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Expanding First Response for Health Emergencies

Vital Strategies partnered with The Council of State Governments Justice Center to support the creation of “Expanding First Response: A Toolkit for Community Responder Programs.” This toolkit is designed for organizations, coalitions, and local governments seeking to design, implement, and strengthen first responder programs that focus on a health-based response for drug overdose events. Expanding First Response provides a detailed guide on how to train staff, conduct effective call triaging and needs assessments, financially sustain programs, and advance legislation to support community responder initiatives.