Multi-Agency Coordination Group
On November 8, 2017, a joint resolution was approved and signed by Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, Sheriff Ty Trenary, the Snohomish County Council and the Snohomish Health District Board of Health. By doing so, these four entities affirmed their commitment to ending the opioid epidemic in Snohomish County through strong partnerships, coordination, and collaboration.
Executive Somers has also directed the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management to partially activate the Emergency Coordination Center to support this effort. While not a formal declaration of emergency, as typically used during natural disasters, the directive does provide additional staff resources to facilitate better coordination and communication across multiple jurisdictions, government agencies and service providers. The multiple agencies and governments in Snohomish County involved so far have formed an Opioid Response Multi-agency Coordination (MAC) Group.
The Opioid Response MAC Group has developed the framework for a multiagency plan focused on reducing the negative impacts opioids have on the health, safety, and quality of life of our communities. The seven goals agreed upon are:
** Reduce opioid misuse and abuse;
** Lessen the availability of opioids;
** Reduce criminal activity associated with opioids;
** Use data to detect, monitor, evaluate, and act;
** Reduce collateral damage to the communities;
** Provide information about the response in a timely and coordinated manner; and
** Ensure the availability of resources that efficiently and effectively support response efforts.
Now that the initial framework and objectives have been identified, those core team leads will be reaching out to other public agencies and private entities to participate in the action teams. This countywide plan is also aligned with the Washington State Interagency Opioid Response Plan and the North Sound Behavioral Health Organization’s Opioid Reduction Plan.
MAC Group Opioid Projects
Below is a list of projects MAC Group Agencies are currently working on to address overdose and opioid misuse in Snohomish County. This document will be updated as needed.
|Implementation Agency||Name of Funding Source||Agency Providing Funding||Project Title||Project Time Period||Brief Project Description|
|Department of Emergency Management||Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Sales Tax||Department of Emergency Management||Snohomish County Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Program Advisory Board||On-going||Facilitating and Coordinating Multi-agency Coordination Group efforts on Opioids aiding in better communication and planning.|
|Snohomish County Human Services||State Substance Abuse Block Grant Funds (SABG)||Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)||Opioid Outreach Specialist||On-going||Working with individuals experiencing OUD or an overdose. OOS will work with client to connect to treatment, MAT, C/S Housing, Narcan, or any other appropriate resource. OOS will also provide Opioid Education and Narcan Trainings to the community and/or agencies.|
|Snohomish Health District||Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) |
Rural Communities Overdose Response Program (RCORP)
|U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy||RCORP-Implementation||September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2023||Expand access to SUD/OUD prevention, treatment and recovery services and supports in Darrington and parts of Sky Valley (link to map – https://arcg.is/DavWC)|
|Snohomish Health District||Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)||Centers of Disease Control and Prevention via the Washington State Department of Heath||OD2A (No project specific title)||September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2023||The overall goal of this grant is to increase opioid overdose prevention messaging and education, improve surveillance through data collection and dissemination, support linkages to care and evidence-based treatment options, and support harm reduction strategies.|
|Snohomish Health District||General Funds||Snohomish Health District||First Responder Narcan Program||On-going||Purchase Narcan for first responders currently partnered with us. In return, they track the use of Narcan and provide that data to us quarterly|