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Westbrook PD Collaborates with other Departments to Fight Opiod Addiction

Post Date:01/27/2017 4:11 PM

On Thursday January 26, Westbrook PD held a press conference introducing the Westbrook Recovery Liaison Program.

“Every life is worth saving.” 

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The Police Chiefs of Buxton, Gorham, Windham, and Westbrook introduce the Westbrook Recovery Liaison Program (WRLP), a collaborative effort to assist residents of the four communities who want to break the cycle of opioid use disorder.

WRLP is a State funded grant program focused on helping participants have their basic needs met as they start the recovery process with the primary goals of helping them sustain long-term recovery and decreasing overall recidivism rates.

In efforts to recruit participants, our Recovery Liaison, Ms. Danielle Rideout, will partner with the Cumberland County Jail, Westbrook’s Community Approach to Stopping Heroin (CASH) Coordinator, and representatives from Grace St. Services who will be hosting an opioid treatment group inside the jail on a weekly basis. In addition, Ms. Rideout will work closely with our front line police officers and community partners in each community in efforts to identify participants.

Our Recovery Liaison will work with participants to identify individual recovery support needs; then work to connect them to local resources to meet these needs. Examples include, but are not limited to, housing, food, clothing, counseling, mental health and medical health services, occupational training, employment, and community connections.

Although WRLP is not focused on getting participants into treatment, we will work with all area treatment programs when openings are available. This includes medication assisted treatment programs offered by Grace St. Services and CAP Quality Care.

As part of the grant program, the Westbrook Police Department will be hosting a 30-hour Recovery Coach training presented by The Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery (MAAR) during the month of March. In addition to recruiting local community members to become Recovery Coaches, each police department and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office will send as least one officer to the training. The officers are not expected to take over the full role of a Recovery Coach. Instead, the goals are for the officers to absorb the information, incorporate the new knowledge into their daily interactions with those living with opioid use disorder, those who love them, and the recovery community, and to share key concepts and terminology with their co-workers and the community at large to further raising awareness of how we can all support our community members living with and recovering from opioid use disorder.

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