Naloxone Request - FR-CARA
First Responders - Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act
OVERVIEWIn 2023, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) was awarded the First Responders- Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (FR-CARA) Grant by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The goal of the
FR-CARA Grant in Kentucky is to expand naloxone training and dispensing to first responders throughout rural counties and to increase awareness for ongoing harm reduction activities and personal safety measures for opioid exposures. KDPH is partnering with the Kentucky Pharmacists Association through the Kentucky Pharmacy Education and Research Foundation to distribute naloxone to first responder agencies. The project period for the FR-CARA Grant is from 09/30/2023- 09/29/2027.
ELIGIBLE AGENCIESCurrently, the FR-CARA Grant applies to the following types of agencies:
- Correctional Facilities (Detention Centers, Jails, Prisons, etc.)
- Emergency Management Agencies
- Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
- Fire Departments (Career & Volunteer)
- Law Enforcement Agencies (Constable, Fish and Wildlife, Police, Sheriff, State Police, etc.)
- Park Ranger Services
- Quick Response Teams
- Search and Rescue Teams
- Public Safety Offices (College, K-12 Schools, Universities)
To receive Naloxone Nasal Spray through the FR-CARA grant, all first responders from requesting agencies must be trained to administer the drug. Training focuses on how opioids and naloxone work, relative risks of fentanyl exposure, risk factors for opioid overdose, how to recognize/respond to an opioid overdose including how to administer and to properly store naloxone. An instructor-led class offering first responder training credits is available through online KY TRAIN or by live zoom from the Kentucky Pharmacists Association. Training can be requested by submitting the Naloxone Request Form in the section below.
REQUESTING NALOXONE NASAL SPRAY
First responder agencies can request naloxone and training by utilizing the following process:
- Step 1: Click the following link to access the Naloxone Request Form.
- Step 2: Fill out the Naloxone Request Form completely and be sure to indicate if training is being requested for staff.
Step 3: KDPH personnel will review and approve the request and forward to KPhA for distribution
Step 4: Approved naloxone requests will be shipped to the requesting agency or partnering LHD, if required.
REPORTING NALOXONE USAGE
Agencies that receive naloxone through the FR-CARA Grant must adhere to reporting requirements to support the program's goals, objectives, and continued funding. Agencies will report Naloxone usage/distribution by following agency-specific protocols AND by completing the Naloxone Data Collection Form using the following link or by emailing a written report to KY.FR-CARA@ky.gov