Opioid Summit Calls For 'All Hands on Deck'

Posted: Updated:
Panels and discussions at today's event range from treatment in a jail setting to legal and policy hurdles to effective treatment. Panels and discussions at today's event range from treatment in a jail setting to legal and policy hurdles to effective treatment.
INDIANAPOLIS -

More than 1,000 criminal justice, health and community officials representing every county in Indiana are at the Indiana Convention Center today for the Statewide Opioid Summit. Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush says the goal is "educating all the players" on the front line of the crisis about the science of addiction and evidence-based best practices. Rush says the solution will come from an "all hands on deck" approach, not building and filling more prisons and jails.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, Rush said the criminal justice system has a key role to play in the process. She says the system is the number one outside referral to get people into treatment, and that often treatment happens when someone is in jail.

Panels and discussions at today's event range from treatment in a jail setting to legal and policy hurdles to effective treatment. One panel will feature faculty members from Indiana University, which last year launched a $50 million Grand Challenges initiative to address the crisis of addiction throughout the state. The effort, Responding to the Addictions Crisis, includes projects in areas including early intervention, addiction treatment and expanding training and certification to address the shortage of addictions professionals.

Yesterday, a coalition of community, business and law enforcement organizations joined Indiana Executive Director of Drug Enforcement Treatment and Prevention Jim McLelland to launch an initiative aimed at combating the state's opioid epidemic. Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative Indiana will provide grants and resources to organizations and communities throughout the state. The first $25,000 grant went to the Indiana Chamber and Wellness Council of Indiana's Workforce Recovery Initiative, designed to help Hoosier employers support employees with substance abuse disorders.

Today's summit at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis is organized by the Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Indiana University Addictions Grand Challenge and the Association of Indiana Counties.

  • Perspectives

    • 3 Ways to Hire For a Cultural Fit

      While the vast majority of companies long for a strong work culture, not all are willing to put in the extra effort that it requires. Instilling culture in new team members isn’t a task that can simply be checked off a list. Rather, it’s a series of things company leadership must do that begins with the hiring process. It doesn’t end there either, though. Companies must be devoted to protecting their culture at all costs. Culture doesn’t happen on it's..

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Photo of Gary City Hall courtesy of the City of Gary

      Gary Bank Partnership Awards First Microloan

      The city of Gary is partnering with First Financial Bank to offer small business loans to local businesses who enter the Gary Micro-Enterprise Initiative. The city has named Joslyn Kelly, owner of J’s Breakfast Club, the first recipient of funding through the program.

    • (photo courtesy of Aisin USA Manufacturing Inc.)

      Council Approves Seymour Projects

      Two companies in Seymour are planning expansion projects. The Seymour Tribune reports the city council has approved tax abatements for more than $47 million in investments from Aisin USA Manufacturing Inc. and The Andersons Inc.

    • (rendering courtesy city of Kokomo)

      Kokomo Hotel Could See New Developer

      City officials say a new developer for a proposed $26 million hotel and conference center in downtown Kokomo could be announced soon. The Kokomo Tribune reports the project continues to move forward despite Fishers-based Dora Hotel Co. LLC pulling out of the project earlier this month.

    • NIBCO is headquartered in Elkhart. (photo courtesy of NIBCO)

      Companies Detail Closures, Layoffs

      Four companies have announced plans to lay off a total of nearly 300 employees. In separate notices filed with the state, the companies say the moves will affect workers in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Charlestown and Peru.

    • Indiana Rail Operator to be Acquired

      The owner of several Hoosier short-line railroads will soon be under new ownership. Illinois-based Pioneer Railcorp has announced an agreement to be acquired by BRX Transportation Holdings LLC.