Torrance firefighter Trevor Borello, left, administers the second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Barbara Franco, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, at her apartment, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Torrance, Calif.

It Take a Village to Vaccine Homebound People

Health providers are ramping up efforts to find and reach millions of people in the U.S. who cannot leave their homes.

Portland Commissioner Supports Expansion of Street Response Program

The program sends a team of one paramedic and one social worker to assist those in crisis who are not believed to be a public safety threat, offering an unarmed alternative to a uniformed officer arriving on scene.
Edouard Joseph, 91, right, clasps his hands as geriatrician Megan Young, left, prepares to give him a COVID-19 vaccination at his home in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston.

AP-NORC Poll: Government Should Help Americans Age at Home

A majority of Americans agree that government should help people fulfill a widely held aspiration to age in their own homes, not institutional settings, a new poll finds.
In this Oct. 2020 photo, Crisis Workers, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Henry Cakebread and Ashley Barnhill-Hubbard with CAHOOTS, a mental health crisis intervention program, discuss their last encounter during their night shift in Eugene, Ore.

U.S. Government Funding Mental Health Crisis Teams to Stand in for Police

A new program will help communities set up mobile teams with mental health practitioners trained in de-escalating volatile situations.
A Santa Fe ambulance

Santa Fe (NM) Launches Alternative Response Unit for Low-Threat 911 Calls

The unit will be staffed by a paramedic, a police officer, and a case manager, all trained in crisis Intervention.
Grady EMS ambulances and a rainbow.

Grady Health System’s (GA) Mobile Integrated Health Program

This is a data analysis and program evaluation of Grady Memorial Hospital’s Mobile Integrated Health Program.
Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services logo

Frederick County (MD) Fire and Rescue to Continue Overdose Recovery Program

Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services is continuing to offer help to those afflicted with addiction.
An Airman assigned to the 911th Airlift Wing receives the COVID-19 vaccine at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Jan. 28, 2021.

Tampa (FL) Paramedics Vaccinate Homebound Residents

Florida rolled out a pilot program to vaccinate homebound residents in February — starting with 1,500 doses.
David Miller

Eagle County (CO) Paramedics Help Treat Opioid Overdoses in Homes

A new program launched by Eagle County Paramedic Services in partnership with Eagle Valley Behavioral Health and Vail Health hopes to prevent opioid overdoses and death with the use of naloxone in the home.
Oakland Fire Department

Oakland (CA) OKs Shifting Some Disturbance Calls from Police to Fire Department

The Oakland City Council voted Tuesday to create a new agency within the Fire Department to handle the behavioral calls.

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