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Dane County Approves $750,000 Emergency Initiative to Address Opiate & Fentanyl Epidemics

From the Office of Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive, November 18, 2022 The Harm Reduction and Prevention Act, a roughly $750,000 initiative to address opiate and fentanyl related emergencies, will

SSM Health’s ED2Recovery program faces rising overdoses due to Fentanyl

This article originally appeared on and can be found here. Colton Molesky | WMTV-Madison MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – An SSM Health St. Mary’s program is continuing to battle addiction

September 27 “Only Leaves Should Fall” Mini Events

If you are concerned about falling or have fallen in the past, please join us on Tuesday, September 27 at the Triangle Community Ministry or Mt. Zion Baptist Church to

Drunken driving crashes spike in Dane County; at least 11 killed in first half of 2022

This article originally appeared on and can be found here. Chris Hubbuch | Wisconsin State Journal Drunken driving crashes — including at least 11 fatalities — rose sharply during

Dane County Sees 41% Increase in Car Crashes Related to Alcohol Use

This article originally appeared in the Capital Times and can be found here. By Allison Garfield Dane County has seen a 41% increase in the number of car crashes related

Unique Steppin’ – Improve your dance moves AND your balance!

Join us on Saturdays from 1-3pm starting August 20 as Safe Communities and Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) collaborate to offer Unique Steppin’ to improve balance AND dance moves.

Settlement Funds Will Support Plan Against Opioid Epidemic

This story originally appeared on MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – This year, the Department of Health Services expects to get nearly $31 million for the task to fight Wisconsin’s opioid

Ending African American Deaths from Despair Opening Remarks

AAOC Ending African American Deaths from Despair – Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive, Webinar Series Opening Remarks Friday, June 5, 2020 “Words cannot express my sorrow at this heartbreaking moment

Purple Lights for Recovery

Show your support for those in recovery by participating in September’s events and lighting your business, organization or home in purple lights. When you do, you’ll be joining others who

September is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month In honor of those we’ve lost, National Recovery Month is meant to find hope in the reality that recovery from substance use and mental health

Peers in the Park

Peers in the Park Events Struggling with addiction and looking for help and support? Join us if you’d like to talk to a recovery coach, learn about resources available to

Ending Deaths from Despair Webinar Series

Upcoming and Past Webinars Hosted by Ending Deaths from Despair Task Force  Friday, December 16, 2022 Noon – 1:00 PM You Can Do It: A Guide to Collaborative Safety Planning

How do you know which exercises or activities improve balance?

By Ashley Hillman, Safe Communities’ Falls Prevention Program Manager Did you know that there are certain types of exercise that are better for enhancing balance? Walking is great aerobic exercise
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Local Home Safety Resources

Home Safety Resources: Safety Checklist from the CDC (PDF) SSM Health Medical Equipment 4639 Hammersley Road Madison, WI 53711 (800) 924-2273 All our retail stores have an extensive supply

Deadly Crashes Rising in Dane County

Oringinal article by Allison Garfield Original Article can be found here: Deadly Crashes Rise Dane County saw an unprecedentedly high number of fatal crashes in 2021 caused by both speeding
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Recent Surge in U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths has Hit Black Men the Hardest

Oringinal article by John Gramlich Original Article can be found here: Recent surge in U.S. drug overdose deaths has hit Black men the hardest Nearly 92,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in
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Beauty and the Beast: Winter in WI – Tips for Preventing a Fall this Winter

Lately as we look out of our windows, we see the beauty of winter: glistening trees covered in ice and a white blanket of snow covering what was once green.
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2021 Brings Record Number of Traffic Fatalities for Dane County

The number of traffic fatalities this year in Dane County already has exceeded the total for all of 2020, according to officials from the Dane County Traffic Safety Commission (TSC).
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#EndOverdose: Advocates Bring Awareness to Dane County’s Ongoing Opioid Overdose Epidemic

This article by Maggie Ginsberg originally appeared in the December 2021 Edition of Madison Magazine. To view the original article, click here. Even as the crisis worsens in Dane County
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Fall Prevention Classes: High Risk

Referral to Physical Therapy You may want to consider a physical therapist, preferably one with special training on older adult falls. Many physical therapists are trained to find out why
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Fall Prevention Classes: Medium Risk

Stepping On™ Stepping On is an evidence-based workshop meeting once per week for seven weeks, two hours per week, with a reunion class three months later. The class is led
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Fall Prevention Classes: Mild Risk

Living Falls Free Living Falls Free is a practical falls risk reduction exercise class. Course content includes learning the exercises of the as well as learning falls reduction strategies specific
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Fall Prevention Classes: Low Risk

Balancing and Strength Exercises Research shows that to reduce chances of falling, people must include balance and strength exercises that are progressive (get more challenging over time), and that are
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Start Exercising: Local Exercising Resources

Safe Communities 2453 Atwood Ave., Ste 210 Madison, WI 53704 Phone: (608) 441-3060 Learn about community resources and classes (both evidence-based and evidence-informed) that could help prevent a fall.


Treatment Key

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.