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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    Preventing Farmer Suicides Panel Facilitator: Sara Kohlbeck, MPH Director, Division of Suicide Prevention Comprehensive Injury Center Medical

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


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.