Ohio EMS dept. to receive award for helping patients into recovery
Colerain Township Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services created an all-hands-on-deck approach to help people with substance use disorders
By EMS1 Staff
COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — An EMS department won a national award for its unique approach to helping people with substance use disorders into recovery.
WCPO.com reported that the Colerain Township Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services will receive the Nicholas Rosecrans Award at the EMS World Expo conference on Oct. 15 for its Quick Response Team.
The team, which consists of a police officer, firefighter-paramedic and addiction counselor, deploys an all-hands-on-deck approach. The team responds to overdoses and follows up with a person to see if they're ready to seek treatment.
The program was created in 2014 and has a 70% success rate, according to the report.
In addition to the team, the department also started a Safe Station program, offering round-the-clock resources to those suffering from substance use disorders.