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Pilot Projects to Advance Harm Reduction and Public Safety Partnerships to Prevent Overdose

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
Dec 23, 2022

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing will provide funding, technical assistance, and training to implement evidence-based or promising strategies through collaborative partnerships with public safety agencies to reduce risk of overdose and other drug-related harms for people who use drugs (PWUD) and people with substance use disorders (PWSUD) who are or may become justice-involved.

Examples of possible pilot projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing harm reduction-led re-entry services for individuals upon release from incarceration
  • Peer-led outreach to individuals who recently experienced an overdose or areas where overdoses are occurring, based on emergency medical services (EMS), fire, or police records
  • Deflection and pre-arrest diversion programs that integrate harm reduction strategies and link individuals to harm reduction programs and related services
  • Establishment of community drop-off centers for use by deflection and pre-arrest diversion programs
  • Law enforcement trainings and resources to minimize arrests surrounding harm reduction programs and build support for harm reduction strategies

Priority is given to populations highly impacted by drug overdose, including PWUD and PWSUD that are:

  • Justice-involved, including individuals at risk of arrest and incarceration or transitioning from correctional settings to the community
  • Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC)
  • Experiencing homelessness and housing instability
  • From rural, frontier, and tribal communities
  • From jurisdictions with a lack of medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) treatment providers

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations in the U.S. that:

  1. Provide harm reduction services, including syringe services, naloxone or fentanyl test strips, peer-based overdose prevention or response, medications for opioid use disorder, and linkages to substance use treatment, to people who are at risk of drug overdose
  2. Can demonstrate current or past collaborations with public safety agencies
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $81,250
Project period: 1 year
Estimated number of awards: 8

Application process

A link to the application instructions is available on the program website.

Submit using the online application system.

Tagged as
American Indian or Alaska Native · Black or African American · Criminal justice system · Frontier and remote areas · Health disparities · Illicit drug use · Prescription drug misuse · Substance use and misuse

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