October 31, 2023

Indiana Statewide Mobile Integrated Response System Program Evaluation

Third Horizon Strategies

Third Horizon Strategies

October 31, 2023 – The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration – Division of Mental Health & Addiction (DMHA) developed the Mobile Integrated Response System (MIRS) using federal funding provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), State Opioid Response (SOR) grant. The MIRS program was designed to serve people with opioid use disorder (OUD) starting in 2019, and in 2020, stimulant use disorders were added. The program uses a combination of the Trauma-Informed – Recovery Oriented System of Care (TI-ROSC) and community-based mobile response teams to close critical system gaps in local regions. MIRS sites partner with various health, criminal justice, and social systems to provide a multi-faceted, integrated approach for those experiencing OUD and stimulant use disorders. The core function of a MIRS team is to provide a warm handoff for the individual to the next appropriate intervention and step towards recovery.

In the Fall of 2022, DMHA selected Third Horizon Strategies (THS) to evaluate the MIRS program statewide for service delivery, quality, capacity, outcomes, and sustainability and provide DMHA with recommendations for the MIRS program sustainability long-term. THS authored a report of its findings, including key observations and recommendations.

Third Horizon Strategies is a boutique advisory firm focused on shaping a future system that actualizes a sustainable culture of health nationwide. The firm offers a 360º view of complex challenges across three horizons – past, present, and future – to help industry leaders and policymakers interpret signals and trends; design integrated systems; and enact changes so that all communities, families, and individuals can thrive.