Operation HOPE AD HOC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Operation HOPE, launched on Oct. 1, 2015 by the Scarborough Police Department, followed the PAARI model to create non-arrest pathways to support adults seeking recovery from opioids. The Maine Opiate Collaborative released a 2016 report citing Operation HOPE as a model program. One thousand Mainers had received help through the program by February 2023. (More about the scope of the crisis.)
Project GRACE was the initiative's fiscal sponsor from 2015 to 2019; however, it became increasingly clear that a more sustainable framework was needed. Project GRACE and the Scarborough Police Department convened an ad hoc advisory committee comprised of a cross-section of health, medical and analyst professionals in early 2018 to help chart the future for Operation HOPE. A USM Muskie School data integration project supported the ad hoc group's work with data analysis and literature survey. A final report was submitted to Project GRACE and the Scarborough Police Department in 2019.
February 2023: Operation HOPE Closes, Hopes for Regional Approach (Portland Press Herald. 02.15.23.)
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