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Structure & Leadership

The Community Overdose Action Team (COAT) is co-led by Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County and Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services.

The COAT operates under the Incident Command System (ICS) structure. ICS provides a comprehensive management system designed to enable community partners to work together to respond to local, state and federal emergencies. The structure includes a Steering Committee, Backbone Support, Data Unit, Joint Information Center (JIC), and eight operations branches focusing on the following areas related to drug overdose prevention: treatment and recovery, drug supply control, response, harm reduction, prescription, education and information, criminal justice, and prevention. Co-chairs of the operations branches are subject matter experts in the areas of focus.

COAT has over 200 members representing all sectors within our community including government, healthcare, faith-based, civic/volunteer organizations, law enforcement, fire/EMS, youth-serving organizations, schools, media, substance abuse organizations, concerned citizens, those in recovery, and families/friends of those in recovery.

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Backbone Support


Jennifer Wentzel

Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County


Helen Jones-Kelley

Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services


Commissioner Judy Dodge

Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners


Janine Howard
Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County


Kimberly Farrier
Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services

Brian Johns
Dayton Police Department

Marty Larson
Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association

Mary Kay Stirling
Mont. Co. Common Pleas Court

Daryl Wilson
Mont. Co. Sheriff’s Office

Jeff Jordan
Mont. Co. Office of Emergency Management

Joe Spitler
Mont. Co. Criminal Justice Council

Brooke Ehlers
Mont. Co. Coroner's Office

Steve Stein
Greater Miami Valley EMS Council

Cindy Heitman
Goodwill Easterseals

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