Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has partnered with local organizations to launch a Mobile Outreach Team, or Rapid Response Team (QRT), in Wayne County to reduce overdoses and deaths from overdose, as well as bringing people with substance use disorders into contact with treatment.
Several Wayne County organizations are working with the School of Medicine to implement QRT in the county’s largely rural communities.
QRT incorporates a philosophy of “meeting people where they are”, which means that face-to-face meetings are most effective in helping individuals take the first step towards recovery, especially immediately after an overdose.
QRT members are mobilized to travel across the county to meet with people and help assess their recovery needs, identify treatment options, and overcome barriers to accessing treatment.
As an integrated community QRT, the team works alongside county EMS, law enforcement, volunteer fire departments, and peer recovery support specialists to serve as a referral system for those in need. seeking recovery services.
QRT members also maintain contact with overdose survivors who are not ready for treatment and provide them with naloxone and the necessary training on how to administer it.
QRT will also work to train more first responders and community members on the administration of naloxone with continuing education opportunities.
“I look forward to helping provide this much-needed new service to the people of Wayne County,” Dawn Streets, Wayne County QRT Coordinator, said in a press release. “If we can help save even a life or help a person recover, it’s worth it. “
Wayne County partner organizations include local fire and EMS agencies, the Kenova Police Department, and area businesses.
Funding for this project is provided by grants from the State Opioid Response Project of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.