Brave Buttons

Overdose Detection for Supportive Housing

Small safety buttons designed for supportive housing, veteran housing, emergency shelters, and complex care environments. Brave Buttons keep residents safe by allowing them to connect with staff when they need care.

Facilitated nearly 5,000 connections to care
Reversed 100+ overdoses
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Why Overdose Detection Buttons?

In some areas, nearly half of overdose deaths occur in public housing. Building managers need solutions that protect residents and staff.

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    Eliminate overdose fatalities by letting residents request safety checks.
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    Protect frontline workers from trauma and burnout.
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    Save $400 for every dollar you invest in Brave.*

*Impactable X (October 2021), Brave Social Impact Report

How Brave Buttons Work

  1. Building managers install Brave Buttons in each unit and common area.
  2. An individual presses a button once to request a non-emergency check-in, or more than once to indicate an emergency.
  3. The Responder Phone receives a text message, letting the designated responder know where help is needed and how urgent the request is.
  4. The designated responder reads the message and responds OK to indicate they are going to check that location.
  5. After they check in with the resident, they can use the Responder Phone to log details of the event and outcome.

The Brave Buttons System includes three basic parts: Buttons, Hubs, and Responder Phones.* All three parts work together to get a signal from the resident or visitor pressing a button to a staff member or peer responder via the Responder Phone.

*Responder Phones are provided by the client.

Give Staff & Residents Peace of Mind

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Jackie Forman
CEO at Company

“[Brave Buttons] have provided a new level of safety in the building.”

Building Staff

“When residents press the button, they do it knowing that they aren’t being judged, but that they are being loved.”

Shawna Blomskog
Button Project Manager

"[The Brave system is] incredible. I just love the peace of mind it’s given me, especially on graveyard [shifts]. It’s given the whole building more of a sense of security."

Building Manager

Remote Implementation Support

Brave works hand-in-hand with your team to provide remote setup and implementation support to help you get your Brave Buttons up and running once they arrive. We break installation down into four phases.

Phase 1

Meet Your Buttons System

Unbox your Buttons System.
Make a map or list of the locations where hubs and Buttons will be installed.
Conduct initial Q and A sessions with staff and residents.
Three people working together to make a map of where Brave tools will be installed in their building
Phase 2

Prep for Installation Day

Set a date for installation.
Host staff and resident onboarding sessions.
Start promoting with flyers, posters, community announcements, social media, etc.
Obtain any resident consent needed prior to installation.
Establish protocols for the Responder Phone.
Do pre-installation discoveries and surveys as needed.
A team of people preparing to install Brave Buttons in their supportive housing building
Phase 3

Install Buttons System

Install the hubs and check with the Brave team to ensure they’re all online.
Install the individual Buttons in units and conduct testing.
Update the map or list you originally prepared as needed.
QA test the system hardware and software.
Three pill-shaped rectangles connected by dotted lines. They read: Buttons installed, Buttons online, and Buttons tested.
Phase 4

Test, Share & Learn

Announce Brave Buttons to the broader community.
Emphasize responsiveness and trust-building.
Do post-installation discoveries and surveys as needed.
Three people sharing their learnings after they’ve installed Brave Buttons in their supportive housing building

Overdose Detection at a Price You Can Afford

Brave Buttons are available at an affordable price to make overdose detection accessible to everyone.

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    $100 per button per year
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    $2,000 one-time set-up & configuration fee

Need to Calculate Costs for Your Building?

This simple calculator will help you factor how much it will cost to install Brave Overdose Detection tools in your buildings.


There’s a one-time $2,000 set-up and configuration fee for each system installation.

How many buildings will you install Brave tools in?

Each building typically requires a separate installation, with two exceptions: 

  • Multiple buildings can share an installation fee if both (or all) buildings have a single Responder Phone. 
  • If a single building is home to multiple programs (like a drop-in center on the first floors and supportive living on the second floor), and both programs have their own designated responders, they will each need a separate installation.


Brave Buttons cost $100 per button per year.

How many rooms do you want to place buttons in?

People typically include all bedrooms or private quarters.

How many common areas do you want to place buttons in?

Count each area where people congregate, like kitchens, living rooms, waiting rooms, etc.


Brave Sensors cost $500 per button per year.

How many shared-access bathrooms do you want to install sensors in?

Brave Sensors are designed for single-stall bathrooms. They can work in multi-stall bathrooms with ceiling-to-floor partitions between each stall. In this case, count each stall.




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one time set-up fee

*These totals are estimates based on the information you provided. 
**Brave licenses its tools for 3-year subscriptions. 

If you have questions about pricing, or have a unique situation or space, you can connect with us through our website chat or email us at

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Frequently Asked Questions

Brave recognizes the importance of a system like this being dependable and we take steps to mitigate any causes for failure. While nothing is ever 100% effective, we work to ensure that these alerts are as reliable as we can make them.

Lost, stolen or destroyed hardware will need to be replaced at their current replacement cost.

Faulty hardware will be replaced at no cost. Brave may opt to replace hardware to ensure the most efficient and up-to-date system.

The yearly fee is a subscription fee for the device and supporting service. It covers regular over-the-air improvements, new features, updates and bug fixes, as well as support and maintenance.

The initial fee covers remote installation, setup and configuration of the system, and initial testing to ensure the system is functioning properly.

The Designated Responder could go to the Button's location, say that they are responding to a Button press, and ask if anyone needs support.

Yes. Please reach out to to ask us to connect you.

No, we never automatically send anything to 911.

We can send alert messages as SMS texts to anything that can send or receive text messages. If a tablet is hooked up to the phone number where alerts are sent, then it may work. A landline will NOT work, as it cannot receive SMS texts. If the computer is hooked up to a phone line (like VoIP) then it might work, but only if the connection allows for texts to be sent from the computer as well. Email will NOT work, and neither will an existing security system.

Alerts are sent to a designated responder device, usually a Responder Phone. If there is no response from the responder device, the backup phone number will be notified. There can be more than one backup number.

No, the alert messages that are sent as SMS texts to Responder Phones cannot be customized at this time.

No, Brave does not physically install the Buttons. We do provide remote installation support to walk you through the easy installation process.

No. You will need to provide the Responder Phone that SMS text alerts are sent to. You can use any phone for this, as long as it can send and receive text messages.

The Buttons System comes with its own cellular internet connection.

No. Buttons are fixed to static locations in each room and/or common area of a building.

Most locations do not require Wi-Fi or internet access. We will confirm this when you place your order.

Don’t see the answer to your question? Ask our team through the chat box in the bottom right corner of this page.