Overdose Response Team
What: The purpose of the Overdose Response Team is to reduce overdose deaths and restore families.
Who: Overdose survivors and their family members.
How: Referrals are made by law enforcement, self-referrals, or family/friends. Certified Peer Recovery Specialists (CPRS) reach out to the survivors or victims of an overdose to evaluate their need and willingness for recovery support. Peer support is provided to develop a recovery plan and connect clients with the appropriate resources. Support may include help to inpatient treatment facilities, intensive outpatient programs, sober living houses, emergency housing, food, clothing, assistance with securing employment, legal advocacy, medical or mental health appointments, transportation, and documentation. Ongoing peer support can be provided for up to two years to connect person in recovery to a supportive community that can last a lifetime.
Where: Sullivan County, Tennessee
Why: Peers can offer support and hope for the person ready for their recovery. The team can offer resources and effective help that is often unknown to the general public. Their lived experience eliminates the stigma and embarrassment associated with addiction.