New Peer Response Team Formed in Response to Opioid Epidemic

New Peer Response Team Formed in Response to Opioid Epidemic


(BINGHAMTON, NY) Several partner agencies of the Broome Opioid Abuse Council (BOAC) have collaborated to form a new Peer Response Team that is helping to link at-risk individuals to treatment and support services in Broome County.

The groups involved in this initiative include local law enforcement agencies across the county, the Broome County District Attorney’s Office, Broome County Health Department, Broome County Office of Emergency Services, Broome County Mental Health, The Addiction Center of Broome County, UHS, Fairview Recovery Services and Lourdes Hospital.

“This initiative truly shows there are people in this community willing to go above and beyond to help fight this public health emergency in Broome County of the opioid epidemic,” said Rebecca Kaufman, Director of Public Health for Broome County and BOAC Coordinator. “By linking individuals who need the help with the help available, we are working to connect people to the resources we have to get on the road to recovery.”

The Broome Intelligence Center identifies people they feel are at-risk for an opioid overdose and then notifies the Addiction Center of Broome County (ACBC).

Certified peer recovery advocates from ACBC then work directly with law enforcement to establish contact with these individuals and attempt to conduct wellness checks. A representative from the Broome County District Attorney’s Office has partnered with peer advocates to implement this service.


The peer advocates are assisting people with finding treatment options and support groups. In addition, peers are providing information on housing, social services, transportation or other needs the person may be struggling with if he/she is not ready for treatment at that time.


UHS has recently launched an emergency department navigator program in Binghamton General Hospital. Care navigators in the hospital are working to help individuals who present to the emergency room with an overdose. Care navigators are offering information to link these individuals to the treatment and recovery resources and support groups.



Fairview Recovery Services will be training additional peers to be available to help support this effort.

08/10/2017 - 11:17am