Plymouth County Outreach HOPE

PCO Hope

*** Check out the new PCO HOPE Website*** Launched December 2016 

 

On July 1st, 2016 the Duxbury Police Department joined a new regional program called “Project Outreach”. The program has since expanded to include all of Plymouth County.  With that we combined with the widely successfull East Bridgewater HOPE (EB HOPE) program. The new program is called Plymouth County Outreach Help Outreach Prevention Education or PCO HOPE. 

PCO HOPE is a collaboration of Public Safety Agencies and Healthcare Providers created to respond to the ever growing number of opiate overdoses by conducting follow-up visits within 12-24 hours after an overdose.  The program is not limited to those addicted to opiates, it is for everyone impacted by addiction.

The two main aspects of the program are; overdose follow-up and community outreach.

Overdose Follow-up: After a overdose occurs in a participating community the Project Outreach team of safety officials and healthcare providers determines the best course of action to help that person. If it is determined that a in person follow-up may help, a healthcare worker and safety official will go to the overdose victims home. The healthcare worker discusses treatment options with the individual and helps to get them into treatment as soon as possible if they choose to go.

Community Outreach: Twice a month the PCO HOPE team hosts a drop in center . These centers host a growing number of health care providers who help with treatment options and train and distribute Narcan for free (Narcan, also known as Naloxone, can reverse opiate overdose).  Drop in centers are open for anyone who is looking for information about treatment. We encourage family and friends to stop in and talk to our healthcare providers. This setting provides a unique opportunity to have the undivided attention of a healthcare worker who specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders. They will answer any question you have, explain the science of addiction, discuss treatment options, help to work through issues with paying for treatment, and assist individuals with getting into a treatment program.

Stay tuned to our social media accounts and the event calendar on the Duxbury Police Website for information on future events.

The Duxbury Police Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is the unit responsible for coordinating with Project Outreach. CIT Officers are available to assist individuals and their families with navigating resources. Please complete an online referral form by clicking here and you will be contacted by a crisis intervention officer within 24 hours. For more information please about substance use disorder and crisis resources click here.

Click here to read the July 16, 2016 article in the Patriot Ledger about Project Outreach.