviews and roundtables with diverse stakeholders implementing DPAD across the country. The tools were created through a partnership between CDC and the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.