SCOPE offers three related trainings:
1. Training for all first responders
This training discusses the pathophysiology of addiction and introduces innovations that first responders can implement to combat the opioid crisis.
- Substance Use Disorder 101 (Understanding the Opioid Public Health Crisis, The Role of Trauma in Substance Use, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and What is a Substance Use Disorder?)
- Recovery-Oriented System of Care (Resources for Survivors and Families, Referral to Local Treatment and Recovery Resources)
- Naloxone Administration and Leave Behind
- Understanding Barriers Created by Stigma and Bias (Empathy for Overdose Survivors)
2. Training for agency leadership
This training focuses on implementation of naloxone leave behind programs and warm handoff protocol development.
3. Training on first responder safety around illicit substances
This training discusses safety around substances like fentanyl and methamphetamine.
How do we measure training success?
PERU uses continuous quality improvement and program evaluation to measure each training’s success and identify possible areas of improvement, as well as barriers to implementing the programs discussed.
Pre- and Post-Tests
We use pre- and post-tests to measure knowledge attainment, change in attitudes, and areas for further growth.
For example: “True or False: Narcan will affect someone who has not overdosed.”
All participants complete a standardized evaluation at the end of all training sessions. The results are used to tailor training content, methodology, and delivery to ensure trainees receive the information they need.
Questions include: “PERU staff were professional in their interactions with our team” and “The content was relevant to my role.”