Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition

A diverse group of stakeholders in Cincinnati, Ohio forming an action team that connects people to the right resources and treatments

The Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition (HC ARC) is a mix of community organizations, public officials, and faith and business leaders providing a comprehensive and collaborative response to the opioid crisis in Hamilton County, Ohio which contains the city of Cincinnati. Built on the four pillars of prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and interdiction, the coalition aims to connect people to the right resources and treatment. 

The coalition consists of the following six committees, with some of their successes highlighted:

  • Prevention - expanded safe medication disposal and school-based education on opioid use and misuse
  • Treatment - helped secure funding for treatment services, recovery housing, and peer support services
  • Harm Reduction - expanded naloxone distribution and access to syringe service programs in the county
  • Interdiction - launched a one-stop resource center, secured funding for a LEAD program, and successfully advocated for policy change
  • Faith - began the process of integrating harm reduction education and training into faith-based organizations
  • Business - newly formed committee; aims to expand workforce development and housing

Hamilton County implemented the first Quick Response Team in the country in 2015. 

After seeing a modest decrease in overdose deaths in Hamilton County in 2019, the coalition is putting more focus on long-term recovery support. The HC ARC is viewed as the experts on comprehensively addressing the opioid crisis in the county. More information on the coalition and its impact on the community can be found HC ARC's 2020 Annual Report

The HC ARC works closely with the University of Cincinatti/UC Health Opioid Task Force in addressing the opioid crisis in Hamilton County. 

Six committees...expanding prescription drug disposal, school-based education, harm reduction services, recovery housing, and peer support services. 

Continuum of Care
Full continuum of care
Harm Reduction
Type of Evidence
Response Approach
Housing, Education, and Employment
Overdose prevention
Recovery coaching
Syringe service program / Needle exchange
Peer-reviewed Article

Evidence of Program Effectiveness

This program has not been formally evaluated. However, some of the coalition's successes can be found in their 2020 Annual Report