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LITCHFIELD COUNTY OPIATE TASK FORCE

Litchfield County communities have joined together to turn the tide of increased addiction and overdoes from opiate drugs. The Litchfield County Opiate Task Force, formed in December of 2013, is led by the McCall Center and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. It has more than 60 members including the Torrington Chief of Police Michael Maniago, Mayor Elinor Carbone, CT State Representatives Roberta Willis and Michelle Cook, CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Community Health and Wellness, Campion Ambulance, the Torrington Area Health District, local substance abuse and mental health treatment providers, people in recovery and parents of those struggling with addiction.

Learn about the task force initiatives

Task Force Initiatives

  • A community case manager, working out of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital emergency department, is making access to services easier. The case manager helps those in crisis with addiction to navigate systems of support. Early data demonstrates 25-30% of patients seen were successfully referred to treatment (antagonist, long term, residential etc.).
  • The NWCT Coalition to Reduce Youth Substance Abuse has installed a prescription drop box in the lobby of the Torrington Police Department where unused medication can be safely disposed of and kept away from our youth.
  • A Community Care Team is being developed to identify frequent ER patients and provide them with the services needed to prevent those crises, including brief treatment interventions for those struggling with substance abuse.
  • The availability of Narcan is being increased and Campion ambulance service is training ambulance personnel on Narcan protocol and nasal administration.
  • Mental health training is being provided for our police officers through DMHAS.
  • Education and support is being provided for sober houses.
  • Training in the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment model will be offered to all direct service medical practitioners and other task force members.
  • Chairpersons Maria Coutant Skinner and Joy Pendola have presented at several conferences including the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health annual meeting and the upcoming New England Rural Health Conference “Combatting Substance Abuse in Rural New England”.
  • Maria, Joy, Torrington Mayor Elinor Carbone and Torrington Chief of Police Michael Maniago been invited to round table discussions involving Senators Blumenthal and Murphy and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty.
  • Legislation from our area’s legislative representatives around behavioral health has been proposed including accountability for sober houses, access to behavioral health HB 5058 to prohibit licensed substance abuse treatment facilities from limiting admission or treatment only to persons currently under the influence of alcohol or drugs and HB 297 to require health care providers to accept all private insurance plans for mental health services provided to young adults.
  • Prescription drug monitoring program

 

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