The Champion Plan

What is the Champion Plan?

  • The Champion Plan is a police assisted recovery program in Brockton that launched on February 29, 2016. The plan is meant to help place individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) who want help into the level of care they want; detoxification, CSS, outpatient, Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT), etc. Modeled after a similar program in Gloucester, individuals suffering with a SUD asking for help will receive it. Brockton’s police headquarters will serve as the point of entry.

How does the program work?

  • The only way to enter the program is by going to the Police Department, where the police will assist the individual with a SUD and/or their family. From there, Brockton-based non-profit, Gandara Center, will provide volunteers, most with lived experience, to support the people entering into the program. They will be taken to the Champion Plan Office, which will serve as a safe haven while they are waiting to get into a treatment facility or make their treatment plan. Once a bed at a treatment centers is available, Brewster Ambulance will provide transportation to the facility to begin their treatment.

Who can enter the program?

  • Any individual with a SUD who is seeking treatment is encouraged to take part in the Champion Plan. Non-residents of the city will be accepted. Even though the plan intends to serve all who ask for help, Brockton residents will be given preference. Be aware, those who have active warrants for their arrest will be placed in custody and have to go before the court before entering the program. By law, the police have to arrest those with outstanding warrants.  From Feb 29, 2016-December 31, 2016 seven individuals were detained due to warrants and all seven returned to the program, five within three days.  Once the warrants are cleared, individuals can enter the treatment program. People are asked to discard any drugs or drug paraphernalia before going into the police station.

Where is the Brockton police station?

  • The Police Department is located at 7 Commercial St. near downtown and between Court and Centre streets. The main entrance is at the top of a winding one-way ramp that also serves as a drop-off point for the downtown commuter rail station. Visitor parking is to the right of the building at the top of the ramp. People are asked to park in marked visitor spaces and to not block the road since it is used as an emergency road for the police. Those coming from Route 24 should get off at Exit 17A toward Brockton. Follow Belmont Street (or Route 123) for about three miles until the road ends at Main Street. Turn left onto Main Street and take your first right onto Crescent Street (Route 27). After about a quarter-mile on Crescent Street, turn left onto Commercial Street and look for the Police Department on your left.

How does the plan differ from others?

  • The aim of the Champion Plan is to expand resources for individuals with substance use disorders rather than putting them behind bars – a plan similar to the groundbreaking approach put in place by the Gloucester Police Department and a program that launched in East Bridgewater. Since starting last June, the Gloucester Police Department’s Angel initiative has helped place 400 people into treatment. In East Bridgewater, 35 people have been placed at treatment facilities. The Brockton plan has similarities to both programs. One difference, however, is that each person seeking help will be asked if he or she has served in the military. Those eligible for VA care will be sent to Brockton’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center, freeing up a bed at another local treatment center. The VA hospital has an overnight treatment facility for mental health and substance abuse with 123 beds.
  • Each individual that comes through the Champion Plan is paired with a Recovery Coach that will follow up within 72 hours and help support and guide the individual through their journey as little or as much as they want it. Follow up will then occur after 1 week, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 1 year, 16 months, 20 months and 2 years.  Once you enter the program, you are part of the Champion Plan family!

Champion Plan Statistics

Between 2/29/16 and 12/31/16, there were 279 unique clients that produced 392 intakes.

  • 210 (75%) of clients had one intake in the ten month time frame.
  • 69 (25%) clients had multiple intakes.
Type of Treatment Number of Clients (Percentage)
Detox 340 (87%)
Hospital 16 (4%)
Outpatient 14 (4%)
CSS 4 (1%)
Refused Treatment 12 (3%)


Demographics of these clients looked like:

  • 124 (45%) of clients are between the ages of 25-34.
  • 44 (45%) of clients were residents of the city of Brockton.
  • 145 (81%) were white, 12 (7%) Cape Verdean, 11 (6%) Hispanic, 7 (4%) African American, and 3 (2%) other.
  • Homelessness is a major risk factor for this population. Almost two-thirds (181) of the clients were homeless as of the latest intake on file with the program.
  • 162 (58%) report having children.
  • 171 (61%) report having a mental health diagnosis.
  • Almost 50% of the individuals report their last substance used was some form of opiate including Heroin, Percocet, and Fentanyl.
    • Heroin, 40% (146) was the most widely stated last used substance followed by alcohol at 23% (80).

Follow Up Data

  • For the 392 unique clients served by the Champion Plan in 2016, program staff conducted at least 1 follow-up with 387 clients. Program staff have conducted 1,364 follow-up contacts for those 387 clients;
  • In those instances where Champion Staff were able to reach clients or third parties such as treatment specialists or family/friends, evidence indicates many clients maintain some connection to treatment. For example, there were 505 (50%) reports of clients being in “in-patient” treatment;
  • Those contacted during follow-ups also reported maintaining additional supports. For example, there were 658 reports (66%) of clients working with recovery coaches.
  • Over 90% of individuals report that the police cared and respected them
  • 99% on individuals reported that Champion Plan staff cared and respected them.

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