The Ross County Health District’s “Partnerships to Support Data-Driven Responses to Emerging Drug Threats” grant awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) aims to collect data across sectors to tackle the opioid epidemic in Ross county. Under the collaborative structure of the Hope Partnership Project (HPP), the grant links cross-sector partners with public health to develop rapid response strategies that will reduce overdose deaths using real-time data to drive strategy development. Connecting public health, public safety, and behavioral health networks together through data linkage allows us to establish a baseline to comprehensively understand the problem we face, the capacity we have as a county to address the problem, and identify gaps or barriers to overcome in accomplishing that goal. Expanding existing data efforts and developing new data collection methods enables us to progressively approach substance use disorder from an entirely new perspective and connecting this data across different sectors allows us to get a well-rounded image of substance use disorder and overdose that has severely impacted Ross county. Through collaboration with community partners, a key area for improvement identified in Ross county is rapid access to treatment. Once someone decides to seek treatment, how can outreach teams and key intercept points help connect them to treatment more efficiently? Our mission is to help reduce overdose occurrences in Ross county through providing data-driven responses to help tackle the barriers and challenges that individuals with substance use disorder face when they are ready to seek treatment.
Data Collection Efforts
Data is presently being collected from various intercept points in the community identified as key connection points, uniquely situated for outreach and connection to treatment. These intercept points in the community frequently interact with high-risk populations or those experiencing struggles with substance use disorder and are able to utilize their roles to connect those in need to treatment and wrap-around services.
- Post Overdose Response Team (PORT)
- Adena Health Systems
- Ross County Community Action
- Ross County Recovery and Outreach Center
- Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library
- Integrated Services for Behavioral Health
- Overdose Fatality Review
- Naloxone Distributions programs at Ross County Health District
- Chillicothe Police Department
- Ross County Sheriff’s Office
- Ross County Jail
- Various treatment providers across Ross County
Expanding Community Outreach
In an effort to expand the county’s outreach network, the grant has supported two new outreach positions in the community.
- In collaboration with Integrated Services for Behavioral Health and the Chillicothe Police Department, we were able to support the onboarding of a Community Social Worker as a new resource assigned to the Chillicothe Police Department. This role will serve in a consultant capacity for the Chillicothe City Police Department to provide referrals and resource linkages for community members.
- A new Peer Recovery Support Specialist was also integrated into the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library system to offer outreach connection at all of its branch locations, including those in outlying areas around Ross county.
Expanding Access to Telehealth
Our agency is also excited to work with Ross County Community Action in order to provide technology for increased access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic through the purchase of iPads for community use. Several healthcare offices have expanded their services to include telehealth options, but many individuals in Ross county lack the technology or internet connection to take advantage of these alternative methods. Even in the face of traditional on-site care, transportation serves as another barrier to receiving adequate treatment in our region.
Contact Our Grant Coordinator
(740)772-9652 ext. 2263