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COAT Program wins NACo Innovation Award



Montgomery County (Dayton, Ohio) has the highest unintentional drug overdose death rate in the state of Ohio with 562 deaths in 2017. This is a public health crisis. In September 2016, the Montgomery County Ohio Commissioners convened a community-wide forum to request stakeholders to work together to address the opioid epidemic. Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County and Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services have taken the lead to coordinate these community-wide efforts.

Under this leadership, community partners have come together to form the Community Overdose Action Team (COAT). The COAT operates under the National Incident Management System framework. The National Incident Management System framework provides a consistent template for partners to work together to respond to local, state and federal emergencies.

The COAT’s primary goal is to reduce the number of fatal overdoses in Montgomery County. COAT members look for existing gaps in services and explore new ways to combat the drug overdose crisis. Over 200 individuals from participating agencies, along with people in recovery and family members, have joined together to participate. This community-wide collaborative approach has made a significant impact in combating the problem of rising deaths from drug overdoses in Montgomery County Ohio

HSPD, Public Health and ADAMHS submitted the COAT for an Innovation Award from the National Association of County Organizations (NACO) and we have just learned that we won!

For 48 years, The National Association of Counties (NACo) has recognized innovative programs in county government through the Achievement Awards Program – an excellent opportunity for counties to promote successes and share best practices.

As a non-competitive awards program, each application is judged on its own merits and not against other submissions. Awards are given in 18 categories and one outstanding program from each category is selected as the “Best in Category."

Winners of the Achievement Awards will be recognized onstage at the 2018 NACo Annual Conference and Exposition in Davidson County/Nashville, Tenn. from July 13 – 16, 2018.