The Great Barrington Police Department has partnered with Rural Recovery Resources to provide substance abuse services through the utilization of recovery coaches.

According to a story reported on by WTEN/10 News Albany, the Great Barrington Police department has taken a step toward providing resources for those suffering from substance abuse disorders.

Recovery coaching is a form of strengths-based support for people with addictions or in recovery from alcohol, other drugs, codependency, or other addictive behaviors. They work with people who have active addictions, as well as those already in recovery.

Great Barrington Police Chief Paul Storti had this to say:

This is a great addition to our current co-responder program and another way that we are trying to help our community when in need.

The Co-Responder Program that was launched in June of 2019 was designed to increase earlier identification and intervention for citizens with mental illness who have contact with law enforcement.

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The goal is to decrease the likelihood that those individuals will be arrested and enter into the criminal justice system because of behaviors related to substance abuse.

The clinician assists people in crisis, outlines services available to those in need, completes follow-up visits with residents to ensure they are receiving all of the help available to them. Recovery coaches will be able to do the same for those struggling with substance misuse.

Rural Recovery Resources is funded by a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program grant that funds a peer-support recovery center that will act as a referral hub to connect people to existing services.

Reach out to the Great Barrington Police Department if you or someone you know is in need of help and you will be connected to one of their partners who specialize in these services.

Please check out the initial story at WTEN/10 news' website here and we thank them for the update.

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