Local team to learn about opioid-use disorder in New York


Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt will join a local team traveling to Erie County, N.Y., this week for an intensive training and technical assistance opportunity for local teams to develop a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach to opioid-use disorder and emerging drug threats.


The Hamilton County team received a grant from the Institute for Intergovernmental Research on behalf of the U.S. Dept. of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance and will participate in an eight-month initiative to align existing opioid initiatives in Hamilton County with those proven successful in other parts of the nation.

Part of the initiative is a week-long program in which teams will learn from Erie County’s successful opioid-use disorder programs. Teams will learn what words and what doesn’t for Erie County and brainstorm how to bring successful processes and programs back to Hamilton County.

Teams from Ohio, Oregon, Georgia and Florida also will attend.

“I am excited to have this opportunity to learn about successful treatment programs and to be able to better help the people who need these services in Hamilton County,” Heirbrandt said. “I think this training opportunity will be extremely beneficial as we work towards improving outcomes and looking towards future sustainability.”

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