NMH Clinicians Work with Local Police on Scene to Help Stem Opioid Addiction

Authored by Sandra Oxx
July 19, 2019

In a new program to help curb opioid addiction in the state, Newport Mental Health Clinician Ellen Fitzgerald-McCallum is working with local police on emergency calls.

"We're so pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with local police on the scene," said NMH CEO Jamie Lehane. "Through this type of community outreach, we feel strongly that we can make inroads into helping people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders."

 From 2016-2018, the Emergency Medical Service responded to 231 cases involving opiates in Newport County, according to the RI Department of Health. That number represents about 34 percent of the total EMS responses in Newport County and 5 percent of the responses in the state.

Lehane added that the funding for the Mobile Crisis Team stems from a federal State Opioid Response (SOR) grant awarded by the RI Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals.


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