COAT Earns National Recognition as a Model Program

Montgomery County’s Community Overdose Action Team (COAT) has been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), as a winner of the 2019 Model Practice Award.

The COAT, co- led by Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County and Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services (ADAMHS), works collaboratively with community partners using the Incident Command System structure to help reduce the number of people dying from overdoses in Montgomery County.

NACCHO’s Model Practice Awards is an annual recognition of programs demonstrating exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a critical local public health need. This year, 53 outstanding local health department programs have received this recognition, addressing a broad range of public health issues, including immunization, infectious diseases, environmental health, and emergency preparedness. 

Winning projects, as determined through a competitive, peer-reviewed process, will be added to NACCHO’s Model Practice searchable online database. There, other local health departments can review these best practices and adopt them for use in their local community.