How Will Akron Work to Beat the Epidemic in 2018?

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01/04/2018

Jerry Craig, Executive Director at Summit County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health

What was great about 2017?

In 2017 the ADM Board enhanced the community’s ability to gain access to treatment for addiction. The ADM Addiction Helpline (330-940-1133) is available to help citizens connect with addiction treatment with only one phone call. Additionally, the establishment of the Quick Response Teams (QRTs) in 10 communities around Summit County was a critical advancement in helping people gain access to treatment. In 2017 QRTs were responsible for helping 344 people connect with services after they experienced an overdose.

How are you building on that?

The QRTs are currently reaching out to over 85 percent of the individuals who experience overdoses and we will continue to assist communities in expanding and improving this program. We also are adding recovery coaching services to the Addiction Helpline and our local agencies to help support individuals struggling with addiction and/or in the early phases of recovery.

What are you excited about doing in 2018?

Rather than excited, I should say we are “motivated” by the fact that opiate overdose deaths are declining. We want to continue that trend by developing and growing the positive programs we established in 2017, with the ultimate goal of preventing accidental overdose and the painful impact it has on individuals and families in our community.

What do you hope to see happen for Akron in 2018?

My hope for Akron and all of Summit County is that we are a healthier community than we were last year and we continue to help those when they need it the most.

 

Deborah Foster-Koch, Executive Director of IBH Addiction Recovery Center

What was great about your 2017?

IBH Addiction Recovery Center added 25 beds in late 2016 and 2017.  We were privileged to serve four hundred ninety (490) people from January 1, 2017 through December 15, 2017, primarily through funding from the County of Summit ADM Board and the City of Akron.   

How are you building on that?

We want our services to be even better in 2018.  To that end, our counselors and counselor supervisors took advantage of Cognitive Behavior Therapy training offered through the County of Summit ADM Board.   

What are you excited about doing in 2018?

We are looking at expanding our services, especially what we can offer through the IBH REACH Project.  The months following residential treatment can be very tough for people who are trying to rebuild their lives, and the IBH REACH Project is looking at ways we could help with employment.

What do you hope to see happen for Akron in 2018?

Keep volunteering or start volunteering!  There is always someone who can benefit from what you know or what you can do.

 

Raynard Dean Packard, Director of The Packard Institute

What was great about your 2017?

Between the institutes in OH and FL, we provided recovery-oriented systems of care to over 600 families. In Akron, we added an additional co-ed Recovery Residence for young adults in West Hill to our existing Highland Square home. During Hurricane Irma at the Florida Institute we were able to provide shelter to senior citizens, and in the aftermath, we provided shelter to families with children who had lost power in their homes. We provide healing retreats there year-round to Akron area families.

How are you building on that?

The need is so great (and growing) that we will add as may additional co-ed Recovery Residences as we can acquire and adequately staff, focusing on historically underserved populations.

What are you excited about doing in 2018?

In 2018 The Packard Institute is launching the midwest’s first Recovery Coach Academy. The campus is located in West Hill.

What do you hope to see happen for Akron in 2018?

Reductions in opioid OD deaths.

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