Prepared by Debra L. McLaughlin, Coordinator, Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region
1) Increased distribution of Narcan to first responders by Tapestry in collaboration with the Opioid Task Force.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain Narcan. Calls or texts can also be made to Tapestry’s Mobile Outreach Line at 413-221-7722 between 10 AM - 2 PM, Monday through Friday.
2) Temporary quarters for Emergency Court Hearings located on the grounds of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, 160 Elm Street, Greenfield, MA.
- A trailer, outfitted with electricity, HVAC, and Internet access, was set up on the grounds of the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, 160 Elm Street, Greenfield as of May 1. Judges, court clerks, lawyers, and defendants will have a safe and confidential space to process these cases quickly until it is deemed for the courts to safely re-open to the public.
3) Continued reports of fatal and non-fatal opioid and other drug overdoses in the region, especially in the North Quabbin remains a significant concern.
4) Continued reports of deaths by suicide and suicide attempts.
5) Continued reports of individuals in mental health crisis. Crisis services calls are down but have capacity to respond to calls.
6) Access to services for the most vulnerable and those who are unhoused continues to be a challenge across the region, especially in Greenfield where a minimum of 40 individuals are seen by Tapestry’s mobile outreach team.
- OTF has created a resource sheet, which was shared broadly in the community with available outdoor, Wi-Fi hotspots, public restrooms, and port-a-potties and portable handwashing stations, along with other services such as Narcan access, pre-packaged foods/snacks, which can be found here.
NOTE: OTF has sharps containers in our office, with their inserts, that we could distribute for free to any municipality.
7) Uneven access to PPE, telephonic and telehealth services due to lack of phones, SIM cards, other technology (e.g. computers) and Wi-Fi for program participants and patients remain an issue.
8) Detoxes, residential treatment, and supportive sober housing facilities remain generally open, with increased COVID-19 screening procedures for staff and residents. Separate areas are being set-aside to isolate individuals, as needed.
9) DCF continues to report the removal of children due to opioid and substance misuse and overdoses.
10) Coalitions/family resource centers serving families report increased family stress, especially for parents in early recovery.
11) The RECOVER Project, North Quabbin Recovery Center, and Tapestry are making plans to safely reopen using the guidance from Governor Baker’s office and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. More details forthcoming as they become available.
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