The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 12:20 pm

Opioid recovery program launches

DAVE GONG | For The Journal Gazette

The Lutheran Foundation, in a partnership with the city of Fort Wayne and other area agencies announced today the launch of a program designed to help people addicted to opioids receive treatment and recovery services. 

The program, called the Hope and Recovery Team, is funded through a $1.35 million grant from the Indiana Department of Family and Social Services Administration. It is a partnership between Parkview Health, the Fort Wayne Police Department, Lutheran Social Services of Indiana and Purdue Fort Wayne Community Research Institute. The Lutheran Foundation is acting as the program's fiscal agent. 

The program launched in October, Haaf said, and has reached 39 people so far. Five have entered treatment. The grant runs through September 2020. 

"Effective and lifesaving treatment and recovery services are available in Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana, however not enough people know how to access them," Marcia Haaf, CEO of The Lutheran Foundation, said in a statement. "HART is a new way for our community to reach these at-risk individuals using trauma-informed practices." 

The Hope and Recovery Team's approach teams up peer recovery coaches from Parkview with two Fort Wayne police officers to locate people in Fort Wayne and Allen County who have experienced a non-fatal overdoses in the past 72 hours. The team helps connect individuals willing to seek help with clinical services and works with clients to guide them through treatment and connect them to other needed services. 

Coaches are also available at the Syringe Services Program administered by the Allen County Health Department and The Rescue Mission.

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