First responder perceptions of the system of care and people who use drugs: Spanning boundaries

Natasha S. Mendoza, Tasha Holmes

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Addressing the beliefs of first responders about people who use drugs and the system of care with which they interact must be part and parcel to addressing the opioid crisis. Using a boundary spanning framework, we examine how first responders perceive community behavioral health. With qualitative methods, we asked: What are first responders' lived experiences on the frontlines of the opioid crisis? In sum, it is important to consider that there is a critical role that first responders could play in brokering services when they are not themselves behavioral health practitioners but are, importantly, boundary spanners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • behavioral health
  • boundary spanning
  • crisis response
  • emergency medical
  • first responder
  • people who use drugs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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