WHAT IS COMEBACK?

The Comeback Quick Response Team (QRT) program enlists a community-based team consisting of a police officer in plain clothes, a peer recovery coach, and a family recovery coach. Teams perform outreach at the homes of individuals and families impacted by substance use, offering resources such as:
 

  • Connection to inpatient and outpatient treatment services

  • Peer and family recovery coaching services

  • Naloxone/harm-reduction services

  • Referrals to other community resources

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The legal costs and stigma associated with incarceration only serve to exacerbate the substance use disorder problem, creating additional barriers to treatment for alcohol- and/or substance-related disorders. So, when law enforcement encounters an individual who has incurred recent charges involving alcohol or other substances, the QRT team will arrange a visit to the individual's home and attempt to make contact with them and offer recovery services. If the individual is not present at the home, the team will leave Families Against Narcotics (FAN) literature and contact information; if a family member is present and answers the door, that individual will be extended the same invaluable services.

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The QRT team arrives equipped with harm-reduction supplies such as naloxone (a.k.a., Narcan; training provided) and fentanyl test strips. They also provide information on local community resources, treatment placement assistance, access to resources outside of the criminal justice system, help with basic needs, and both peer and family support services.

 

Program goals:

  • Save lives

  • Eradicate stigma associated with the disease of addiction

  • Reduce barriers to care for people impacted by substance use

  • Assist in creation of community policing resources

  • Reduce rates of recidivism

 

The program launched with the Sterling Heights Police Department in February of 2020 and has now expanded to Roseville, Ferndale, Waterford, Midland, Saginaw, Taylor, Allen Park, Berkley, Madison Heights, Crawford County Sheriff's Office, Grayling, Otsego County Sheriff's Office, Gaylord, Troy, Oak Park, Farmington Hills, Southfield, Center Line, and Keego Harbor.