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Community Collaborations

Home of New Vision collaborates with other organizations in Washtenaw County to provide additional services to the community. 

Recovery Opioid Overdose Team (ROOT)

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Designated peer and care navigator coordinate between:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Hospital Emergency Departments
  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Mental Health
  • Primary Care
  • Other Community Resources

Project Approach

The Recovery Opioid Overdose Team (ROOT) will focus on individuals who have been involved in an opiate/heroin overdose, rescued with naloxone/Narcan by first
responders and transferred to the emergency department for medical services.

Primary Objective

The primary objective will be to ensure the individual is released into a safe setting with adequate support. ROOT will provide assistance with referral to treatment and other resources at or post-release from the Emergency Department, including a warm hand-off to:

  • engagement center 
  • shelter 
  • residential program 
  • withdrawal management 
  • crisis residential 
  • a medication-assisted treatment provider
  • mental health  
  • other appropriate settings 


ROOT Community Partnership 

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Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

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Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, misuse, and dependence on alcohol and drugs (SAMHSA). 

The SBIRT team provides the following services:

  • Brief sessions with the Clinical Case Manager and Peer Recovery Coach
  • Psychoeducation about alcohol and drug use
  • Referrals to specialized treatment
  • Assistance in removing barriers to recovery and peer support

SBIRT is for you if you have experienced any of the following in the past six months:

  • Feeling the need to cut back on your drinking or drug use
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cope with stressors
  • Consequences from alcohol or drug use such as legal problems, health issues, financial issues, relationship issues and/or worsening mental health issues related to use
  • Alcohol or drug use is disrupting your normal life and routine
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

What SBIRT is NOT:

  • Therapy
  • Long-term service or treatment
  • Assessment to determine level of care
  • Affiliated with any one type of recovery program
  • Abstinence-only model
  • An emergency service

The benefits of SBIRT include the reduction of:

  • Healthcare costs
  • Severity of alcohol and drug use
  • Risk of trauma including distressing events that have long-lasting, harmful effect on a person’s physical and emotional health and wellbeing
  • The percentage of at-risk patients who go without specialized substance use treatment (SAMHSA)


Community Partners


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