Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) is one of several recipients of a Drug Free Marion County (DFMC) grant award, announced this morning. The grant is to the Outreach Division of Indianapolis EMS, ProjectPOINT, administered by the IEMS CORE Mobile Integrated Health Team. ProjectPOINT represents Planned Outreach, Intervention, Naloxone, and Treatment. It is an intervention effort to reduce opioid overdose in Marion County.
Through this project, persons that have received the life-saving medication naloxone (Narcan) by first responders will be linked with the IEMS CORE team. The goal is to engage and bridge them to a community partner specializing in addiction treatment services. This will represent our third step in a concentrated effort to beat opioid addiction, the first two being awareness and intervention. Dr. Dan O’Donnell, chief medical director with Indianapolis EMS said, “We have been successful in making citizens aware of the dangers of opiate addiction. We have seen great success in the deployment of first responder naloxone to save lives. Now we will intervene at that lifesaving moment to help the individual move into treatment and past opiate addiction.”
Currently, the Indianapolis EMS Outreach Division CORE team conducts outreach, education, and intervention efforts in the community. The group was initially created to reduce high numbers of emergency room visits and returns, focusing on persons suffering pediatric asthma and cardiac related issues when it formed in 2012. By collaborating with clinical facilities, mental health professionals, social workers, and law enforcement partners, the team has been able to expand their role in the community. For the past year, the focus has expanded to include persons suffering mental illness and addiction as well as those who have limited financial resources.
IEMS is the largest provider of emergency pre-hospital medical care in the state, responding to nearly 100,000 9-1-1 calls each year. A division of the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety, IEMS is a partnership between the City of Indianapolis, Indiana University School of Medicine and Health, and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, with Eskenazi Health as the supervising health system. IEMS strives to provide the best pre-hospital medical services to the community through the endless pursuit of excellence in patient-centered care, education, efficiency, efficacy, safety, and quality of service. IEMS serves the community not only through emergency care, but through unique outreach programs and educational opportunities. Our mission: Right care. Every patient. Every time.
To learn more about IEMS, visit www.IndianapolisEMS.org.