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The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) is requesting the sum of $500,000 in Category 1a funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program to create Lexington Overdose Outreach Project (LOOP). This project will be implemented in Lexington-Fayette County, a jurisdiction represented by a unified city-county government, in central Kentucky. LOOP has five specific aims. First, LOOP will outreach to individual survivors of drug overdose identified by emergency response by the Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Medical Services (LDFEMS) to connect them either with treatment and recovery services or harm reduction services, including naloxone. The second aim is to create pre-arrest diversion program at Lexington Police Department (LPD) where all police officers will be trained to assist individuals who approach them or they come in contact with connections to treatment and recovery services or harm reduction services. This model differs from traditional pre-arrest diversion models since police can meet the person where he or she is. The third aim of LOOP is provide naloxone to overdose survivors, their families, and the community through Fayette County Health Department (FCHD). The fourth aim of LOOP is to establish a multi-disciplinary response team of law enforcement, fire and emergency services, treatment providers, recovery advocates, and other community partners. The fifth aim of LOOP is to evaluate the effectiveness of LOOP and add to the body of evidence-based programs to address drug overdose. LOOP requires LFUCG to partner with the Kentucky Injury Prevention Research Center (KIPRC) at the University of Kentucky to action research approach to design, implementation, and evaluation of the project. In addition to LDFEMS and LPD at LFCUG and FCHD, LOOP will collaborate with, the local community mental health and substance abused safety-net provider, and other substance use treatment providers like Hope Center and Chrysalis House, Voices of Hope, and Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. Additionally, LFUCG and KIPRC will work directly with the Training and Technical Assistance provider selected by BJA. LOOP meets two areas of Priority Consideration. Lexington-Fayette County has been disproportionally impacted the abuse of illicit opioids and prescription drugs with high rates of primary treatment admissions for heroin and high rates of overdose deaths from heroin and other opioids. Second, LOOP will include a research plan to assist with the identification of the drug problems in Lexington-Fayette County, design of LOOP, and evaluation of its effectiveness.
Effective start/end date3/1/199/30/21


  • Lexington Fayette Urban County Government: $108,639.00


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