Indiana Agencies Work Together to Help People With Addiction Problems – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville
A recent partnership between two community agencies in Clark County is helping identify people with addiction problems and provide them with the help they need.
Project Cares, an initiative between the Jeffersonville Police Department and LifeSpring Health Systems, IIt is designed to help combat the constant number of overdoses in the county. It started in August Funded by a $ 750,000 grant from the US Department of Justice.
The officers refer people who may need help to LifeSpring staff, and a response team – consisting of a social worker, officers, and a peer recovery coach – follows. For overdoses, the goal is to reconnect with the person between 24 and 72 hours after the incident.
“I think that being able to contact you and being able to react fairly quickly after someone overdoses and using a peer… success,” said Denise Poukish, senior vice president of Forensic Services, LifeSpring.
Since launching a few months ago, Jeffersonville Police Assistant Scott McVoy said officers have made 51 face-to-face contacts, 41 of whom were able to get some type of service at LifeSpring.
“If we can get 41 people on the door of LifeSprings to either improve their lives, mentally, or not to rely on substance abuse, it will be a huge achievement for the community,” he said.
McVoy said they also reached more than 80 people by phone, some of whom may live in other areas.
The team also conducts other missions in places like homeless camps and is in contact with people who have been cited or arrested for drug offenses.
“We see where you are, try to pick you up where you are: if you are interested in drug treatment, if you are interested in outpatient services, inpatient services, if you just want to find out about the syringe exchange program if you have problems with Homeless, ”she said.
For more information on the services LifeSpring offers, please visit www.lifespringhealthsystems.org.