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In early 2024, we received support from NIH/NIDA for the next phase of our research developing the SHIELD model. This “SHIELD 2.0” study is designed to better understand the relationship between the behavioral health workforce (substance use treatment, harm reduction, and other professionals) and law enforcement. This project will build and test interventions that equip the behavioral health workforce to more effectively interface with law enforcement. Our goal is to reduce the number of adverse encounters between police and program staff and clients, optimize the public health and public safety benefits of harm reduction and substance use treatment services, and improve outcomes for program staff and clients, police, and the communities they serve.

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