The Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of EMS & Trauma System (Bureau) is seeking funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration FY 2022 First Responders-Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Support Services Act (FR-CARA) Grant to continue work to increase the capacity of Arizona first responders to respond to and prevent known and suspected overdoses statewide.
From 2017 to 2021, the number of opioid-related deaths in Arizona increased by 112%. As a result, EMS and law enforcement response to suspected opioid overdoses in Arizona increases year after year. In response, the Arizona FY 2022 FR-CARA project will develop, implement, and assess strategies to engage first responder agencies in responding to suspected opioid overdoses, increase the capacity of first responder agencies to respond to and prevent suspected opioid overdoses, and increase the capacity of first responders to refer suspected non fatal opioid overdoses to treatment. The Bureau proposes the following objectives:
¿ Over the four year grant period, purchase and distribute 12,200 naloxone kits free of charge to (1) to first responder agencies for the purposes of responding to suspected opioid overdoses and (2) to EMS agencies participating in the Naloxone Leave Behind Program.
¿ Provide naloxone administration training to 2,000 first responders statewide over the four year grant period through the promotion of the developed virtual first responder naloxone training platform
¿ Expand the virtual first responder naloxone training platform to include a training on Naloxone Leave Behind
¿ Conduct individualized outreach to 100 fire and EMS agencies across Arizona promoting participation in Naloxone Leave Behind and the existing PHELE program
¿ Conduct individualized outreach and training to 50 agencies based on monthly EMS Naloxone & Opioid Reports
¿ Facilitate the development of educational pamphlets with referral resources specific to the jurisdiction implementing Naloxone Leave Behind Programs
¿ Engage existing opioid advisory councils (ADHS Opioid Action Plan, Drug Overdose Fatality Review Team) to expand the capacity of grant programming (BEMSTS)
To carry out these initiatives, the Bureau will partner with the University of Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center, the University of Arizona Center for Rural Health, the ADHS Opioid Action Team, the Drug Overdose Fatality Review Team, and other key stakeholders.