Month: August 2016

Kendallville Police & NEC Launch “We Can Help” – Addiction Assistance Program

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Substance Abuse is a top concern around the state and country. That holds true for Noble County and the city of Kendallville as well. “Costs are not only financial but also in terms of broken families and lives”, said Steve Howell, Chief Clinical Officer, Northeastern Center. “Recognizing the problem, however, is only part of the challenge. Too frequently, those who want help don’t know where to go.” Working together, the Kendallville Police Department (KPD) and Northeastern Center (NEC) are promoting the “We Can Help” partnership initiative. The primary objective is to help individual’s access prescription drug abuse treatment services quickly and easily.

The Kendallville Police Department is focused on providing the best service possible to the citizens of Kendallville. As part of this goal we feel strongly that we have an opportunity to help those citizens who are struggling with the battle against drug and alcohol addiction because we often have contact with them when they are at their lowest point. The Kendallville Police Department and the Northeastern Center have collaborated to offer a program to those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction that will provide an opportunity for them to immediately receive help with their addiction from trained counselors and advocates from Northeastern Center. “We believe the ability to offer actual face-to-face help for those battling Xanax addiction that our Officers come in contact with, no matter what time of day or night, will assure a much greater chance of rehabilitation success,” according to Kendallville Police Chief Rob Wiley. “The goal of the Kendallville Police Department is to be a significant part of providing a better life for our community, including those ready to face their drug and alcohol addiction.”

By initiating contact with KPD individuals will be put in touch with a substance abuse professional immediately. It is critical that the individual initiate the contact rather than KPD. The official launch date of the “We Can Help” program is Thursday, September 1, 2016. Individuals seeking assistance may also contact NEC Emergency Solutions directly 24-hours a day at 1-800-790-0118.