Intervention and Postvention Programs
Lines for Life operates several specialized intervention programs designed to reduce barriers for those seeking help for substance use or mental health services, and postvention programs to assess and prevent further harm when a suicide death or attempt, or overdose occurs.
Substance Use Programs
Overdose Rapid Response
This collaboration with Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office, funded by Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), provides enhanced public health investigations of suspected fatal opioid overdoses. Through contact tracing and investigation into the networks of overdose victims, the Rapid Response Team provides proven prevention and harm reduction strategies including naloxone distribution and linkage to addiction treatment services in order to decrease the number of opioid overdoses.
Mental Health Programs
All hospitals in Oregon are now required to provide follow-up services to patients who visit an emergency department due to a mental health crisis or suicide attempt. Our Follow-Up Services partners with hospitals to meet this need.
Research shows that people experience heightened risk for suicide in the hours and days after being discharged from a suicide attempt hospitalization. We proactively intervene at this critical time, and programs like ours have been found to reduce patients’ suicide risk by 30-50 percent. We have followed up with hundreds of patients since Oregon policy changed in December 2018.
Acute Care Coordination
This program aims to reduce barriers to mental health services for youth in Oregon and help providers refer to appropriate care. The Acute Care Coordinator works with providers to identify barriers to care and track statewide vacancies at appropriate care facilities, to better serve young people in need of psychiatric care.
Suicide Rapid Response
Suicide Rapid Response helps Oregon’s communities heal from youth death by suicide, while limiting and containing risk of further harm by partnering with experts in the field to provide direct education, support, and resources.