On March 18, Cincinnati City Councilwoman Amy Murray, Cincinnati Health Commissioner Melba Moore and Interact for Health President and CEO Dr. O’dell Owens introduced Safe Places Cincy, a pilot program to proactively address addiction issues in our community.
Safe Places Cincy is filling a need: “We know that many of our treatment providers have space available,” said Dr. Owens, “but sometimes people can have trouble accessing the various treatment programs. Safe Places Cincy is about making connections between those struggling with addiction and substance abuse treatment providers.”
Here’s how the program works:
“Finding and navigating treatment can often be incredibly difficult for those struggling with addiction,” Murray said. “We are hoping this will be proactive in our fight against addiction by connecting those who want help to treatment.”
The program is for anyone with substance abuse addiction, not just those using opioids. It is open to people who live in Hamilton County or are eligible for Ohio Medicaid.
The Safe Places Cincy program is a logical role for public health, said Cincinnati Health Commissioner Moore. “We hope to build a more compassionate, educated health care system. Our staff already understand issues presented to first responders such as compassion fatigue. Our health care teams work with patients that present some challenging health issues. We hope the Safe Places Cincy program presents a way for them to feel like they are part of the solution to this epidemic.”
For more information about Safe Places Cincy, please call 513-357-7320 or visit www.safeplacescincy.org.
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