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Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:52 PM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:52 PM
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 2:44 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 8:15 AM
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Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 7:03 AM
DAYTON — Crews are responding to Miami Valley Hospital after a person reportedly showed up with a gunshot wound early Monday morning.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Police find man with gunshot wound to the head in Dayton home
Initial reports indicate the individual was reportedly shot near a Shell gas station in the 3400 block of E. Third St.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 7:23 AM
— A local organization is giving away wedding dress for military brides this week.
The third annual Marry Me Military for all military brides will take place on Sunday, May 27 in the Grand Ballroom at Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn. The event, offered by the United Service Organizations -Central and Southern Ohio, is open to 75 brides from noon to 3 p.m. The event has provided military brides with more than 300 free bridal gowns.
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Each bride can bring two guests. To be eligible for a complimentary wedding dress, brides must be an active duty, guard or reserve military member getting married, or the fiancé of an active duty, guard or reserve military member. If their military member is deployed, they must bring a copy of his/her orders and a short letter of introduction, along with their confirmation e-mail to be granted access to the event.
“We are excited to be able to provide wedding dresses to our military brides on their special day,” said Mia Walthers, center manager of WPAFB USO. “Often funds are low for our military members, so providing a new gown is one way our USO can show support to our new brides and help offset the expenses of the wedding. In the past, several brides told us they would have never been able to afford a dress like the one they got at the Marry Me Military events.”
Deadline to register is May 25.
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Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 7:09 AM
— Ohio isn’t one of the best states for veterans, according to a new analysis.
The average officer is only 45 years old — 42 for non-disability enlisted personnel — upon retirement from service, according to WalletHub’s new analysis. Military retirees deal with re-assimilation into civilian life, sometimes facing challenges with the job markets, homelessness, disabilities and Post-Tramatic Stress Disorder.
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WalletHub ranked the best states for the military community, using a data set of 27 key metrics, ranging from veterans per capita to number of VA health facilities to job opportunities for veterans. Ohio didn’t rank in the top 20 states, landing at No. 23. The top states include:
3. New Hampshire
5. South Carolina
7. South Dakota
18. North Dakota
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