Columbus & Franklin County Addiction Plan: Virtual Site Visit to
Franklin County, Ohio

S.A.F.E. Station: A Successful Program Connecting Individuals in Crises to Assistance

The Stop Addiction for Everyone (S.A.F.E.) Station program is a collaborative effort among the Whitehall Division of Fire, the Whitehall Division of Police, the Heart of Ohio Family Health Center, and the Maryhaven Addiction Stabilization Center. The program provides a safe and discreet way to access treatment by facilitating treatment linkages and transport to individuals with substance use disorders. Individuals may arrive at the fire station at any time—24 hours a day, 7 days a week—and ask for help with their addiction issues. There has been an overwhelming response to the S.A.F.E. Station program.

The Rapid Response Emergency Addiction and Crisis Team (RREACT) meets individuals on-scene and assists them wherever they are in their recovery journeys, providing immediate linkages to resources and treatment after emergency medical services personnel respond to an overdose. This effort is in partnership with the S.A.F.E. Station program.

"The hundreds of people who have come to this (program) are no longer hundreds of people overdosing on our streets."

—Deputy Chief Daniel Kelso, Whitehall Division of Police

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