Response to recovery hand-off


Challenge 5: Peer mentoring.


Peers who have successfully entered recovery and been sober for a meaningful amount of time often serve as informal mentors and counsellors to those struggling with addiction. No formalized system exists to connect peer mentors to those considering entering recovery.


Tools to organize peer mentor networks. Challenge teams should consider:

  • Possibility for a tool to notify peer mentors when someone has overdosed in order to counsel that person into treatment close to the overdose event
  • Filters to match mentors better (e.g., neighborhood, gender, age)

  • Ability for users to remain anonymous / protecting privacy


Challenge 6: Treatment resources and capacity.


Response staff lack resources to determine capacity for patients and to route them to other resources in the continuum of care.



Better referral tools for first responders and social service coordinators (e.g., in Emergency Departments). Challenge teams should consider:

  • Ability for real time updates from providers of detox, inpatient and other treatment services to reflect current capacity

  • Filters by neighborhood, treatment need, age/gender, and insurance coverage type

  • Access/permissioning for first responders, quick response teams, peer mentors, families and other community organizations

  • Potential to act as a local recovery “EMR” across the continuum of recovery care (e.g., patient can log in to give access to hospital staff, inpatient, outpatient providers as needed over times