Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Follow-Up

The Greater Lowell communities offer various initiatives to engage with community members in need of support with substance use disorder and mental health needs. Law enforcement agencies have partnered with a variation of mental health, public health, fire, EMS agencies to create response teams to meet the immediate needs of community members in distress. Some towns offer post-overdose follow-up, while others deploy mental health clinicians and recovery coaches with police during routine engagement. Are you wondering what services your community offers? Check out your community’s page to learn more: BillericaChelmsford, DracutLowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Westford, Wilmington

Mental Health

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Substance Use Disorder

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Opioid Overdose

Because of the increase in opioid overdoses in our communities, many of the towns and cities within Greater Lowell have a procedure in place to follow-up with survivors of opioid overdose.

Post-opioid overdose outreach models vary slightly from community to community, and often include a member of the local police, fire, and/or health department(s) visiting a client at their place of residence. Often times, mental health and/or substance abuse clinicians are involved in post-overdose follow-up as a member of one of these departments.

Post-opioid overdose outreach is used to connect survivors with treatment and recovery resources, as well as medical, housing, employment, and family resources. Post-opioid overdose outreach focuses on harm reduction, or reducing risk by meeting a survivor “where they are at.” This might look like referring a survivor to a detox or outpatient treatment program or connecting a survivor’s loved ones to family support services. Some programs continue to follow-up with survivors even after an initial contact to provide continuous support.

So if you’re wondering what to do after an overdose, check out what the various post-opioid overdose outreach programs look like in your community on the following pages: