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April 23, 2020

First Responder-Led Diversion and Outreach: An Overview of the Field and a Primer for Implementation

Recognizing that law enforcement and first responders are at the front line of the opioid epidemic, frequently responding to drug overdose calls, a variety of multidisciplinary overdose response and early diversion models have emerged in communities throughout the nation. These models often include first responders working in partnership with behavioral health treatment providers and the peer recovery community to help overdose victims access treatment and services. This webinar provides an overview of these models and important considerations for sites that are just beginning to implement their programs, including staffing, scope of the program, treatment capacity, and potential pitfalls in the program.


  • Ben Ekelund, Director of Consulting and Training, Center for Health and Justice, Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities (TASC)
  • Hope Fiori, Administrator, Center for Health and Justice, TASC
  • Nikki Munoz, Administrator, Center for Health and Justice, TASC

To view a PDF version of the slide deck that was used during this presentation, click here.

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