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Opioid Affected Youth Initiative (OAYI)

Miami-Dade County is working with the Department of Justice – Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR), and Florida Department of Health as our research partner to develop data collection tools that will inform strategies and programs to be implemented by the County to address specific challenges resulting from the opioid epidemic.
The County is also working in partnership with representatives from law enforcement, education, probation and community supervision, juvenile court, mental health service providers, medical physicians/examiners, prosecutors, community-based organizations that address substance abuse, child welfare agencies, first responders, juvenile justice groups, and other community health agencies.
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As part of the OAYI project, our goal is to educate youth under 25 about the risks associated with opioid misuse and abuse.

Resources for students
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As part of the OAYI project, one of our goals is to educate parents and family about the risks associated with opioid misuse and abuse.

resources for parents
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Educators play such a vital role in helping children grow up safe, healthy and drug free.

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Tools & Resources

The Opioid Affected Youth Initiative is made possible through various partnerships with local organizations.

Through the NO OPIOIDS media campaign, OAYI is working to educate and increase awareness of the risks and behaviors associated with the use, abuse, and misuse of opioids in our County.

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About Us

The Miami-Dade County Office of Management and Budget was awarded a FY 2018 Opioid Affected Youth Initiative (OAYI) grant, which is a 3-year, $1 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). This initiative requires Miami-Dade County to develop data-driven, coordinated responses to identify and address challenges resulting from opioid abuse that are impacting youth and community safety.

The County is tasked with:

  • Developing a multidisciplinary task force with working groups to identify specific areas of concern;
  • Collecting and interpreting data that will assist the task force in developing strategies and programming that will be used to better coordinate response efforts and resources; and
  • Implementing services that will address public safety concerns, intervention, prevention, and diversion services for children, youth, and families directly impacted by opioid abuse.

The target population may include youth under the age of 25 who:

  • are at risk for abusing and/or misusing opioids or have abused and/or misused opioids;
  • may have family members abusing and/or misusing opioids;
  • have been impacted because the parent and/or legal guardian overdosed on opioids, or the parent/guardian has been placed in Termination of Parental Rights status; and/or
  • may become or have been the victim of crimes (criminal neglect, theft, exploitation, sexual abuse/assault, human trafficking, or child abuse) as a result of the opioid epidemic.