Floyd County Substance Abuse Hotline
The Floyd County Health Department has set up a new lifeline for members of our community seeking help for their substance abuse problems.
Functional this week, the phone service provides numbers for substance abuse assistance. Callers are provided the names and organizations to contact for inpatient and outpatient therapy as well as detoxification. People may use the service anonymously or can contact a FCHD representative for assistance and follow-up.
The number is (812) 542-6844. Use is not limited to Floyd County residents. The roll-out of the lifeline will be linked to publicity efforts to increase the visibility of its number. We hope to increase utilization of services already in existence in our area. The FCHD has been working for months to increase awareness and use of community addiction assets that help those with drug issues.
“This is a part of the Health Department’s continuing response to the increasing public health effects of drug abuse in our community”, said Floyd County Health Officer Thomas M. Harris, MD. Dr. Harris did note that to date Floyd County has not yet seen the spike in Hepatitis C and HIV cases that have troubled other southern Indiana counties and have led to measures such as needle exchanges in those communities. “We are seeing an increase in the overdoses secondary to heroin, however.”
For additional information please contact the FCHD at 812-948-4726.
Indiana's "Text to 911" Program
Continuing efforts to improve public safety and modernize Indiana’s 911 services, Treasurer of the State Kelly Mitchell and the Statewide 911 Board are pleased to announce that Hoosiers in all 92 counties can now send a text message to 911.
“Indiana has the largest deployment of ‘Text to 911’ in the United States” said Treasurer Mitchell.
“Since 911 was created, Indiana has been a leader in this industry. Statewide ‘Text to 911’ capabilities are yet another example of our leadership and innovation in this arena.”
‘Text to 911’ services allow people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and speaking impaired to access participating emergency service call centers by sending a text message to 911 in lieu of making a voice call or needing a telephone relay service. “Text to 911” also allows residents in dangerous situations who are unable to risk the noise of a call to send a text for help.
If you would like more information about the ‘Text to 911’ program please contact Barry Ritter, Executive Director of the Statewide 911 Board at (317) 234-2507.
New Website to Find Child Care
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) recently announced a new, online tool to assist families in finding child care and early education providers.
ChildCareFinder.IN.gov is one of several online enhancements FSSA is making to help parents and families find services in their area.
The website allows families to search licensed providers by numerous parameters including location, type of provider, hours and licensing status, which will help families across the state meet their child-care needs.
Families can find inspection reports and any validated complaints or enforcement actions for each provider they search. Parents can also see if the provider participates in Paths to Quality, Indiana's voluntary quality rating and improvement system.
With this new tool, parents can be assured they are finding high-quality child care that meets their needs while helping ensure their child's safety.
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