UNSHAME Tampa Bay
BRIDGES NOT BARRIERS
Bridges not Barriers brings us together local RCOs, hospital systems, and law enforcement agencies across Tampa Bay to increase access to treatment and reduce barriers to maintaining recovery for people with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in the Tampa Bay Region. We will do this in four evidence-based, data-informed ways:
- Increase the number of hospitals with bridge programs in the Tampa Bay region,
- Increase the efficacy of left behind and SUD outreach programs by law enforcement agencies in the Tampa Bay region,
- Increase number and diversity of peer support specialists being certified in the Tampa Bay region
- Increase sober housing stock in the Tampa Bay region.
All four fingers of this approach to increasing retention in recovery or connection to treatment have been shown to be effective within peer-reviewed literature. More importantly, all four approaches have specifically been determined as areas of need within the Tampa Bay region (Sharp 2021).
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