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2024 OFR National Forum: Peers’ Role in Prevention: Discussion and Open Forum

Publication Date: 3/13/2024

We Heart You: Catalysts of Change 

This presentation will cover the multiple recommendations that the Winnebago County, Wisconsin, Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) Team implemented to drive community change. With the team’s motto of “We Heart You,” it has given people a way to know that it cares about them no matter how many times they need help and where along the spectrum of recovery they are. From exploring an overdose mapping system to trying to implement a rapid response team, it took pivoting from unsuccessful pilots and meeting with stakeholders to find a successful end result that saves lives. The presentation will highlight the Solutions Peer Response Team, which is a 24/7 rapid response program that is peer-led and peer-driven and meets people where they are most vulnerable. Through a partnership with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office, the pilot program not only addressed needs that the jail was not able to solve itself but has expanded to fund peers in the jail and to create a recovery pod. Come learn how OFR recommendations can be catalysts of community change through partnerships and knowing when to pivot. 


Keywords: Peer, rapid response team