Assessment of Warren County's CARE Project

Brief

Assessment of Warren County's CARE Project

Abstract

This brief presents interim findings from the first year of Urban’s assessment of Warren County, Ohio’s Child Assessment and Response Evaluation (CARE) project. CARE—a cross-agency initiative between law enforcement, first responders, and child service agencies--was designed to quickly assess children’s exposure to trauma after witnessing an adult’s substance overdose and connect families to services and supports in the community. Though it has shown initial promise improving coordination and communication among stakeholders and connecting families to community treatment and services, we found that stakeholders can strengthen CARE by improving data collection at overdose scenes, facilitating ongoing trainings, and actively troubleshooting implementation challenges. In coming months, we will continue partnering with Warren County stakeholders to document the implementation of CARE and disseminate findings that add to the knowledge base on strategies for supporting children and families impacted by the opioid epidemic.

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