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Care Coordination Planning Team
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The sobering center hallway staff named after our first familiar client who inspired us to create the Care Coordination Planning Team.

Why Care Coordination…

It was the 18th visit for Marcus. The sobering center had just opened. He was the first client and the most frequent to be admitted by law enforcement. Staff named the hallway to the sobering dorm after him placing a green street sign with his name on the wall.

EMS was present on his 18th visit. The Captain on the ambulance recognized him. “I know this man. We transported him 80 times to 10 hospitals over the last 9 months.” Turns out there is a group of citizens that all service providers in Houston know. You just have to say Marcus and every organization describes the same individual.

Persistent behavioral health issues are at the heart of their frequent admissions. These clients inspired Houston Recovery Center to design an innovative recovery program just for them along with a coalition to address community communication and care coordination to improve their health and reduce the overuse of emergency medical and safety services.

The Care Coordination Planning Team meets quarterly to discuss data sharing and care coordination of clients who are familiar to us. Many community partners are involved in the conversation and solution building to improve the quality of life and care delivery to these vulnerable clients who most commonly frequent our services.

Houston Recovery Initiative
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Building Recovery Friendly Communities One Voice at a Time.

While society focuses on the ravages of addiction, the Houston Recovery Initiative redirects activity to recovery solutions cultivating the soil of social understanding, fostering access to resources, improving community education and operationalizing recovery projects into sustainable community resources.

This coalition addresses stigma, service integration, and community engagement to improve societal culture for individuals in recovery.

National Sobering Collaborative
A national collaborative where leaders of sobering centers, stakeholders and constituents gather at an annual summit to share best practices, discuss funding options, and offer support to communities seeking to start sobering centers in their community.

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2016 National Sobering Summit sponsored by the American College of Emergency Physicians with Dr. Shannon Smith-Bernardin, Leonard Kincaid, Dr. Otis Warren, Suzanne Jarvis, Dr. Melanie Lippmann