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New Funding Provided to Tackle Heroin Epidemic


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Donisha Greene, (216) 443-7075; dgreene@cuyahogacounty.us
Scott Osiecki, (216) 479-3261; osiecki@adamhscc.org

Cleveland, OH Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland and the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County are tackling the heroin and opioid epidemic head-on by providing new funding to implement an aggressive plan that expands and creates program services.

Pending approval from both city and county council, Cuyahoga County will provide $250,000, the City of Cleveland will provide $250,000 and the ADAMHS Board will provide $1 million toward the expansion of its treatment and recovery services and ambulatory detoxification -a cost effective outpatient model that allows more individuals to receive detox services while maintaining a job, attending school or taking care of families.

“Our community is in crisis, with drug overdose deaths at an all-time high. We must do all we can to fight against this epidemic that is killing people and ravaging communities”, said County Executive Armond Budish. “We have joined with a number of community partners to prevent drug use, pursue new approaches to drug enforcement, expand access to treatment, and support our county and city residents in recovery.”

“This is a small investment in the greater effort to help people with an opiate addiction,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “We look forward to provide more opportunities for those seeking help.”

The ADAMHS Board will allocate the total $1.5 million to add ambulatory detoxification services and increase its treatment and recovery services that will add a total of 113 additional treatment and sober beds to the community, with 97 of the new beds in the City of Cleveland. With the additional 113 beds, there will be a total of 291 treatment recovery and sober beds in our community funded through the ADAMHS Board.

“We thank Armond Budish, County Executive, for approaching the ADAMHS Board to develop this partnership with the County and the City of Cleveland that helped the Board design an aggressive action plan to tackle the heroin tsunami that continues to take the lives of Cuyahoga County residents from all walks of life,” explained William M. Denihan, Chief Executive Officer of the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County. “We are grateful for not only the financial support generated by Mr. Budish; Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland Council President Kevin Kelley, we are also grateful for the moral support to implement this plan that will help individuals obtain and sustain recovery.”

In partnership with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, the ADAMHS Board will also launch a Quick Response Protocol and Pilot Program for the Cleveland Division of Police Narcotics unit. The goal is to help an individual revived from an opiate/heroin/fentanyl overdose with Naloxone get into detox and treatment.

The team includes law-enforcement professionals and city and county public health officials that will work together and share information on trends and enforcement efforts while developing linkages to prevention and treatment resources that work. The pilot program is also being considered for other communities.