Our Teams and Programs

The Baltimore City Health Department houses 3 teams to address the opioid crisis. Our Opioid Overdose Prevention Team, Community Risk Reduction Services, and Healthcare on the SPOT team work dilligently to address the needs of both clients and community members. With strategic planning, harm reduction , and access to treatment and care, our programs aim to increase quality of life for residents living with substance use disorder.

“The strength of the team is each individual member, the strength of each member is the team.”

Brittney Spencer, Director, Opioid Overdose Prevention
Email: brittney.spencer@baltimorecity.gov
Cell Phone: 410-913-4073

Joy Barnes, Overdose Fatality Review Coordinator
Email: joy.barnes@baltimorecity.gov
Cell Phone: 410-598-5359

Rania Mohamed, Community Engagement Liaison
Email: rania.mohamed@baltimorecity.gov
Cell Phone: 410-598-4975

The Opioid Overdose Prevention Team initiatives:

The Overdose Fatality Review Team
A citywide convening of stakeholders responsible for reviewing and investigating overdose death cases in Baltimore City, in order to provide local and statewide recommendations to improve health outcomes for individuals living with substance use disorders and their families

The Overdose Response Program Committee (ORP)
A citywide convening of ORP’s, who are responsible for coordinating naloxone distribution and co-locating resources to communities in need.
– Naloxone trainings for organizations and community members
– Coordinating access to treatment in Baltimore’s medical system through Levels of Care
-Collaborating with EMS for naloxone distribution through EMS Leave Behind
– Organizing waivered clinicians to help increase access to treatment using our Hub and Spokes Model
– Hosting community events across the city
– Creating education and media campaigns surrounding stigma and substance use disorder

For more information please contact Joy Barnes at joy.barnes@baltimorecity.gov

The Opioid Intervention Team (OIT)
The Opioid Intervention Team (OIT) helps focus and invigorate efforts to combat overdose deaths in Baltimore City. Comprised of governmental, medical, and community-based partners, the OIT is charged with development of a citywide response plan that reflects the needs of the citizens of Baltimore city. The OIT acts as a steering committee that decides on the priorities and manages the general course of coordinated, city-wide efforts. The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) provides structure and support for the OIT.

For more information please contact Brittney Spencer at brittney.spencer@baltimorecity.gov

The Mobile Unit Coalition
In partnership with Sister’s Together and Reaching (STAR), The Baltimore City Health Department hosts a citywide convening of local non-profit, community based organizations, and city agencies with mobile vans in Baltimore that serve residents.

Mission: The Mobile Coalition exists to provide cohesive, collaborative community-level prevention services to the disenfranchised at-risk populations of Baltimore City.

For more information please contact Rania Mohamed at rania.mohamed@baltimorecity.gov

Community Risk Reduction Team/Syringe Exchange Program

The Baltimore City Syringe Exchange Program (SSP) seeks to reduce HIV, hepatitis C, and other infections by reducing the circulation of unclean syringes. The program also helps individuals with substance use disorders overcome addiction by linking them to drug treatment services. The program provides counseling and testing for HIV and syphilis. Opioid overdose response training is also offered at all locations. NEP services are provided in 16 locations during 26 weekly time slots throughout the city of Baltimore.

The mission of Community Risk Reduction Services is to deliver free and confidential quality HIV prevention and harm reduction education and services in communities within Baltimore City, via mobile and other outreach methods, in a non-judgmental manner that reduces the negative consequences of drug use among high-risk individuals and the general public.

The vision for Community Risk Reduction Services for 2018-2019 is to expand the capacity and accessibility to a continuum of comprehensive harm reduction-centered services for all individuals with substance use disorders in Baltimore City, and surrounding jurisdictions.

For information about times and locations please visit https://health.baltimorecity.gov/hiv-std-services/community-risk-reduction or contact one of our team members:

Derrick Hunt, Director, Community Risk Reduction Services: derrick.hunt@baltimorecity.gov, (410) 396-3733

Jeffrey Long, Deputy Director, Community Risk Reduction Services: jeffrey.long@baltimorecity.gov, (410) 396-6777

Lisa Parker, Assistant Director, Community Risk Reduction Services: lisa.parker@baltimorecity.gov, (410) 396-3731

Healthcare on The SPOT Mobile Unit

The Healthcare on The SPOT Mobile Unit: The SPOT mobile van team provides low threshold treatment to Substance Use Disorder (SUD), prescribing Buprenorphine and ensuring all patients receive the best treatment options for them. All patients are seen, regardless of insurance.
The team offers confidential services such as:
– STI/HIV testing and treatment
– PrEP and PEP for HIV prevention
– Hepatitis C testing and treatment
– Buprenorphine
– Wound care
– Case management

Call (410) 340-9445 or (410) 241-7240 for van schedule & locations

Or Contact: Bobby Harris, Director, Clinical Services at robert.harris@baltimorecity.gov

BCHD’s five-pronged strategy for combatting the opioid crisis:

Save lives with naloxone – When administered to an individual experiencing an overdose, this antidote medication can take them from near-death to walking and talking in a matter of minutes. The first step in fighting the opioid crisis is the acute response: saving lives today by getting naloxone into the hands of first responders and bystanders alike.

Increase access to on-demand, evidence-based treatment – BCHD endorses evidence-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT), along with social and wraparound services to treat the disease of opioid addiction.

Fight the stigma of addiction through education – Addiction is a disease. Similar to heart disease, addiction is preventable and treatable. For more information on fighting the stigma of addiction and educational materials about addiction.

Prevention – Prevention is a vital role in combating the opioid epidemic before it even starts. Prevention and early intervention strategies reduce the impacts of substance use and mental health disorders. Our team’s primary prevention focus is on Baltimore City youth.

Data – Utilizing data and trends to inform health strategies to increase quality of life for residents of Baltimore