Kalamazoo to offer residents substance use resources

Kalamazoo to offer residents substance use resources

The Kalamazoo (Michigan) Department of Public Safety (KDPS), in partnership with Integrated Services of Kalamazoo (ISK), recently announced they will provide residents who want to recover from substance use disorders more resources.

KDPS will refer people to ISK’s Recovery Outreach program through the Opioid Overdose Response Program (OORP). The services are ongoing and are free for up to 60 days.

People referred to the program receive assistance with accessing substance use disorder treatment or coordination. The OORP staff can provide resources for family and friends, peer support and education, Narcan training, and linkage to substance use disorders treatment.

“We are excited about this partnership with ISK that will help KDPS connect residents we encounter who are visibly struggling with alcohol or drug use with resources to get the help they need,” Scott VanderEnde, KDPS executive lieutenant of operations (Patrol Division), said. “The opioid epidemic has hit Kalamazoo especially hard, and in 2020, there was a record number of overdoses. This partnership will streamline the process for getting people to ISK for treatment, which will help reduce the number of overdoses in our community.”

Recovery coaches are trained in long-term substance use disorder and/or mental health recovery.