In a recent Reading Eagle article about Berks County's Human Services Block Grant program, the Warm Hand-off initiative was touted as a success.
In the article, Dr. Edward B. Michalik, administrator of mental health and developmental disabilities programs for the county, cited Warm Hand-off as one of two programs in particular that are making a difference. Through Warm Hand-off, individuals who enter hospitals with substance use disorders are encouraged to go directly from the hospital to a drug treatment facility.
"Michalik said that since the program debuted in late 2015 there have been 1,228 overdose survivors and about 55% have accepted guidance into treatment," the article stated.
Warm Hand-off is available at Reading Hospital and Penn State Health St. Joseph hospital.
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