March 31, 2017The Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board recently received $100,000 to fund a Quick Response Team (QRT) in Clermont County. The QRT is a new approach to fighting the heroin epidemic. The team consists of firstresponders and treatment professionals. With a QRT, the goal is to get people into treatment following an overdose.
“In Clermont County, increased naloxone distribution and heightened awareness mean that more people are surviving opioid overdoses,” said Dr. Lee Ann Watson, Associate Director of the MHRB, and Co-Chair of the County’s Opiate Task Force. “The QRT will partner first responders with treatment professionals who can connect people to needed substance use disorder treatment at a time they are most actively seeking it.” The funding for the Clermont County QRT came from the Funders’ Response to the Heroin Epidemic (FRHE), a collaboration of private donors dedicated to ending the heroin epidemic in the Greater Cincinnati Region.
The Clermont County QRT will receive consultation from the Hamilton County QRT as it sets up operations. It will primarily be a partnership between the Union Township Fire Department and the Clermont Recovery Center. The Clermont County QRT will include several members:• 1 Recovery Coach (funded by FRHE)• 3 Recovery Coach Specialists• 1 Outreach Worker• 1 Counselor/Case Manager• 1 Fire/EMS representative (Union Township has committed to providing 1 FTE to the team)
Overdose survivors will either be identified by the Mercy Clermont emergency department, or by Union Township dispatch information. Members of the QRT will follow up with overdose survivors within five working days, reaching an estimated 150 individuals per year.
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