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MetroHealth, Euclid Partner to Expand Opioid Treatment Teams

Euclid - MetroHealth and the City of Euclid are partnering to expand an innovative program to get people who have recently overdosed into treatment.

A Quick Response Team pairs a social worker from MetroHealth’s Office of Opioid Safety with an officer from the Euclid Police Department. They began making home visits in Euclid Tuesday.

“This program will save lives by going into Euclid’s neighborhoods to bring hope and help to people who desperately need it,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD. “We know the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated an unprecedented substance abuse crisis, and we continue to work with partners to advance solutions.”

Euclid Police Chief Scott Meyer said: “The Euclid Police Department is excited to partner with MetroHealth. We are committed to doing our part to address drug abuse and overdose deaths. This partnership provides yet another avenue for our Officers to engage positively with our residents in order to potentially save lives.”

“Our police officers see firsthand the devastating impact an overdose can have and this partnership will enable us to provide residents and their families the help they need and to reduce the number of overdoses,” said Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail. “This partnership is a great example of the Euclid Police Department’s commitment to serving our residents while also seeking pro-active solutions to improve our safety and quality of life. We are truly grateful for the partnership and resources being provided by MetroHealth.”

MetroHealth has similar programs operating in Parma, Cleveland, Rocky River, Westlake, Bay Village, Fairview Park and North Olmsted.

QRTs were first developed in Colerain Township near Cincinnati. QRTs involve a team of social workers or addiction counselors paired with a first responder visiting the home of the person who overdosed and offering to take them to treatment on the spot. If they decline rehabilitation, the QRT leaves behind information about available treatment and other resources.

Colerain reported a significant decrease in overdoses after implementing the QRT program, and it was replicated across Ohio.

MetroHealth QRTs met with more than 250 individuals or families last year. The program is funded through a federal grant to MetroHealth’s Office of Opioid Safety. There is no cost to the City of Euclid.

About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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