Group Facilitation for feasibility and sustainability of a Comprehensive Substance Abuse and Crisis Capability

Proposals welcome up to $50,000

An area of interest of the CAP is the need, feasibility and sustainability of a comprehensive substance abuse and crisis capability.

These capabilities provide a safe, supportive, environment for publicly intoxicated/drug affected individuals to sober up and, when appropriate, initiate recovery. It aims to enhance public health and public safety by providing an alternative to the scarce emergency room and local jails that are not equipped to treat or provide rapid access to treatment. Comprehensive substance abuse and crisis capabilities provide services for substance use dependent individuals that may have secondary problems such as mental illness medical issues and/or homelessness. Stated goals include:

Provide better care for substance use dependent persons and improve health outcomes
Decrease the number of inappropriate ambulance trips to the emergency department (ED) for substance use dependent individuals
Reduces utilization of Emergency due to ED visits for substance use dependent individuals
Create an alternative to booking individuals arrested for public inebriation
Frees up police to return patrol to handle more serious offenses
Reduces crowding in jails and wait time for officers booking other offenders

The CAP is a seeking a consultant to lead a diverse work group through the development phase of a Feasibility Study for comprehensive substance abuse and crisis capabilities in the Gorge. The elements of the Implementation Plan are to include:

Develop clear basis of need for or against the capabilities in the Columbia Gorge region.
What data will be gathered and how the data will be gathered for the following elements throughout the length of the study including: Potential members that could benefit from a crisis capability; Healthcare costs and cost avoidance; Other costs and cost avoidance
Expanding the concept to possibly include a crisis diversion component for members with mental illness and/or and short term housing for substance abuse clients.
The recommended staffing and training approach to address the comprehensive capability if viable.
The total cost for implemention
Opportunities for grant funding and in-kind resources

The consultant will be responsible for the following:

Working closely with the co-conveners to achieve the deliverables outlined above. 
Convening a core group of members, persons in recovery, providers and stakeholders not to exceed 12 participants over a period of 6- 8 months
Consult 20+ local experts on the issues and care for the target population.
Seeking feedback throughout the proposal development from clients and families
Facilitate at least 4 learning opportunities for the stakeholder community with all meetings including minutes and other relevant documentation
Gather and assemble locally specific data using either known information or extrapolating from national and state level information
Seek out examples of different implementations in other rural communities.
Write the Implementation plan inclusive of a comprehensive budget and oversight group

Applicants must have extensive experience facilitating meetings and experience working in and with either healthcare or justice functions.