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Your Home: Sanctuary or Fall Hazard?

That favorite armchair, the window above the sink looking over the garden, and your mother’s homemade quilt over the bed are all integral to making
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Police ticket 45 for seat belt violations

Forty-five tickets were issued for seat belt violations by twelve Dane County law enforcement agencies during a county-wide education and enforcement effort March 17-27. This
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Officials Issue Reminder to Buckle Up

The Dane County Traffic Safety Commission (TSC) is urging drivers to buckle up ahead of a county-wide education and enforcement effort March 17-27. During that
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Injuries and Fatalities Up Among Older Drivers

In 2023, Dane County saw an increase in serious injuries and deaths of older drivers involved in traffic crashes. Seriously injured were 35 drivers aged
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236 Citations Issued in Dane County Impaired Driving Campaign

Originally Released: January 22, 2024.   Two hundred thirty-six drivers were cited for traffic violations during a December two-day crackdown on impaired driving which involved
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Law Enforcement Agencies Work Together to Reduce Impaired Driving

Originally Released: December 12, 2023. Law enforcement agencies throughout Dane County are joining forces this holiday season to remind drivers it’s not worth the risk
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2023: Deadly for Motorcycle Crashes in Dane County

Originally Released: November 13, 2023. The third quarter this year was significantly more deadly for motorcyclists in Dane County. From July through September, five people
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African Americans, Latinos at Greater Risk in Traffic Crashes

Originally Released: October 23, 2023. It’s a Dane County fact. African Americans and Latinos are at greater risk of dying or suffering serious injuries in
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Signs and Increased Enforcement Remind Drivers to SLOW DOWN for Students

Originally Released: September 7th, 2023. With schools in session, all Dane County law enforcement agencies are teaming up with each other, the Wisconsin State Patrol,
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Traffic Crashes with Injuries on the Rise in Road Construction Work Zones

Originally Released: August 17, 2023. Dane County is experiencing significantly more construction work zone crashes this year in which motorists are injured, according to a
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2024 Battle of the Badges

Join us on March 16th, 2024 beginning at 2:00 pm at Madison Ice Arena for the annual Battle of the Badges fundraiser! Admission is $5
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You and Your Car, Stay Safe This Winter!

“Last winter 147 people died in traffic crashes in Wisconsin. Are your winter driving skills sharp? Is your car ready for the ice, snow, and
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The Importance of Staying Connected and Active This Winter

There’s a chill in the air indicating that cold weather, snow, and ice are just around the corner. While we bask in the comfort of
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Safe Communities Reveals Fentanyl-Reduction Plan Related to Dane County Harm Reduction and Prevention Act

June 6, 2023 Cheryl Wittke – Executive Director Safe Communities Madison-Dane County Contact: info@safercommunity.net Easy, free access to lifesaving doses of naloxone at over 100
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School-based Programs

Sources of Strength Program The target population for Sources of Strength Secondary are Middle and High School students in Dane County. Sources of Strength is
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Dispose of medications during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 22

Help minimize unintentional drug poisoning Safe Communities Madison-Dane County and the African American Opioid Coalition (AAOC) will host three drug take-back locations in conjunction with
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Traffic Crashes Down, Fatalities Up in 2022

For Immediate Release For more information, contact: Cheryl Wittke, Executive Director, Safe Communities of Madison – Dane County,  (608) 256-6713 Traffic Crashes Down, Fatalities Up
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In treatment instead of in jail. Local initiative aims to help people fighting addiction

This article originally appeared on Fox47.com and can be found here. By Brady Mallory  |  Fox47 News Madison MAIDSON, Wis (Fox47) — Imagine a dinner
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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
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Dane County Approves $750,000 Emergency Initiative to Address Opiate & Fentanyl Epidemics

November 18, 2022 Ariana Vruwink, 608-267-8823 County Executive The Harm Reduction and Prevention Act, a roughly $750,000 initiative to address opiate and fentanyl related emergencies, will
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Two-thirds of Dane County Fatal Crashes Involve No Seatbelts or Helmets

For Immediate Release For more information, contact: Cheryl Wittke, (608) 256-6713 Executive Director, Safe Communities of Madison – Dane County Two-thirds of Dane County Fatal
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SSM Health’s ED2Recovery program faces rising overdoses due to Fentanyl

This article originally appeared on NBC15.com and can be found here. Colton Molesky | WMTV-Madison MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – An SSM Health St. Mary’s program
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County Executive Parisi Unveils Nearly $740,000 Emergency Initiative to Address Opiate & Fentanyl Epidemics

September 08, 2022 Ariana Vruwink, 608-267-8823 County Executive Parisi’s Harm Reduction and Prevention Act is Part of 2023 Budget Proposal, Includes Funding for School Prevention &
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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
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RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE

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.