New app helps users find Montgomery County treatment, support

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:52 PM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:52 PM


            New app helps users find Montgomery County treatment, support
New app helps users find Montgomery County treatment, support

A new app that went live this week is intended to take the guess work out of finding addiction services in Montgomery County.

The GetHelpNow app is intended to be a quick way for the user to find out options different types of for addiction and mental health services.

Montgomery County was overdose crisis was a driver behind the 566 Montgomery County overdose deaths last year. As the carries on, county officials and first responders have cited a need for an easier way to match people in need to the right kind of help.

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The app is the first tool to aggregate not only a list of options to one place but also include directions to the locations, contact information, the types of services offered and the types of payments they accept.

“GetHelpNow will help eliminate much of the guess work for law enforcement, EMS crews and others who are at the scene of an emergency,” said Helen Jones-Kelley, executive director of Montgomery County Alcohol Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services.

The app has four categories: 24/7 urgent services, treatment services, supprot services and housing services.

The county spent $100,000 on the app, with the money coming from the health and human services levy. The app was designed by Ascend, a medical technology venture affiliated with the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association.

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The developers said are looking into ways to integrate information on available beds, but that would come with challenges since providers who would have to feed information into the system about their constantly changing availability.

While in the app, a user can also click to share information about a particular treatment center via text or email, which Jordan Doczy, director of digital at Ascend, said can help people looking up information on behalf of someone else.

Lori Erion, founder of Families of Addicts, who frequently helps get people into treatment, said the app appears to be a good first step. She said it is important that it marks what type of payment the locations take.

While still learning more about the app, Erion said the tool will need to be marketed so people are aware its an option and updated to stay accurate. A database also can’t replace having relationships with treatment centers to get people in crisis served right away.

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“It’s a good start,” she said.

Jones-Kelley said the county views the GetHelpNow app as step one toward adding in all the services into an app to let residents get immediate information on how to access services like food assistance, TANF and transportation.

“There’s a lot that’s going to happen because now there’s a great infrastructure for building upon a new tool,” she said.

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Over 2 million views and a shout-out from Lady Antebellum. Middletown Police lip sync challenge video is dominating the Internet

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 12:29 PM

A screen shot from the video the Middletown Police Department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among law enforcement.
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A screen shot from the video the Middletown Police Department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among law enforcement.(MIDDLETOWN DIVISION OF POLICE/FACEBOOK)

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said he was “overwhelmed” by the response to a video his department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among police departments.

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Since its posting at noon Wednesday, the video has been viewed more than 2 million times, shared more than 56,000 times and has generated more than 6,000 comments.

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“Incredible,” Muterspaw told the Journal-News this morning.

Since its posting at noon Wednesday, Middletown Police Department’s lip sync challenge video has been viewed more than 2 million times, shared more than 56,000 times and has generated more than 6,000 comments.(MIDDLETOWN DIVISION OF POLICE/FACEBOOK)

The video also attracted the attention of country music group Lady Antebellum, whose song “Need You Now” is lip synced by Middletown Police.

The group tweeted the video was “amazing.”

The Middletown Police Department's lip sync challenge video features the song "Need You Now" by country music group Lady Antebellum.

Muterspaw said it took about one hour to shoot the video, and while some officers were reluctant at first, he said everyone seemed to enjoy the experience.

He said it’s important to show police officers are human.

“If we brought out some smiles, then we did our job,” Muterspaw said.

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In the video, officers are seen craving doughnuts, and once the empty boxes in the office are replenished, stuffing their faces with doughnuts.

Muterspaw said police officers truly “love” their doughnuts.

“We always have them in the break room,” he said.

Police departments across the country are issuing and answering a lip sync challenge.(MIDDLETOWN DIVISION OF POLICE/FACEBOOK)
 

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Ribbon-cutting held for Perfections Beauty College opening

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 7:43 PM



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Perfections Beauty College held a ribbon-cutting with the city Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

This Beauty College is located at 7806 Waynetown Blvd., where the old Carousel Beauty College was located.

