2018 Champion City

Huntington, WV : 2018 Champion City

Tackling Compassion Fatigue for Huntington’s Opioid Emergency Responders

  • 48,113

  • Steve Williams

  • Directly Elected Mayor

    Type of Government
  • 4 years

    Length of Term
  • Health

    Issue Area

The Problem

Huntington’s first responders face 10 times the national average of opioid overdoses resulting in feelings of depleted empathy, higher turnover, and less capacity to deliver high-quality care.

The Idea

The City of Huntington will embed mental healthcare professionals within emergency response departments to provide in-house mental health support to first responders suffering from compassion fatigue and connect overdose victims to resources.

What Mayor Steve Williams is saying:

Our community will tackle the opioid crisis by embedding mental health professionals within emergency response departments. This is yet another innovative approach that shows Huntington is the epicenter for solutions to this nationwide problem.

Steve Williams, Mayor of Huntington, WV

Our Prototyping Journey