Project Updates

Heroin overdose prevention and education (HOPE) program

Communities throughout the nation are struggling to respond to the opioid epidemic. In New York City, Staten Island has been particularly hard hit, having the highest rate of drug overdoses among the five boroughs. With funding from the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, Metis Associates has begun an implementation evaluation of the Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education (HOPE) Program launched by the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office the in January, 2017 to address the severe situation in Staten Island. Working in partnership with NYPD, the Legal Aid Society, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Staten Island service providers, the HOPE Program is a pre-arraignment diversion program for people with a low-level drug arrest and little or no criminal record. The mixed-methods evaluation seeks to understand the program model and its delivery as well as the outcomes of participants during this formative stage of the program.

For information about the study, contact Donna Tapper