drug poisoning prevention
Ending Deaths from Despair
See our calendar of upcoming webinars addressing suicide prevention and drug poisoning prevention.
Safe Communities of Madison and Dane County is an award-winning nonprofit coalition of over 350 organizations working together to save lives, prevent injury and make our community safer.
Our funding comes from federal, local and foundation grants, project sponsorship, sustaining memberships and individual donors.
In Dane County we lose 65-70 people each year to suicide; 500 are hospitalized or admitted to emergency departments due to injuries sustained during suicide attempts.
Research tells us that 90% of people who die from suicide have a treatable mental illness or a substance abuse disorder. We know that suicide is often preventable with education, treatment and support. Because suicide is such a complex public health problem the Surgeon General recommends that we engage in prevention strategies community by community to be effective.
Our Recovery Coaches are trained through the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) program and Wisconsin Certified Peer Support Specialists. They are individuals or affected family members in long-term recovery from substance misuse and/or mental health experiences, who want to share their strength with others in hope that they too may have success in their recovery and healing.
We meet individuals where they are at: emotionally and physically. We understand there are many paths a person can choose for their recovery. Our hope is to walk alongside them as they create a support system, work toward their goals, and develop a path of recovery that works best for them.
Safe Communities launches annual traffic safety campaigns thanks to much planning and input from many community members and traffic safety stakeholders. Neighborhoods, police departments, citizen groups, local transportation agencies, and interested citizens are invited to “plug into” these campaigns by organizing their own activities.
For each of these campaigns, the Safe Community Coalition raises funds, provides planning and logistical support, and coordinates media and public education efforts. If we can help support your activities to address these traffic safety issues, please let us know!
of unused medicines safely disposed of by MedDrop partners
TREATED FOR OVERDOSE
in the emergency room and matched with a recovery coach enrolled in treatment
yard signs posted
RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE
Safe communities has complied a list of abbreviation definitions for finding the right treatment for you.
MAT: Medication for Addiction Treatment.
OP: Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends. individual and group therapy, these can include or not include MAT.
IOP: Intensive Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends individual and extended groups, 9-12 hours a week.
Residential: person lives at the facility for a period of at least 14 days, some last as many as 45 days.
PHP: Partial Hospitalization Program is a structured mental health treatment program that runs for several hours each day, three to five days per week.
DBT: Dialectical behavior therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that integrates mindfulness techniques.