Below are a collection of articles in local media by Century Health staff.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced recently that the Findlay Police Department has been awarded a grant to establish a Quick Response Team (QRT). Such teams have been activated in communities across Ohio and the nation. The Hancock County team will include one Findlay Police Officer and one Quick Response Team Coordinator from Century Health, Inc.
The goal of the QRT is to provide timely response to those who survive an overdose. Within 72 hours of learning about an opiate overdose, the team will visit the survivor and offer education and referrals to drug treatment agencies for assessment, detoxification, on-going addiction treatment, and aftercare. A follow-up visit will also be provided by the Hancock Public Health Department to offer further education and provide Naloxone (a drug that rapidly reverses the effects of opioid overdose) to the individual and their family.
QRT teams work to reduce overdose-related deaths, reduce repeated overdoses, and increase the support network for survivors and their families. Some of the established programs report a 70% success rate in getting individuals linked with treatment or support services. “There is an increasing number of overdoses in our community and a coordinated team response like QRT is a program that the Findlay Police Department is interested in,” said Findlay Chief of Police John Dunbar.
Century Health has partnered with the Findlay Police Department to develop the team. Bill Fedirka, who is currently employed as a Peer Recovery Specialist for Century Health, will assume the duties of the QRT Coordinator for the project and will work with Cindi Orley, Century Health’s Criminal Justice Program Director.
“This program will be successful in part because of the wide base of support that exists within our community to combat the opiate crisis. Century Health appreciates the ongoing support of the Mayor’s office in developing such a team and we recognize the leadership provided by the Hancock County Opiate Task Force and the Alcohol Drug Addictions and Mental Health Services Board in combating this crisis and in putting the grant application together,” said Colleen Schlea, Century Health’s CEO.
Assisting the Findlay Police Department and Century Health in making the local team successful will include many other community partners including the Hancock County Health Department, the Blanchard Valley Health System, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, our local first responders, and several other treatment and support agencies.
Media representatives: For more information or to schedule an interview with Cindi Orley, the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator, contact Gary Bright at 419-427-5128, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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