Last summer we discovered a community who took a fresh approach to addressing the opioid epidemic. 26 minutes North of Cincinnati, the community of Colerain Township implemented a quick response team to reach out to all those in the community who had overdosed in the prior 3-5 days. The quick response team, comprised of representatives from Social Services, EMS and the local Police force, knock on the door of overdose victims and offer help. In the last year, the community has had a 35% drop in overdoses. Additionally, they have gotten 80% of the participants into treatment. We are pleased to welcome the Colerain QRT program originator, Dan Meloy and his team, to Green on Friday December 9th for Quick Response Team overview and hands-on training implementation workshops.
The Summit County ADM Board, in conjunction with Cover2 Resources, will host a Quick Response Team Workshop and Hands-On Training. This QRT workshop will be presented by Dan and his team from Colerain Township including Shana Merrick, Director of Adolescent and Prevention Services, and Will Mueller, Assistant Fire Chief. A short bio on each is provided below.
We invite Police, EMS, and Social Services Representatives from Summit County to join us for the QRT program overview from 1:00 – 2:30PM. Immediately following the overview, from 2:30 – 4:30 those communities in the County who plan to roll out a Quick Response Team, will have a Hands-On Training session Dan and his team.
Daniel Meloy is the Administrator and Director of Public Safety for Colerain Township, Ohio. He previously served as Chief of Police in Colerain for more than six years before he was promoted in 2013 to oversee both Fire and Police Departments as the Director of Public Safety. Dan is a Certified Law Enforcement Executive in the State of Ohio and graduated from the 223rd Session of the FBI National Academy. He holds a BA from University of Cincinnati and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University.
Shana Merrick, MSW, LSW, CDCA. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati for both her bachelor's and Master's degree. Ms. Merrick has worked in the non profit arena for over 20 years in the fields of child welfare, behavioral health, specialized integrated behavioral health and primary care and addiction services. Ms. Merrick has held administrative positions for the last 15 years and assisted in the implementation of numerous start up initiatives within the fields above. Currently, Ms. Merrick serves as the Director of Adolescent and Prevention Services and a Quick Response Team clinical provider for the Addiction Services Council of Cincinnati.
Will Mueller is an Assistant Fire Chief with the Colerain Township Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services located just northwest of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a 20 year veteran of the fire service and holds certifications as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Instructor, and EMS Instructor. Chief Mueller has 16 years of experience teaching fire service personnel around the State of Ohio. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Cincinnati’s Fire and Safety Engineering Technology Program teaching courses in Community Risk Reduction. Chief Mueller holds a Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Services Management and is in the process of obtaining a Master’s degree in Higher Education specializing in Adult Education.