Community Initiatives

UCAN is working every day to evolve the way addiction is facilitated in the community. Providing hope, resources and a pathway to sobriety.

 

Hospitals

Hospitals

According to the recent 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment performed by Greater Flint Health Coalition here are their findings:

The rise in opioid related deaths and hospital use emphasizes the need to continue efforts to connect individuals presenting to the hospital emergency department with community resources for substance use treatment or recovery support. It underscores the importance of coordinated efforts to address the opioid epidemic at a community-wide level (e.g. GFHC’s Community-Wide Strategy to Address the Opioid Epidemic). COMMUNITY RESPONSE Through the 2019

UCANs coordinated effort. UCAN has been at the table with the executive teams and CEOs of the local health care facilities. UCAN is part of an MAT hospital task force that has been assembled to create new standards of practice for patients that present to be “at risk” from intake til being discharged with a plan of action.

Law

Law
Enforcement

Most law enforcement’s response to the Addiction pandemic is “we can’t arrest our way out ” seems to be a vicious never ending cycle.

UCAN has a strategic relationship with local law enforcement that allows us to be working in collaboration to assist them with Addiction resources, coaches, education, training and a skilled trades program for inmates that launched in August of 2020.

Judicial

Judicial
System

Most of the judges agree and would say ” we can’t sentence our way out.” The rise of specialty courts here in Genesee County has been a big success.

UCAN is involved in Genesee County specialty courts and will continue to better support both the programs and the participants. By offering more options for participants, we can better stay engaged.

Schools

Schools

School districts can have their own strategies when it comes to Prevention / Awareness programs. In Genesee County the schools make an effort to make sure that tobacco , drug and alcohol awareness campaigns are out there.

UCAN Has agreed to work in conjunction with the GISD and create videos for prevention and awareness. We will be creating multiple videos for the school year 2020-21. We will target parents, coaches and athletics directors as well.

First Responders

First Responders

There are numerous providers for our first responder services in genesee county. UCAN is working on an initiative with U of M called System for Opioid Overdose Surveillance.
( S.O.S.) collecting Naloxone injections given to validate current status, provide better intel to our EMS partners that can help save money, plan smarter and reduce wait times for patients in need of assistance.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)- EMS data is obtained through the Michigan EMS Information System (MI-EMSIS) and includes statewide cases of naloxone administration. Naloxone administration may not indicate an opioid overdose, as naloxone is commonly administered by first responders to any unresponsive patient. Naloxone administration incidents and city location are displayed on the SOS map as reported by EMS agencies to MI-EMSIS. Not all EMS agencies report incidents on a real-time basis and cases may be under-reported..

Medical

Medical Examiner

UCAN Connected U of M and the medical examiner’s office and some progress had already been made. By the end of January 2020 the analysts from U of M were able to get the medical examiner stats to within 90 days.

Medical Examiners (ME)- Fatal suspected opioid overdose data is obtained through the electronic death database, Medicolegal Death Investigation Log (MDILog) and individual county medical examiners. Suspected overdose cases are determined through death investigators and updated to SOS on a regular basis. As toxicology reports become available, SOS is updated to reflect confirmed opioid related deaths

Treatment

Treatment
Facilities

We currently have multiple treatment facilities in Genesee County. We only have 1 detox facility so we do have to utilize out of county providers at times.

UCAN is working on a couple of visions to improve the way in which those in need of resources can be easily accessible, assign a coach to help navigate the journey and work with our network partners for prompt placement into a facility.

Community

Community

It’s truly time for our community to network together to better combat the disease of Addiction. We will continue to build the network with churches, out reach organizations and local businesses.

How Can I help?

How Can I help?

People often ask us how they can help. Everyone is different with their own unique schedules. There are ways for anyone to help with the mission. You can help by praying for our mission, you can donate to help us fight the fight and/or volunteer your time to help with some of our community Initiatives.

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