Connections to care are critical, whether for diabetes, heart disease or any other medical condition.
The same is true for addiction. When people with a substance use disorder—be it heroin, alcohol or other drugs—are ready for treatment, systems need to be in place to connect them with evidence-based programs.
A variety of resources are available for recovery in our community, but often connections are missed.
Safe Places Cincy helps to link people and treatment providers. People with addiction can walk in to any of the Cincinnati Health Department’s health centers. Once there, patients are evaluated by specially trained public health staff and transported to the treatment program via Uber Health.
Since it launched in March, Safe Places Cincy has helped about 20 people find treatment.
The program brings together a variety of partners, including Cincinnati Health Department, Interact for Health, Cincinnati Council Member Amy Murray, Uber Health and three treatment providers (Talbert House, Center for Addiction Treatment and BrightView).
Safe Places Cincy is open to people living in Hamilton County or who are eligible for Ohio Medicaid. For more information about the program, including a list of locations, visit www.safeplacescincy.org. For information about treatment options in Northern Kentucky, call the regional help line at 859-415-9280 and in Southeastern Indiana, call the Community Mental Health Center at 812-532-3420.
Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens is the president and chief executive officer of Interact for Health and InterAct for Change. Dr. Owens is a reproductive endocrinologist. He earned an MD, an OB/GYN residency and a master’s of public health degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He also obtained a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Harvard Medical School. In recent years, Dr. Owens has served as the Hamilton County Coroner, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President, and Interim Health Commissioner and Medical Director of the Cincinnati Health Department.
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