O2SL Mission Statement

The Operation to Saves Lives (O2SL) mission is to develop and support community-based, substance use and behavioral health services with a goal to measurably and significantly reduce overdose deaths while successfully engaging at-risk persons.

Why Us?

Collaborative community integration is central to O2SL with crucial stakeholder leadership from law enforcement, public health, and community executives
Stakeholder outreach and involvement integrates the recovery community, school districts, hospitals and healthcare providers, and local SUD coalitions.
Our program meets the required model for current opioid, stimulant and substance use federal grant funding opportunities

Strengthening the relationships between law enforcement, public health, and social working communities.

We know each play a significant and specialized role in addressing the opioid crisis.


Our program was created through a collaboration of law enforcement, public health, and community leadership in a Massachusetts county. It evolved to be a nationally recognized model that is being implemented and recommended across the country.

This multi-faceted program enables police departments to partner with public health, and community partners through a shared objective to save lives and support families.

This is Smart Policing, Community Policing 101 at its best through a public health lens. Our mission is to help those suffering from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) by introducing this at-risk population to the various pathways to treatment and recovery. We always offer caring, compassionate support for those struggling, their families, and their loved ones.

We have experienced and understand that there will be challenges when implementing this multi-institutional integrative health program. Our experts will train and mentor our clients through theses expected challenges based upon their past experiences while also being available to help address new challenges.


Operation 2 Save Lives recognizes that public health partner organizations must be mindful of various issues, including Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA), Personally Identifiable Information (PII), data sharing and privacy concerns. We have thoughtfully considered these issues throughout the development of our multi-faceted program.

Public Health and Public Safety, working hand in hand with one another is a critical component to our program’s success. We will help our law enforcement partners in utilizing their “front row seat” to the substance use and mental health disorder crisis, mentoring them to work in tandem with their public health colleagues.

We have created a playbook that has been recognized by public health experts that puts a focus on reducing overdose deaths and non-fatal overdoses, assists those suffering from substance use & mental health disorders connecting them to the diverse pathways to treatment and long-term recovery.

Our program focuses on the implementation of an outreach visit program conducted by combinations of plainclothes police outreach officers, working alongside certified recovery coaches, with combinations of licensed social workers, clinicians or other recognized outreach experts.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Overdose Report, June 2019, Dept Public Health Opioid Death Rate Report, and Boston Globe Op-Editorial Overdose Reductions)


Our program recognizes the inclusion of community partners, which includes a wide and diverse group. Community partners that have been at the forefront of addressing the substance use epidemic are the grassroots community substance use coalitions that exist in nearly every community across the country. The individuals leading these coalitions are a critical component in the establishment of your collaborative program.

The community may also include appointed and/or elected officials, mayors, town councils, a board of selectmen, elected state and/or federal legislators or officials.

Perhaps the most important community partner to have and whose voice must be heard at your table is the Recovery Community. The Recovery Community has for years been providing peer-mentoring, helping others find treatment and long-term recovery. Establishing these partnerships and relationships with your diverse group of community leaders and organizations is critical to the success of our program