Project Term: 12 months; Ended 2019
Grant Amount: $50,000
United Way of Yellowstone County brought together two groups working on related challenges in Billings—the Billings Substance Abuse Connect coalition and the Billings Continuum of Care—to develop a working partnership through which to pool resources, share data, and make significant progress in reducing substance abuse and homelessness. As part of the project, each coalition completed a needs and resource assessment, a joint strategic plan, a governance structure, and they built a shared data platform to guide and track their activities. As a result of this collaborative work, United Way received over $1 million from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, $200,000 in County Matching Grant funds, and $70,000 in local donations. The coalitions are using these grants to establish diversion and treatment services, like a community crisis line, a mobile crisis response team, and training for law enforcement and first responders in de-escalation strategies. An innovation spotlight summary of the project can be found here.