Colerain Township accepts WeTHRIVE! recognition at event on December 1, 2016.
Colerain Township (pop. 58,499) is located in northwest Hamilton County, approximately 14 miles from downtown Cincinnati.
How Colerain THRIVES!:
- A Committed Community: In January 2015, Colerain Township Trustees adopted the WeTHRIVE! Overall and Community Health Resolutions, solidifying a commitment to achieve a healthy community.
- WeTHRIVE! Team Members: Carol Baden, Jennifer Clippard-Caunin, Pauletta Crowley, Kyle Frandoni, Jeanne Hayes, Dave Hubbard, Lynn Kerr, Dan Meloy, Shonda Moore, Will Mueller, Emily Randolph, and Jennifer Sharp.
- Selected Pathway(s): Community Health
- Action Plan Activities: Development of a Quick Response Team (QRT) for overdose follow up, modifications to reduce mechanical falls, internal social norms change regarding addicts, and community education. View the initial Colerain WeTHRIVE! Action Plan for additional details.
- Quick Response Team Saves Lives: The Colerain Community for Health Awareness (CCHA)—which serves as the WeTHRIVE! team—has emerged as a leader in tackling opiate usage and addiction head on in Hamilton County. Members, consisting of Township administration, police, fire/EMS, public health, addiction and recovery services, education and businesses developed a ”recovery packet” and organized door-to-door canvassing efforts to distribute the packet and educational materials. This resulted in five follow ups (from one neighborhood) initiated due to the materials received. One individual even showed up at the police department with needles seeking help. In addition, responding to calls for community members that repeatedly overdose can be disheartening. Colerain Township administration set the expectation that action must be taken to save lives, help families, and to do so with compassion and professionalism. First responders distribute the Recovery Packet on the initial overdose call. A Quick Response Team (QRT)—police officer, firefighter/EMT, and addiction services—respond within one week of overdoses and provide assistance to addicts and families and try to link them to services. Within the first month of implementing the QRT, 50 percent of individuals that received follow up after their overdose had committed to receiving treatment at an inpatient or outpatient treatment facility. “We are setting and raising the bar in our response, and the attitudes of our front line personnel is what makes the impact,” stated Dan Meloy, Assistant Township Administrator and Director of Public Safety. Check back soon for additional information regarding the QRT initiative!
—As of July 31, 2015: 50 percent of overdose patients receiving follow up went on to treatment. If face-to-face contact was made within five days of overdose, 100 percent of overdose patients receiving follow up went on to treatment.
—As of February, 29, 2016: 109 follow ups were made to overdose patients with 79 percent in recovery.
- Resource Recovery Packets: Colerain developed Resource Recovery Packets that includes information area treatment facilities, hotline numbers, shelters, family support groups, and resources. In the period of August 2015—February 2016, 380 packets were provided to opiate overdose patients.
Check back for updates about Colerain's WeTHRIVE! efforts!