According to the sheriff's office, in 2018, about 650 people in Seminole County overdose on opioids with 82 of them dying. This is one of the reason why AdventHealth, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Seminole County EMS/Fire Rescue and the Board of County Commissioners are launching a unique partnership to combat the opioid epidemic. The center will open in Sanford and it will provide clinically supported residential substance abuse treatment upon its opening in early 2020; the goal behind to end the cycle of "catch, treat, release." The center will provide mental health and medication assisted treatment as well as services that address their educational, vocational, behavioral and housing needs upon discharge.

Under the new partnership, a substance abuse coordinator will be based out of the AdventHealth Altamonte Springs ER to help navigate care for patients who need addictions treatment. This coordinator will track the patients during inpatient stay at the hospital as well as 30 days post discharge in an effort to ensure that they are successfully connected with the appropriate treatment and community service.

Aside from the coordinator at the hospital, the Sheriff's office will be providing opioid-abuse training and education to ER staff at AdventHealth Altamonte Springs.
Once the center is fully operational, it will be able to house up to 40 men and 10 women as well providing 30 days overnight care with a goal for future growth.

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