PATIENTS FIRST: Glendale, WI Program Takes Recovery to the Streets by Spearheading Unique Community Outreach Initiative
Jun 26, 2019
This week we’re pleased to highlight the exemplary work of the CleanSlate Glendale, Wisconsin center as they joined with other local community providers including the Police Department, Department of Health, insurance providers and local hospitals to reach prospective patients during a crucial time in their recovery journey.
The CleanSlate Glendale center is a founding member of the Milwaukee Overdose Recovery Initiative (MORI), which responds to patients who have overdosed in the community the next day along with the police officer leading the initiative, Captain Michael Wright, and two local paramedics. The MORI representatives encourage the patient to seek treatment that day and facilitate a smooth transition to the level of treatment needed if the patient is ready. If they are not quite ready to accept treatment, the MORI team leave a “go pack” with information on how to receive help when they are ready. This high-touch community interaction reaches patients during a pivotal time post-overdose to better equip them to get on the road to recovery before a fatal incident occurs.
CleanSlate Glendale Medical Assistant Kari Rummel, who is also a Certified Recovery Coach and Peer Support Specialist, joined Brenda Bryson, Glendale Center Manager, and the MORI team on their first ride along on June 21.
“The leadership, participation and contribution to this project by our CleanSlate team on the ground in Glendale, WI touches on many of our core values. Patients First and Everyday Innovation come to mind,” said Greg Marotta, CEO. “It is because of a willingness to participate in programs like this by our Warriors for Hope that CleanSlate is becoming recognized as a leader in the field of mental and behavioral health and addiction.”
Keep up the great work Glendale Warriors! We look forward to hearing more about your future ride-alongs in the community.
Pictured left to right: Kari Rummel (Glendale Medical Assistant/Certified Recovery Coach/Peer Support Specialist), Steven Radomski (HEO Paramedic), Brenda Bryson (Glendale Center Manager) and Jonathan Belott (HEO Paramedic)