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Cuyahoga County expanding MetroHealth's program that provides follow-ups to overdose survivors and their families

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Posted at 3:15 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 11:23:43-04

CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga County and the board of health are partnering with MetroHealth System to expand its Quick Response Teams— a team made up of a MetroHealth social worker and a police officer that visits the home of someone who recently overdosed as a way to offer support and treatment options.

Those who have suffered an overdose are at a higher risk to overdose again. They’re also often more receptive to receiving treatment. The Quick Response Teams visit a person’s house to offer support and connect them to resources.

Quick Response Teams has been tested out in a few communities, including Parma, where Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish said it’s seeing “good results.”

“It’s been a terrific model of collaboration between the health system and the justice system,” Budish said.

Starting Monday, October 5, the program will be expanding throughout Cleveland.

If you know someone ready for treatment, call the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services 24/7 hotline at 216-623-6888.