Medical Director- Substance Use Services CODAC Health Recovery & Wellness Tucson, Arizona
Innovative approaches to address the substance misuse epidemic which coordinates efforts of multiple stakeholders are needed. In Tucson the Deflection Program models a coordinated effort led by law enforcement partnering with integrated physical and behavioral health, united in their goal to reduce substance misuse and deaths within Pima County, Arizona. As implementation of the coordinated response progressed it became evident that differences in the operations, mission and core beliefs of the partners presented barriers impeding the best outcomes. This presentation addresses the actions taken to create a common mission, common language, and vision to maximize the potential of the partnership.
Describe selection process and implementation of effective best practices for policing and behavioral health providers and show how evaluation outcomes can provide a framework for improving program outcomes.
Define strategies to address challenges to creating collaborative partnerships necessary to establish integrated patient-centered programs that connect individuals to treatment.
Identify the steps to overcome agency cultural and mission based differences of perception between behavioral health and law enforcement.