Howard County Executive Calvin Ball joined Grassroots to officially open the “New Beginnings Crisis Stabilization” facility. Crisis stabilization is an important component of Howard County’s opioid intervention strategy to meet immediate needs for assessment, treatment, referrals and brief overnight housing and food. Pictures from the event can be found here. Video can be found here.
“Howard County is seeing progress on the fight against opioid related addiction, overdoses, and fatalities,” said Ball. “This year we are seeing a 42% decrease in opioid related fatalities and a 14% decrease in non-fatal overdoses as compared to last year. This success is built on the partnerships and engagement from the Howard County government and non-profits such as Grassroots. As we work toward fostering the best quality of life for our residents, we will continue to make progress on combating opioid use and overdose with the New Beginnings Crisis Stabilization Facility. I thank our Congressional Delegation, Governor, Lt. Governor, Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center and the state and local Health Department for making this facility a reality. The Grassroots Crisis Intervention team deserves a lot of credit for their unwavering dedication and compassion to help the residents of Howard County.”
Steven Schuh, the Executive Director of the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center shared, “I’m so delighted to see the progress Howard County has made, and that is due to great leadership by County Executive Ball, providers all over the county, and especially Grassroots, which is having a tremendous impact.”
“The ultimate goal of New Beginnings is to assist clients in moving to greater health and wellness by stabilizing their situation and getting them connected to the next level of care,” said Grassroots Board President Nick Langhauser.
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