LOUISVILLE, KY – Operation 2 Save Lives (O2SL) & QRT National recently delivered training to Louisville agencies on the Situation Table, a strategy that facilitates multi-agency interventions for those at risk of experiencing a crisis.
The training was sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (HBFF) with support from the Kentucky Criminal Justice Forum and community partners, KY Opioid Response Effort and KY Primary Care Association. The two-day training took place from July 26-27 at the Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center and was delivered by instructors from O2SL & QRT National and HBFF.
The training focused on preparing the attending agencies with the skills and lessons necessary to form a Situation Table. A Situation Table is a unique, risk-based rapid triage model that brings together multiple human service providers to address situations where individuals and/or families are facing a specific threshold of Acutely Elevated Risk.
Through the model, an individual or family at Acutely Elevated Risk would be referred to the Situation Table for consideration of possible intervention before a crisis occurs. The Table participants will collaborate and discuss the identified risk factors and possible services. Upon reaching a consensus, the Table would identify a team of agencies to attempt to locate the individual or family and connect them to services.
Situation Tables are comprised of representatives from various public safety agencies, public health agencies and service providers in participating communities. Approximately 20 executives, supervisors, front-line responders and community engagers from 14 agencies who work with vulnerable populations participated in the training.
“We were pleased to partner once again with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and community partners to bring Situation Table training to additional agencies and service providers in Kentucky,” said Michael Botieri, O2SL & QRT National Vice President of Business Development. “It was great to see the engagement and excitement from our Louisville attendees and we look forward to seeing their Situation Table in action.”
The HUB Situation Table model was developed in Canada by Global Network for Community Safety (Global Network), a Canadian-based firm that focuses on innovations to improve community safety and wellbeing across Canada and in the U.S. Through the O2SL and QRT National – Global Network partnership, the organizations work cross-border to collectively provide multi-agency community responses to address issues of marginalization, for pre-crisis identification and crisis interventions, while creating pathways to care and support. Their combined expertise and suite of services – based on internationally recognized best past practices – help provide communities with tailored responses to meet their current needs, and the ability to rapidly adjust to an evolving landscape of risk factors including those around substance use disorders, mental health disorders, and related social health issues.