Action Research Partner for Butler County's Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP)/ Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) initiative

Miami is the "action research" partner for Butler County's COAP/COSSAP grant focused on developing and evaluating training and prevention strategies targeted towards children impacted by the opiate epidemic, as well as acting as research consultant for COAP/COSSAP grant project personnel to assess and make improvements to the current data collection already in place that tracks outreach post-overdose, treatment engagement, and retention. Miami is working in conjunction with other grant partners and Butler County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Services (BCMHARS) Board to:

  1. Develop and evaluate specialized training and a rapid response program for first responders, victim service providers, and child protective services professionals to meet the needs of children present at an overdose scene and/or impacted by drug use in the home. Trainings will be offered to child and youth-serving organizations, such as schools, athletic leagues and faith-based organizations, among others.
  2. Develop and evaluate the curriculum for specialized prevention services to support children affected by substance abuse.
  3. Consult and advise on evaluation metrics, outcome measures, and direct the project based on the ongoing data collection process.