Lead Agency: Lucas County Sheriff's Office
Program Name: D.A.R.T.
Location: Lucas County, Ohio
Partner Agencies: Police Department, Fire/EMS Departments, Public Health Agencies, Behavioral Health Agencies, Peer Support, Family and Advocacy Agencies, County Library
Site population: 500,000
Pathway: Naloxone Plus, Self-Referral, Active Outreach, Officer Prevention, Officer Intervention
Year Started: 2014
Lucas County Sheriff’s Office’s Drug Abuse Response Team (D.A.R.T.) was developed in response to spikes in heroin related deaths and an influx of first time offenders withdrawing from heroin at the Lucas County Correctional Facility. The D.A.R.T. team provides outreach and linkage to treatment services. Individuals are referred to D.A.R.T. from a range of sources, including drug court, children's services, the Area Office on Aging, the Lucas County Correctional Facility, EMS overdose calls, as well as self-referral and family referral. D.A.R.T. officers are available to work with their clients for two or more years, providing transportation support to treatment and justice system partners, as well as monthly contact via phone or home visits. Additionally, client’s family and friends have access to a D.A.R.T. officer 24/7. This model helps D.A.R.T. to fulfill their goal to help individuals on their paths to recovery, in addition to educating and supporting their family and friends and the community.