A $15,675 opioid response grant from Colorado’s Department of Human Services to the Community Reach Center should help criminal justice staff in Adams County learn more effective ways to use …
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A $15,675 opioid response grant from Colorado’s Department of Human Services to the Community Reach Center should help criminal justice staff in Adams County learn more effective ways to use naloxone and improve treatment for substance abusing individuals.
Community Reach Center received the State Opioid Response Grant through the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The effort is meant to help opioid-using Adams County inmates and other individuals in the community who interact frequently with police and the criminal justice officials.
“Community Reach Center has been active in addressing risks associated with opiate abuse, including developing a (medication-assisted treatment) program last year to help ease the discomfort of withdrawal,” said Community Reach CEO Rick Doucet.
Naloxone, sold under the brand name “Narcan,” blocks the effects of most opioids. It can be used to treat opioid overdoses and can be injected or sprayed into the nose.
The training programs are scheduled to continue through September and will be offered for law enforcement and multi-disciplinary criminal justice teams in Adams County. That includes jail-based teams, community response teams, crisis intervention teams, sheriff or police agencies, community corrections teams, and diversion, probation or parole providers.
The goals are to provide training for criminal justice staff on administering naloxone medication-assisted treatment and increase referrals to substance use treatment for individuals served by criminal justice treatment teams.
“We’re eager to launch these trainings for law enforcement and our criminal justice partners to increase their knowledge of substance use disorders, with special focus on increasing their knowledge regarding medication-assisted treatment,” Doucet said.
Community Reach Center is a behavioral health and wellness provider with seven outpatient offices and more than 100 community-based sites throughout Adams County.
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