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Drug Addiction Treatment in Farmington Hills Improved by Joint Efforts
Joint forces have been improving and increasing access to drug addiction treatment in Farmington Hills.
The Farmington Hills Police Department and the Farmington Public Safety Department with the Hope Not Handcuffs program launched by the Families Against Narcotics trains volunteers to assist locals looking for addiction treatment.
Police officers reach out to the volunteers when a person comes in looking for assistance to recover from a substance use disorder.
Volunteers will go to the police department and complete intake paperwork to find an inpatient addiction treatment center that can accommodate that person. The volunteers provide compassionate support up until the person has been admitted into treatment.
Police officers do not arrest those who come into a participating police department for help overcoming a substance use disorder unless they have a committed a felony or a misdemeanor in the past.
At the beginning of 2017, the Families Against Narcotics collaborated with Michigan-based law enforcement officials and organizations to create Hope Not Handcuffs.
The program strives to bring community organizations and law enforcement officials together to locate effective addiction treatment services to all of the people in need.
Since the program was launched, 41 police departments in Michigan have become participants and over 200 angel volunteers have been trained. These volunteers have helped roughly 1324 people so far.
Frank Demers, the director of the Farmington Public Safety Department, said that it is crucial that volunteers show up quickly to help people get into an addiction treatment center — in 20 minutes or less.
Demers added that included in the mission of his department and its members is that they have to do anything that they can to help the community members who need and actively look for help recovering from a substance use disorder.