When Carousel Beauty College abruptly closed about two years ago, over 300 students in the Dayton region were unable to finalize their education, said City Council Member of Huber Heights Richard Shaw.

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Perfections Beauty College has revamped and renovated this location and is coming in to help students continue their education that they had with Carousel.

“We are hoping to bring back as many students from the Carousel institutions as we can in hopes that they can keep the hours they worked for with that institution,” said one of the owners Kailey Yolanda. “Our goal is to help the students in reaching their diploma as they should have with Carousel.”

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Car flips on its top, catches fire in Dayton

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:44 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

N. Broadway accident

UPDATE @ 1:00 p.m.:

Police on scene told us one man was taken to a hospital but is in good condition after he struck an RTA pole and flipped his car on its top.

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The driver was the only person involved in the accident, police said.

He lost control of his car before striking the pole.

A tow truck just left the scene and the road should open back up soon.

FIRST REPORT:

A road is closed after a vehicle flipped on its top and caught fire in Dayton Sunday.

Crews responded to the scene at North Broadway Street and Superior Avenue around 11:38 a.m., regional dispatchers confirmed.

North Broadway Street between Grand Avenue and Superior Avenue is closed, according to our crew on scene.

Dispatch advised people take an alternate route.

Everyone was able to get out of the vehicle, dispatch said.

We are working to learn the cause of this accident and if there were any injuries.

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Greene County voters may decide on new tax for career center

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:18 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:18 PM


            The Greene County Career Center, 2960 W. Enon Road, may be on the move to a new facility at U.S. 68 and U.S. 35 if voters approve a bond issue in November. CONTRIBUTED
The Greene County Career Center, 2960 W. Enon Road, may be on the move to a new facility at U.S. 68 and U.S. 35 if voters approve a bond issue in November. CONTRIBUTED

Voters in Greene County will decide whether to approve a new tax to pay for a new career center that would be built at U.S. 68 and U.S. 35.

The proposal is for a 20-year, 1.03-mill bond issue that would generate approximately $4.1 million a year while costing homeowners about $36 for every $100,000 worth of property.

Building the new facility is estimated to be a $62 million project, part of which would be paid for through savings achieved by the district, according to Greene County Career Center Superintendent Dave Deskins.

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About $18 million has been saved from two sources: A settlement on a faulty workmanship claim from work in 2010 and the permanent improvement levy that voters approved in 1996, which was the last time voters approved new revenue for the career center, Deskins said.

“Between savings and contributions from business and industry, we will be able to equip the facility for generations to come,” Deskins said. “The career center has been working to save diligently to pay toward this. We’re currently in a position to contribute a substantial portion to support the project.”

Deskins said they tried to avoid this tax request by lobbying to change state law and allow the Ohio School Facilities Commission to help fund a new career center. The OSFC can fund renovations and remodeling projects but not new construction for career centers, Deskins said.

Language was included in the state’s last budget bill that would have changed the law, but when it reached Gov. John Kasich’s desk, it was one of 47 line-item vetoes.

“We were really close to finding a way to have the state help with this project,” Deskins said.

Most voters are supportive of building a new career center, if programming is expanded, according to a survey of voters that the Career Center conducted.

According to the survey, 59 percent of voters would support a new construction project, while 41 percent said “no.”

The potential new location at U.S. 68 and U.S. 35 is about eight miles away from the Career Center’s current campus on West Enon Road. Deskins said the proposed site is more centrally located for the county’s seven districts and would be closer for five of the seven districts served by the career center.

The Career Center has big plans for the new initiative “Take Flight,” which aims to train students to enter the aerospace and aviation industry. Deskins cites a job market study that indicates significant demand for skilled workers in engineering, manufacturing and information technology related to the aviation industry.

Deskins said the current facility at 2960 W. Enon Road was built in 1967, and the electric system is inadequate to accommodate new technology and equipment.

“This is an incredible opportunity not only for Greene County but for the region,” Deskins said. “We know it’s going to have an impact on Ohio’s economy.”

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