Crow Wing County has implemented a new procedure to reduce recidivism rates of detox recipients.
Effective August 2012, the three area detox centers now provide contact information to the county on every detox recipient. The county then offers chemical dependency services to those individuals.
Since implementation, the county reports there have been 200 placements in detox centers. County chemical dependency counselors were able to connect via phone or mail with 169 of the recipients; 60 individuals agreed to services that have assisted them in staying out of detox. Services offered include chemical use assessments, placement in inpatient or outpatient chemical dependency treatment centers, and assistance in obtaining stable housing.
In addition, the county has initiated a plan to offer additional services to chronic detox users. A chronic user is identified as someone having three or more detox placements in a three month time period. Five individuals meet this definition and three of the four have entered treatment or have secured stable housing.
“Our goal is to contact every person in detox with an offer of service and support,” said Gwen Anderson, Health and Social Services Division manager. “It is cost-effective to reduce detox placements while at the same time we can offer support to individuals seeking a healthier lifestyle.”