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A. Introduction The Columbia and Montour Counties Opioid Coalition Three Year Strategic Plan is included in the pages below. The Strategic Plan was developed using the ideas/suggestions generated during the strategic planning workshop in February 2018. The priorities, strategies, and objectives included in this plan aim to provide an overview of the overarching goal (priority), the strategy for achieving that goal, and the identified objectives. Goals and strategies should not change based on political climate or other outside factors, but the objectives are more adaptable.


Columbia and Montour Counties Three Year Strategic Plan March 2018 to March 2021 Vision Statement: <<Insert Vision Statement>> B. Goals, Strategies, and Objectives Goal 1: Community Awareness and Stigma Reduction Ensure that all residents of Columbia and Montour Counties are wellinformed on overdose, signs of a Substance/Opioid Use Disorder, treatment options, and recovery programs available throughout the community in order to eliminate stigma regarding overdose/addiction in the county. Subcommittee: Education Strategy: Launch a public awareness campaign to increase awareness and for all individuals in Columbia and Montour Counties in order to eliminate stigma throughout the counties. Objective 1A: By March 2021, complete the substance abuse tailored Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) Stigma Reduction initiatives, for all relevant audiences. Objective 1B: By June 2019, develop a multi-platform (ex. social, digital, and print media) information campaign throughout Columbia and Montour Counties. Objective 1C: By November 2019, facilitate engagement of interactive educational tools about overdose, naloxone, signs of SUD/OUD, treatment and recovery, developing new materials when needed, putting them on the Columbia and Montour Counties coalition website. Goal 2: Increased Public Safety and Public Health Coordination, focusing on Pro-Treatment Initiatives Increase coordination and collaboration between public safety and public health entities in Columbia and Montour Counties; creating a counties wide network of pro-treatment initiatives and addressing barriers to treatment in the current systems. Subcommittee: Law and Order Strategy: Increase data sharing and collaboration between law enforcement, the legal system, treatment, and public health services to better coordinate efforts related to interdiction processes and increase linkage to treatment services for individuals. Objective 2A: By October 2018, law enforcement and public health professionals will establish and execute a communication and data


sharing plan in order to coordinate efforts on combating the opioid crisis. Objective 2B: By October 2019, law enforcement and public health professionals will coordinate intensive law enforcement and treatment efforts to ensure persons with SUD/OUD or active addiction are connected to treatment rather than entering jail/prison system, when appropriate. Objective 2C: By September 2019, provide on-going training and educational opportunities for law enforcement on best practices for investigating an overdose, including personal safety practices and connecting persons to treatment. Goal 3: Increase treatment options and availability. Increase treatment capacity in Columbia and Montour Counties to ensure that all persons have access to appropriate care and recovery services, including Medication Assisted Treatment. Subcommittee: Treatment and Recovery Strategy: Increase capacity of treatment options available to persons in Columbia and Montour Counties, including all levels of care and sustained recovery support. Objective 3A: By June 2019, all individuals at the emergency department will be engaged with a warm hand-off and will receive a connection to treatment Objective 3B: By November 2019, increase the number of MAT options and capacity to ensure all residents have access to all types MAT upon request. Objective 3C: By March 2019, all persons engaged in treatment will be educated about MAT options. Objective 3D: By March 2021, Columbia and Montour Counties will have sufficient capacity so that every individual, both in rural and urban areas, who needs SUD/OUD treatment will have access to appropriate levels of care, and any resources required to ensure sustained engagement. Goal 4: Increase access and use of non-treatment, recovery services/programs. Increase access to and utilization of non-treatment, recovery based initiatives and services to ensure that all persons have access to transitional recovery services, wrap around services, to increase sustainable recovery throughout the counties. Subcommittee: Treatment and Recovery


Strategy: Increase capacity and utilization of current non-treatment, recovery based initiatives, introducing new programs/initiatives when necessary to address gaps and barriers. Objective 4A: By December 2018, survey current capacity and develop resource map of transitional recovery services and wrap around services throughout Columbia and Montour Counties. Objective 4B: By December 2019, all individuals engaged in posttreatment care will receive support and guidance for non-treatment needs (i.e. housing support, job training, etc.) and consistent monitoring for risk of overdose to support long term recovery. Objective 4C: By March 2020, all individuals leaving jail or on probation/parole will receive support and guidance for non-treatment needs (i.e. housing support, job training, etc.) and consistent monitoring for risk of overdose to support long term recovery. Goal 5: Increase prevention efforts for all target populations. Increase county-wide, evidence based prevention efforts to prevent or delay the onset of SUD/OUD for target populations. Subcommittee: Education Strategy: Implement a prevention initiative throughout Columbia and Montour Counties to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors related to Substance/Opioid Use Disorders. Objective 5A: By August 2019, expand current evidence based school programs to ensure all students in Columbia and Montour Counties School Systems had received age appropriate prevention education. Objective 5B: By May 2019, develop and implement a prevention initiative for senior citizens including information on safe medication consumption, signs of an overdose, and safe storage practices. Objective 5C: By May 2020, increase workplace education, employee assistance programs, and job placement to better support individuals in recovery. Goal 6: Implement a Post Overdose Response Team. Implement a post overdose response team (PORT) throughout Columbia and Montour Counties. Subcommittee: Law and Order Strategy: Develop and implement a post overdose response team (PORT) to engage with residents of Columbia and Montour Counties who have overdosed and refused to be transported to the ED with the goal of connecting persons to services and/or treatment.


Objective 6A: By December 2018, research current PORT programs and develop implementation plan, including information on required funding resources, data collection plan, and list of relevant local stakeholders. Objective 6B: By May 2019, implement PORT throughout Columbia and Montour counties.


Columbia-Montour Strategic Plan  
Columbia-Montour Strategic Plan