Although Delaware has the fifth highest overdose death rate in the United States, innovative, inspiring, and effective programs are turning the addiction crisis around. Addiction Policy Forum released the Delaware Innovation Now report spotlighting 8 programs addressing addiction in communities across the state and offering solutions. An event was held in honor of the programs and leadership with Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long, Dr. Daniel O'Connell, New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer, Newport Mayor Michael Spencer, United States Senator Chris Coons' and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester’s staff, Former Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Rita Landgraf, and Director of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Elizabeth Romero in attendance.
"With more hands on deck we are able to move the needle," says Delaware Lieutenant Governor Bethany Long-Hall at the Delaware Innovation Now Awards Ceremony.
Innovative Programs Include:
atTAcK Addiction -- Born out of a family’s loss, a statewide program that educates the public about addiction, works to eliminate stigma and supports people in recovery and their loved ones.
Delaware Prevention Coalition -- Works with schools, civic groups and faith-based organizations to determine community needs and acts upon it.
Delaware START -- Transforms the substance use treatment system and increases access to care.
HERO HELP -- A law enforcement program in New Castle County which opens up police departments for those struggling with addiction to receive treatment in lieu of arrest.
Hope Street -- Gives a female voice to recovery and links people to support services, provides short-term housing and offers leadership programs in Newport.
New Expectations -- Allows pregnant women to receive intensive treatment and avoid jail time while living in a facility.
Project Engage -- An early intervention program that integrates peer recovery into the clinical setting at hospitals.
Wilmington Hope Commission Winner’s Circle -- A peer-led, peer-driven support group designed to address the special needs of formerly incarcerated individuals.
Read more about these life-saving programs helping patients, families, children and communities impacted by addiction in Delaware