The Montgomery County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Implementation Advisory Team (AOD Advisory Team) held its “Implementation Kick-Off Meeting” on Friday, January 27, 2012.
The meeting focused on ways to implement the recommendations of the “Report to Improve Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Addiction Services in Montgomery County, Ohio.” The report is the culmination of work performed over the last three years by numerous dedicated individuals representing a comprehensive cross-section of the community.
Since the release of the report, several initiatives have already been implemented to help citizens who are in need of substance abuse services including:
- CrisisCare can now schedule assessments 24 hours per day/7 days per week, providing assessments within 24 business hours of referral, and immediately scheduling appointments with a provider.
- The Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board for Montgomery County (ADAMHS) is taking the lead in prioritizing electronic data sharing for their network of providers.
Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services Orman Hall attended the Implementation Kick-Off to recognize the accomplishments and recommendations of the report.
“This report outlines practical ways to re-engineer the community’s alcohol and drug abuse system, without adding costs to taxpayers,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley, co-chair of the AOD Advisory Team. “Now is the time to begin implementing these tangible and realistic community solutions.”
“Our job was to gather all of the public and private entities involved in abuse and addiction service and focus on how we can better deliver services to those who need it in a more cost-efficient way,” said Jim Pancoast, CEO, Premier Health Partners and co-chair of the AOD Advisory Team. “We have done that and now it’s time to execute the recommendations.”
An estimated 42,390 people aged 12 and older in Montgomery County needed services for AOD abuse and addiction in 2008 (National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings). In the local public system, only 5,106 (12%) of those individuals received assessment services (CrisisCare, FY 2008); only 3,035 (7%) individuals made it to their first treatment appointment; and only 1,032 (2%) completed all of their treatment sessions (ADAMHS Board, FY 2008).
“Our goals are to address gaps in services, systemic barriers, and to improve our overall AOD systems and services,” said ADAMHS Executive Director Helen Jones-Kelley. “These recommendations will allow us to provide those critical services to our citizens who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction.”
Other recommendations include assisting the efforts of the Synthetics (Bath Salts) Task Force, Opiate Task Force, and Tobacco Coalition.
To learn more about the efforts of the AOD Advisory Team and to read the report, log onto: http://www.mcohio.org/services/fcfc/alcohol_drug_abuse_task_force.html