Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Awarded $100,000 Grant to Implement Quick Response Teams for Overdose Survivors

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office was awarded a $100,000 grant over two years from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to implement quick response teams which will help combat the opiate epidemic in Wayne County. Opiate related deaths increased markedly recently, from eight deaths in 2015 to 38 deaths last year, and over 600 drug overdoses in 2016.

 Quick Response Teams consist of law enforcement and recovery coaches visiting homes of overdose survivors to meet with them and their families to provide resources, including treatment options. The Quick Response Team grant is based on a successful model that is used in Hamilton County.

"From the law enforcement aspect, this grant allows us to provide a service that will save lives and reduce crime across Wayne County. Having an individual deputy able to focus his or her attention on overdosed survivors who have reached the lowest point in their lives, we will able to help people turn their lives around," Sheriff Travis Hutchinson, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

The overall goals of the quick response team are to reduce overdose deaths and to engage people in treatment to prevent reoccurring overdose relapses. Similar programs have a success rate of 70% of getting people into treatment from the intervention.

The grant was a collaborative project emanating from The Wayne County Opiate Task Force, a twenty member working group dedicated to reducing opiate deaths in the county. The grant deadline was a short, two-week turnaround. According to Captain Doug Hunter from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, "This grant could not have been completed if it were not for Kyle Putinski at United Way, who drafted the entire grant and led the grant-writing process." All $100,000 will go to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. United Way offered a gift in-kind for grant-writing and coordination of this grant.

"As backbone support of the Wayne County Opiate Taskforce and impact manager at United Way, my work focuses on aligning all of the partners who are addressing complicated social problems. Bringing quick response teams to Wayne County will give us another tool in our arsenal to transform the way we work with the opiate epidemic locally." –Kyle Putinski, Impact Manager, United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties

"Part of the goal is to reconnect people to society. We will be able to improve our workforce and make Wayne County a more viable community. This problem affects all aspects of our community, all walks of life, all socioeconomic statuses." –Vicky Hartzler, Associate Director, Mental Health and Recovery Board

"I am so pleased that our community was awarded this grant through Sheriff Hutchinson’s office. We have identified this as a critical strategy in our efforts to reduce the number of overdoses in Wayne County. It has the potential to make a real difference!" –Bobbi Douglas, Executive Director, OneEighty, Inc

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